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  1. darkcyber

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    I know I have seen mention in a thread somewhere here about an app that turns your wifi on and off by location...i.e. turns it on say while you're at home and at your office and then turns it off when you're not around those.

    Is there an app that will do this? If so, what is it?

    Thanks!
     

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    Tasker can do this. They have a 7 day trial on their website so you aren't limited to the 15 minute trail in the marketplace.

    If you want precise locations to be used, you'll have to use GPS which will drain the battery a little faster. If your work/home are separated by a bit, though, or you don't mind your Wifi turning on/off when you're just roughly near your home/work you can use the rough cell tower positioning which has practically no impact on the battery.

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    I know juice defender does also.
     
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    I knew it was you! I Didn't want to put your name out there unless I was certain it was you I saw that posted it. I was trying to find that thread I saw it in but couldn't. :D
     
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    I've probably posted that about 25 times... shouldn't be that hard to find one. :D
     
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    Yep, that is the one I remember seeing. So, those 25 times colchiro you posted it counted for something :D

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
     
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    Some times it take 25 times to sink in.... :D

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    Another good trick is to change the wifi sleep policy so that wifi turns off when the screen does. It is in the advanced section.
     
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    This will actually cause worse battery life than just leaving it on all the time. Very little power is used by just maintaining a Wifi connection, it's a lot harder on the battery to be negotiating a connection every time.
     
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    By that logic Y5 is a bad idea too and so would toggling the BT. I'm not sure that power sleep is the same as disconnecting. iOS devices use this method too. An itouch can go for over a week like this. ymmv. Just an idea.

    I came across this policy because my wifes Fascinate had really good battery life with the wifi on so I started digging, found this and changed it on my X. So far I don't see worse battery life. I also changed my build.prop to increase the wifi polling interval on the X some time ago.
     
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    No, that's definitely not following the same logic.

    Turning off a radio for substantial periods is, of course, better for battery than leaving it on. Having Wifi turn off and on constantly every time you turn your screen off is not at all the same thing.

    Also, anecdotes are great but they are not proof. iOS may put your Wifi into low power mode but it definitely does not turn it off the same way that the option in Android does - because I've used that option and it regularly disassociates you from the access point. In iOS, you are not disconnected from the AP.

    It also won't be a LOT worse battery life, my point is mostly that you're setting an option that in no way helps your battery life. Standby wifi uses virtually no battery.
     
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    So what you are saying is google included a feature which turns off the wifi and uses more power?
    the eris has a pretty inefficient wifi radio. From what I've seen it sucks juice quite a bit in standby; so much that you are better leaving it off. Basically my point is that depending your hardware and usage it may be another good option.
    Im sure we agree that wifi generally uses a tenth the power that the cell radio does when being used. When not in use, the wifi wastes a bit of power scanning ap.
     
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    It would be interesting to test overnight several options. Wifi off, wifi sleep, wifi on to see if 3g emailing polling is that expensive compared to several wifi modes.
     

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