Support Should I turn off WiFi when I turn on 3G?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Ruben, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. Ruben

    Ruben Well-Known Member
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    Whenever I am on a WiFi network, I keep my 3G mobile network on. Mainly for visual voicemail purposes. So, does that mean that I am wasting my battery by having it on?
     

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  2. upther

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    Nope. When you turn the WiFi on, the phone automatically shuts down the 3G network.
     
  3. Ruben

    Ruben Well-Known Member
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    Not for me.
     
  4. upther

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    I should put it this way. It doesn't turn it off, but it doesn't use it either. When you turn the WiFi on the phone defaults to that for all internet related traffic. The 3G is effectively asleep at that point. The only time it will be active is when you're sending or receiving picture/video messages.
     
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  5. Ruben

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    Thank you so much.
     
  6. lexluthor

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    Really, you still see the 1x/3G icon in the top bar even when you are connected to wifi!?
     
  7. woop

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    The wifi signal bar should replace the "3G" icon if you have wifi on. This isn't the case for you?

    If you have wifi, leave it on and it will automatically default that as the main source. But if you're not within wifi range, turn it off so it doesn't use any power trying to scan for open ports to connect to.
     
  8. Ruben

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    I do indeed.
     
  9. rhippler

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    I've seen this also. disabling and re-enabling WiFi seems to get rid of it.
     
  10. poland626

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    I've had that. I feel like having 3G AND wifi just makes the connection more awesome and stronger :p
     
  11. underarock

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    Is there any (battery) advantage to turning off the Wifi when you know there's none available?
     
  12. ssddyakno

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    I would assume so. It is going to look periodically for wifi if it's on, and that takes battery.
     
  13. upther

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    Yup. If it's on and hasn't connected to a WiFi network, it will keep searching for one. Always better to turn it off when not in range of a connectable hotspot.
     

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