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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mistermojorizi, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. mistermojorizi

    mistermojorizi Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I got the full versions of Juice Defender and green power, but I can't seem to set this up.

    I just want it to turn wifi off when there is no connectable network (either a known network or one without a password) around and to turn it back on when there is a connectable network around. I don't want mobile data to be messed with (it will turn itself off when wifi is turned on) and I don't want wifi turned off when the screen turns off.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    edit: if there is any program that can do this that I don't have, I would consider buying it as well.

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  2. Maybe something Tasker could do but I don't use Tasker so I wouldn't know. There is an option in the advanced WiFi settings to disable WiFi when the phone is asleep but that's not really what you're looking for.
  3. syntrix

    syntrix Android Expert

    Ummm... put the radio bar widget on your screen and use that?

    I don't know why people install battery using apps to attempt to get better battery life. Sounds counter productive, especially coming from a user that gets exceptional battery life without installing these tools.
  4. Member112085

    Member112085 Guest

    Try Woofi. When you're near a network, connect to it, then in Woofi, set your location and give it a name (i.e. home, work, etc.). Then, when you're near your saved locations, Woofi automatically turns your wifi on and connects to the wifi at that location. When you leave, it disconnects and turns wifi off. The paid version allows you to add as many locations as you want.
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  5. Jedi54

    Jedi54 Well-Known Member

    thanks dawnierae, I'll look into that app as well.
  6. gordonwd

    gordonwd Well-Known Member

    So Woofi uses GPS to tell that you're near a saved location?
  7. Jomero

    Jomero Newbie

    I personally use Setting Profiles by Probeez. It does much more than just enable WiFi or not based on what WiFi networks are available.

    Basically it lets you create all sorts of profiles based on all sorts of criteria. For example:

    When I am physically at work, during a work day, and during work hours (all three criteria met), then my phone turns on WiFi, and it sets my ringtone and notification volume to a level that will not bug coworkers (I can't stand other coworkers who don't turn their ringer volume down).

    When I am at home: then my WiFi turns on, my ringer and notification volume change to a louder level.

    When I am at home and it is during the hours I am asleep, my ringer volume gets slightly quieter, but my notification volume is set to silent (no emails, messages, and the like to constantly disturb my sleep).

    That is just a small taste of the power of this app. It makes your smartphone a truly smart phone.

    The different ways it can check your location to determine what profiles to activate are: 1. What WiFi networks are in range. 2. Which cell phone towers are in range. 3. Your GPS location. I use the first two, for obvious battery reasons.

    I've tried other similar programs like Tasker and Locale. But I always come back to Setting Profiles. It's cheaper (3.99 I believe) and much more comprehensive and simpler to use. It is always the first app I install on any android phone I get. And they recently updated it for ICS, and it works great.
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  8. clb2196

    clb2196 Android Enthusiast

    Wouldn't the Wifi always have to be on for that, through? Seems to be counterproductive to what the OP is asking for, since they want to turn Wifi off when they aren't near a network they can connect to.

    Tasker can enable/disable based on GPS, too, but any app that does that is going to use a lot of battery, Tasker even warns you about it.
  9. the block

    the block Newbie

    How about using llama? It uses cell towers for location vs gps.
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  10. Needsdecaf

    Needsdecaf Android Expert

    I would hope not. That would be akin to driving 50 miles out of your way to save $0.02 / gallon of gas. Benefits totally outweighed by the price. GPS uses WAY more battery than Wifi.
  11. TheRoosevelt

    TheRoosevelt Android Expert

    Thanks for this, I just downloaded it and it's amazing. It basically automates everything, and only uses cell tower data :D
  12. rnelsonee

    rnelsonee Newbie

    I think Llama fits the bill. I use Tasker for this because Tasker can do more things than Llama.

    So I set up Tasker to only turn on Wi-Fi when I'm near certain cell towers, and once Wi-Fi is on, it then can tell when I'm home vs. just near a cell tower. So OP, if you go with Tasker, let me know and I'll post the profiles which you can then import.
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  13. wedgemoose

    wedgemoose Android Enthusiast

    I used "Wifi toggle" in the past and loved it. but it doesn't seem to work in ICS. Maybe he will update soon. This app used a different technique to turn your wifi on and off. it used time settings. You could choose different times to check for wifi. I would use 15 minutes. So every 15 minutes it would check to see if there was a wifi connection to connect to. Only checked for a few seconds. never drained my battery. so 15 minutes after walking into my house or work i would be connected to the wifi. and the same when i left those places, it would be off in 15 minutes.
  14. gparadox

    gparadox Member

    I use the app 'Y5'... Seems to be exactly what you are looking for:

    The description:
    Light and fast app which turns Wifi off when no known network is around and turns it on in locations where you were already connected before.
    The app remembers the locations automatically. All you have to do is to turn the Wifi radio on at each new Wifi spot.
  15. Jomero

    Jomero Newbie

    My default profile has WiFi disabled. So I only have it turn on WiFi when I am at work or home, and I use the WiFi network name in range or cell phone towers to have it determine my location. Cell tower location doesn't drain your battery like GPS, since your phone is already looking at available towers all the time anyway.
  16. Lohung

    Lohung Android Enthusiast

    this is Juice Defender? I have the free version and i was seriously contemplating on paying for the upgrade. What version are you Running Pro or Ultimate? I know pro is on sale till new yrs for .99c

    but your talking about Juice Defender right??
  17. jikhead

    jikhead Android Expert

    Try WiFi Auto On. It's pretty darn consistent on my incredible. The Verizon app sucks.
  18. Get Y5 Battery Saver app. Does what Woofi does, but for free.

    I've been using it, and it's great.
  19. mistermojorizi

    mistermojorizi Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    i got woofi, and every time i try to launch it, it says "unfortuneately woofi has stopped"

    edit: got the latest beta version of woofie from the developers site here: http://woofi.contriving.net/2011/07/beta-update-1-7beta6a/

    and now it's starting up fine. but not sure how to program it yet.
  20. Member112085

    Member112085 Guest

    When you're at a location with a network you want to automatically be connected to when in range, open Woofi, and select "locations". Then select "pick location on map". Then hit the menu button on the map screen and select "+Add my location". Give the location a name, and that's it.

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