If you own an Android device, you’ll agree that connecting your device to a computer and enabling WiFi are mostly a subsequence of one another. That is, whenever you’re close enough to a Wi-Fi network and a computer, you are bound to plug your device in for charging after connecting to said Wi-Fi network or vice versa.
There is a free application on the Android Market that handles this task for you. WiFi Automatic auto-enables Wi-Fi when your device is plugged in for charging via USB and disables it whenever it is disconnected. The app has been around for a while now. This review is for those who are still unaware of the tool and are fond of automizing their devices.
The interface of the application is extremely simple. Tapping the toggle button (top) enables or disables the background service that checks whether the phone is plugged in for charge via USB.
Tapping the settings button allows you to configure service settings. You can even enable a Notification sound to alert you whenever Wi-Fi is enabled/disabled as a result of USB cable connection/disconnection.
A particularly interesting feature is the Previous state before charger connection option in the Additional options menu, which when selected, sets the application to retain the pre-connection Wi-Fi status once the device is disconnected. That is, the application remembers whatever the status of the Wi-Fi on your device was before it was plugged in and restores it to that status when it is plugged out. Another handy advanced option of the app is its ability to delay for 30 seconds before switching to the previous state. This particular option can come in handy in case you happen to accidentally unplug the device, or want to stay hooked to the Wi-Fi for just a tad longer. Should you opt to go with the latter option, you’re presented with the option to ignore the 30-second delay upon unplugging, and instantly switch to the pre-connection Wi-Fi state.
You can download WiFi Automatic from the Market for free via the link below.
If you like WiFi Automatic, you will also be impressed by Better WiFi On/Off – an even better solution for automating Wi-Fi connectivity on your Android. As our review of Better WiFi On/Off suggests, not only the app provides WiFi Automatic-like connection toggling upon un/plugging your device, but also supports several other advanced features, including toggling with respect to screen status, ability to auto-start upon boot and more.