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Yo Verizon, What’s With This Ongoing Wi-Fi Toggle Notification on the Galaxy S3 and Incredible 4G?


I spent my first full day with the Incredible 4G LTE yesterday after putting it off over the holiday, and noticed something a bit frustrating almost immediately. See that screenshot above on the left? The “Ongoing” message to turn WiFi on. As an “Ongoing” notification, it never goes away. I’m not kidding about this either. If you take a look at the “Advanced Wi-Fi” shot to its right, you can see that there isn’t an option to remove this. So no matter what you are doing on your phone or where you are, which could mean you are 400 miles away from the nearest WiFi router, you will have that WiFi icon with a slash through it telling you to turn WiFi on. The only way to get that obnoxious little icon to go away, is to connect to a WiFi network. 

To make matters worse, this doesn’t seem to be isolated to the new Incredible. Samsung Galaxy S3 owners who received shipments from Verizon this week are reporting the exact same thing. From what we have heard, Big Red actually went as far as to remove the WiFi toggle in the notification bar that Samsung’s TouchWiz has become known for, and replaced it with this ongoing notification, that again, cannot be removed.

It’s probably safe to assume that this move is to get people to use WiFi more. If they are constantly reminding you to turn on WiFi, you probably will turn it on. Then you’ll use WiFi and not their network, which might be a smart idea for those of you stuck on those tiered or ridiculously overpriced shared data plans. I can’t help but admit that I find this ultra-obnoxious, though. I understand that this is a good way to remind novice users, but give the advanced population the ability to turn it off if we don’t like it.

If anyway finds a way to turn this off, please pass it along.

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  • Why are phone manufacturers allowing carriers to determine what should and shouldn’t be on their phones? When will there be an end to this nonsense and a true separation of carriers and manufacturers? People expect carriers to provide great mobile service, and manufacturers to provide great equipments, and costs in both scopes to be kept low. When these two mix up each other’s scopes, we end up with mediocre service on mediocre equipments, paying a higher price to fund all the useless development that goes into customizing phones to carrier requirements…

  • J2

    This works on Non Rooted phones also.

    “To remove the annoying wifi popup that comes up everytime you use an
    app that constantly requests a data stream, dial *#6335623#
    (star-pound-6-3-3-5-6-2-3-pound) and a menu will popup. Hit Disable
    WifiOffLoading. Now all annoying alerts/notifications are gone.”

  • glvangorp

    Step 1. Root your phone.
    Step 2. Download SQLite Editor and go into the secure table in the settings.db (database) in the “settings storage” app.
    Step 3: Edit the wifi_networks_available_notification_on record’s value field from 1 (true) to 0 (false).
    Step 4: Restart your phone.

    Now to remove the annoying wifi popup that comes up everytime you use an app that constantly requests a data stream, dial *#6335623# (star-pound-6-3-3-5-6-2-3-pound) and a menu will popup. Hit Disable WifiOffLoading. Now all annoying alerts/notifications are gone.


  • nahum

    25 gb used In one month. Im getting my moneys worth.. haha

  • SolipsisticPsychologist

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    • Nptz43

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      • Nptz43

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  • paulie d

    Also happens on my bionic with ics leak its most likely a ice cream sandwich thing

  • feztheforeigner

    My Galaxy S3 has the notification there regardless. It tells me when it’s off AND when it’s on. Permanently…

  • ezpotato

    another kinda nuisance thing i’ve noticed is the keyboard. I came from mostly Moto devices, and the predictive text and auto-correct on this is terrible. i played with the settings (or lack of) and just cant get it to be comfortable. i’m having to correct almost everything. I just downloaded swiftkey, and it’s a sh!t times better. is this how all samsung keyboards have been? my nexus didnt have it this bad, but i figured that’s a stock android keyboard.

    thank god for having a choice of keyboards, but to me this was a terrible out-of-box experience on the gs3. anyone else or just me?

  • nymaestro

    Here is what I found:

    “The Wi-Fi struggles to connect or stay connected due to complaints on forums. There have been suggestions on how to fix this though from one particular user on AndroidForums. The user who goes by the name of cary328is has suggested the following which they claim “was learned from XDA developers:

    1. Go to your phone dialer

    2. Dial *#0011#

    3. When you see the “ServiceMode” screen, press the left menu button

    4. Select “WiFi”

    5. See that “Wifi Power Save Mode” button that is “ON” – well turn it “OFF”

    6. Exit this menu, turn off your Wifi and turn it back on. If you already entered all your wifi credentials, forget your network info (remove it) and re-enter it again.”

  • Actually, once you connect to a Wifi network, it is replaced by “connected to [network name]. So just as annoying

  • Sobr0801

    Switching my Rezound to Cricket anyways, F you Verizon.

  • Christopher Fullenkamp

    The notification went away on its own on my galaxy s3. Wish they would have just leftvthe WiFi toggle instead if the notification.

  • rockstar323

    This is the same company that said a few years back that smartphones didn’t need wifi because their network was massive and fast.

    I remember how bummed I was when I found out the Tour didn’t have wifi.

  • Jwhap

    Just curious. With the sbeam function on the s3, could this be the issue, since wifi direct is always on??? I have a nexus, just thought this may help!

  • ddevito

    Verizon and Bloatware get a gas face

  • ddevito