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How to: Remove That Pesky Ongoing WiFi Notification on the Verizon Galaxy S3

On Friday, we noticed that Verizon had introduced a new “ongoing” notification to the Galaxy S3 and Incredible 4G LTE that to put it nicely, was a bit annoying. This is essentially their way of reminding customers that they should use WiFi as much as possible rather than their brand spankin’ new 4G LTE network. For tiered or shared data customers, this reminder is probably worthwhile, but to those of us with unlimited data and who do not appreciate a 24-7 reminder of something we do anyway, we were looking for ways to get rid of it. One of our readers has come through in the clutch again with a step-by-step guide, for rooted users. 


*You have to be rooted in order to do this.

1.  Download an SQL editor from the Play store and open it. SQLite Editor is an option.
2.  Find Setting storage>settings.db>secure:


3.  Locate line 86 “wifi_networks_available_notification_on” in the editor and long press on that record.


4.  Choose “Edit Record” and change the value to 0 (zero).

5.  Save the record, back out and restart your phone. Enjoy not having a WiFi notification any longer.

Cheers Brandon!

  • dpm

    Does this apply to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1? Can’t find settings.db

  • Riggs04

    how do you get the apps to show up? Mine shows root access could not be obtained. I downloaded GV integration but it still wont show up. Any ideas?

  • Any way to do this without root?

  • Vadim

    There no line 86. Line 81 then 114

  • badsite

    simply go into settings in facebook and turn off alerts. dont have to waste money on this worthless app. theyre just trying to get you to pay for Sh*&

  • feztheforeigner

    Any way to get rid of that pesky “Your battery is full, please unplug from the charger” notification?

  • Aaron Anderson

    Good to see that i’m not the only one with a dead battery lol. Good find lets see how it works on my phone…

  • i don’t want to root my phone another way to do this???????

  • randomguy

    I need help from anyone who can help me with a rooted samsung galaxy S3.I accidentally changed the value on the wrong id in sql editor.I got my phone from verizon and line 86 is allowed_geolocation_origins not wifi_networks_available_notification_on.Line 10 was the wifi in the notification bar so if anyone can look it up for me and tell me what the value is on the allowed_geolocation_origins that would be awesome.Thank you everyone.

  • Micah Gemmell

    Now, how do we get rid of the sliding toggles in the notification bar, or add a wifi option? It annoys me to no end!

  • mwm18

    Followed this step by step, mine was in field 10, rebooted and still getting stupid pop-up, anyone have this happen? ? Plz help.

    • krusty46

      Same, but it’s no longer showing up in my notifications any more, only popping up to annoy me now. Progress either way, now if I could only get rid of the VZW Home bookmark in the default browser

  • BAoxymoron

    originally I thought I’d be anoyed with this but to be perfectly honest I like it separate from toggle bar since that is the setting I change the most. And it doesn’t really get in th way at all since the screen is big enough… actually one thing that does bug me more is the way they do keyboard selection on it… because that actually gets a icon on the top bar which has less excess real estate

  • Master O’Disaster

    Didn’t work for me.

  • Guest__Comment

    Why are so many other sites (falsely) claiming this is an annoying POP UP message????


    • Master O’Disaster

      Because it is an annoying pop-up message! I almost never use WiFi, and it was *always* turned off on my previous phones until I wanted it on.

      There is no option yet (that I know of) to totally turn off WiFi on the GS3. As a result, I get these annoying pop-ups asking me if I want to connect to available WiFi networks when I start something that may use data (Starting Google Play almost always does this).

      Ridiculously annoying, and I can’t wait for a fix to this.

  • e_droid

    Will DroidEdit work for this?
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aor.droidedit&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5hb3IuZHJvaWRlZGl0Il0. I have no problem buying apps but rather get something free if I’m only going to use it once.

    • i tried it, would not work for me. I was in the same boat. I broke down and bought the app. maybe you will have better luck! (it may be line 10 BTW)

      • e_droid

        Yeah I ended up buying it, line 10 as well I believe.

  • Grant Manion

    This worked great. If you change the value of “Wifi off load” to 0 then you don’t get those pop up messages that bug you to turn wifi on. Now we just need to figure out how to put the wifi toggle back in the quick settings at the top of the notification pull-down. Any ideas?

  • is it better to root the phone right out of the box when you first get it or wait til later ?
    (any input or tips for first time rooters?)

    • e_droid

      Doesn’t matter. Normally I get used to the phone stock, see what I like, what I don’t like then I root to see if it will benefit me with the features I want improved.

  • burpootus

    I used root explorer to copy settings.db from /Data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db to the sdcard. I then used aSQLiteManger to edit wifi_networks_available_notification_on from “1” to “0”. I then copied the file from the sdcard back to it’s original location, answering yes to the ” replace file” prompt. I then edited the permissions to be rw-rw—- and rebooted the phone. Upon reboot, the phone got stuck at the 4G bootsplash. I then used ODIN to reflash the rooted image. Phone still gets stuck at bootsplash. Currently downloading stock image to flash in ODIN. I think I could’ve lived with the nagging notification.

    • Emad Zia

      ha that sucks man. i just followed the tried and true method posted at rootzwiki
      hope it works out for ya

      • burpootus

        Flashed stock image, still stuck at splash screen. Went into recovery and wiped data, phone booted normally. First Samsung phone, still learning it. Now to re-root and set everything back up.

    • Mike T

      I have a
      slightly different FREE method that I tried. It didn’t work so
      maybe I did something wrong, but my phone still boots:

      download aSQLiteManager (it’s free)

      download ashell (which is free,
      too). Launch it, check the box to allow ashell root access, then browse
      to the .db file: /Data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db

      when you open that
      file, choose to edit it with ASQLiteManager. go into Secure, hit
      settings, filter any method, I did FIRST. Then click the edit button in
      front of wifi_networks_available_notification_on and edit it to 0. Back
      out, commit changes when asked and reboot.

      that said, it didn’t work and I still have the notification.
      When I go back in to look at the file it still reports that it has been
      disabled (set to 0). Any ideas, other than shelling out another $3 to mod
      a setting that should be in the menus as a toggle anyway?

      • burpootus

        Once I got back up and running I used the SQL editor method in the OP and it worked perfectly. No copying, editing permissions, none of that. Simply open SQL editor, point it to settings.db, make the edit, reboot. I was hesitant to purchase the app for a one time use, I’ve owned, rooted, and ROM’ed a total of 5 devices so far without doing a single SQL edit, but from what I’m reading lately it could come in handy.

  • Emad Zia

    just got done doing this. rooting was super easy. as long as you have odin, the drivers and the .tar file, it’s literally 3 clicks and about 10 mins.

    My notification bar hasnt looked this sexy in 4 days….

  • feztheforeigner

    Now how about that notification that tells me when my battery is full?

    It can’t be dismissed and I’m not going to unplug my device overnight to to let it drain some battery…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I just need to root – too convoluted right now for me to mess with – and then I plan to do this ASAP as it drives me f***** batty

  • Christopher Fullenkamp

    There is no need to root, I’m not sure how it happened, but after about and hour of setting up my S3 it went away, I’m not sure what i changed, but mine no longer has the ongoing notification.

    • I’ve had mine since Friday, definitely didn’t go away until I did this.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      wrong. its there. pick an app that has the potential to be a data hog and you will see it

    • e_droid

      The only way I was able to turn off wifi was by using the power controls widget built in. The notification will still be there but that’s on’y ‘on/off’ button I have found (stock).

  • bjn714

    Reminds me of the good ol’ days of Windows registry editing.

  • arthur2142

    I just got my GS3, and I don’t have that notification…Do I have to turn Wi-Fi on for it to initialize itself, then it will never go away?

    • FortitudineVincimus

      wifi on or off, you will get the annoying f***** pop-up when you go to use an app that they deem has the potential to be a data hog

  • burkett375

    Where is the db in the file structure? I can’t seem to find it. Thanks.

    • /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db on my device.
      Permissions are rw-rw—- when you copy it back.

  • Anyone getting the “Error 5: DB is locked” message?

  • Awesome! Damned notification has been driving me crazy. I just rooted this sucker too!

    edit: Where the hell is line 86? Mine jumps from line 85 to 94…. help?

    • Found it! Mine was definitely not line 86. Line 10 for me.

      • Guest

        aw, if only it were the same spelling… I’m sure you never hear this:

        • Oh, I most definitely hear it! I’ve had 3 jobs where people have asked me on at least a weekly basis: “Hey, where’s Adam?”….

          When people ask how to pronounce my last name, I usually just say “like the MythBuster.”

      • alex

        Mine was line ten also

  • My Rezound does the same notification; when doing these steps, I’m not able to save the edit, as it tells me it is locked. Anyway around this?

    • You have to copy it to your SDCard, then change it from there. Once done, replace the old settings.db with the new one and change the permissions. I think it should be r/w for the top two choices… and everything else not checked.

      • Hey thanks dude 😉

      • twohawks

        I’m rooted with S-OFF and get this same “Error 5” message. I see no option in SQLite Editor to copy. I also don’t know what the correct path is to find the file if I try to copy the file manually. Anyone able to help?

  • Stewie

    Interesting, you do this before your screenies, which has line 86 already at “0” 🙂

  • nightscout13

    Thanks for this. Verizon, GTFO with your ridiculous ideas. Must have been Shamoo’s idea.

  • Brian Walker

    The fact that you have to do this at all is completely ridiculous. I already decided that once my contract is up I’m switching carriers, and this kind of crap isn’t making me want to stay.

  • Diablo81588

    SQLite is awesome. Entitlement check edit still works for free tethering as well 🙂

    • Where is the entitlement check listed at?

      • Diablo81588

        Open up sqlite, let it scan for databases, scroll down to settings storage (the one with tools icon), settings.db, settings, long press entitlement check (79), edit record, change value to 0, save, reboot. Now you can use the stock mobile hotspot app to tether 🙂

        • Are you talking about doing this for the S3. Because after settings.db settings is not there.

          • Diablo81588

            Well, forgot to mention that I’ve only tried that on moto devices. Never owned a Samsung.

    • where is the entitlement check? looking through the data files and can’t find it… thanks!

  • Alberto Hamade

    What is a free app that I can use to do this?

    • Diablo81588

      Ugh. Stop being cheap and support the dev!

    • SQL is free if you pirate it. :] Just look for it online.

      • So is money if you steal it from a bank. Pay for it.

        • lolz no

        • pj

          I definitely agree that pirating is not right, but your analogy does not work. There is a huge difference in a physical object that has a finite supply, versus a digital object that can be reproduced a million times with no adverse effect on it.

      • Holy Grail

        Kellex will delete me for saying this……….but you sir, are a Dick.

  • fauxshizzl

    For novice users, only 5 complicated steps to potentially brick your phone in order to remove something that should have never existed! Sweet! This is way better than a data usage widget../s

    • Jack Coleman

      how complicated is this? its harder to change your facebook profile picture!

      • fauxshizzl

        If I said “SQL editor” to most people, they would look at me like a deer in headlights.

        • Jack Coleman

          then just say, go to the market and search sql editor

  • BAoxymoron

    hey anyone notice line 60? is that for the ics data counter or for craperizon?

    • I am guessing no because they are not currently throttling 4G (Unless that has changed) Even if it is the reset for throttle it looks like that is just the day of the month it resets not the time frame, so changing it does not do much.

      • Trevor

        I think they may be throttling already… i blew through 2.3GB my first day of having my S3 (ranging from 10-24MB down) haven’t been able to break 4mb/s since then…

        • I blew through 10+ gigs the other month and was still getting 30Mbs down, They do I know throttle places based on congestion but not on a per user basis. (That I know of)

  • holy crap, i was waiting for this. now to go root.

  • lp

    Someone tell me what the advantages of rooting are, since im about to go into a tiered data plan with my VZW S3 on thursday….just for flashing ROMs right? I see no other benefits

    • come on

      you just read about a benefit

    • Root and flashing roms are to different things. “Rooting” gives you administrator access to the phone software’s inter-workings allowing you to edit things, and overclock and get rid of bloat. The VZW SIII has the ability to be rooted, thanks InvisibleK for that one, but you cannot flash roms….yet.

      • The /system is changable so yes you can. Technically though all root does is give you access to the root directory of the phone.

      • Droosh

        Why do so may people mistakenly think that you need an unencrypted/unlocked bootloader to install customs ROMs? And why do these people insist on spreading their ignorance on every forum like it is a fact and they know what they are talking about?

        • J Dub

          It’s not about ROM’s. It’s about awesome kernels that have been developed to really push the limits of the phone. I bought the S3 FIRMLY believing that Samsung would be Samsung and have it unlocked. Ripe for the dev picking.

          • Droosh

            I agree 100% and I’m pissed too. But that fact remains that you can still flash custom ROMs. (BTW, you can flash custom Kernels as well).

          • J Dub

            With work arounds. I come from the OG Droid which is truly the only OG phone on VZW and the Galaxy S 1. Both of which were completely open for whatever. I didn’t think Samsung would sink to the level of allowing VZW to lock it down. They have the clout now to say this is how it is.

      • Correcting the Ignorant

        YES you can.

    • For when stupid carriers get in the way. But there are lots of benefits and millions of apps take advantage of it to do thing previously impossible for non-system apps.

    • This post shows you one of the benefits of rooting. Even if you want to stay on the stock ROM, root allows you to change otherwise protected settings inside the Android OS, run apps that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise, and back up your apps before performing a factory reset – which is of course Verizon’s first step of troubleshooting when you have a problem.

      • They even factory reset when they have a problem but you do not.

        • “Thank you for calling Verizon Wireless support, please call back from another phone as I will need to walk you through a factory reset of your handset before we can proceed with troubleshooting…”

    • Many of the best apps require root access. On of my favorites is GVIntegration which integrates Google Voice into the normal messaging app., but there are many more high level apps. Call Recorders and Titanium Backup come to mind.

    • Type ‘root’ in the Play Store. There appears to be 1,000+ potential results/reasons/advantages.

    • Anthony Armando

      as others have posted, you gain admin privs on the phone. to those that dont understand just how that is significant, this allows you to do a lot more with the phone. some examples:
      -use backup apps (like titanium backup) which allow you to backup individual apps, their data, disable/uninstall apps, upload backups,and more
      -install a bluetooth gamepad app, such as sixaxis, to use a ps3 controller for gaming
      -install adblock to block in app advertisments.
      -overclock your CPU for more speed or underclock your CPU while phone is idle for improved battery life with setcpu
      -uninstall/remove apps that your phone has preinstalled (like disable in ICS, but you now have free memory)

      this list really goes on and on. you can take a look at this post at androidpolice.com for some more info, http://www.androidpolice.com/2010/04/15/rooting-explained-top-5-benefits-of-rooting-your-android-phone/.

      • Droosh

        Good summary. I find undervolting more beneficial than overclocking, however, sometimes these Kernel modifications aren’t possible even with root. The DX2 comes to mind.

  • whooleeooh

    does anyone know if i could have gotten this phone with big reds 14day policy ? i wanted to know if i could return my razr maxx since i waited for the last possible day to get it in order to keep my unlimited plan

    • JoshGroff

      I believe a return/exchange doesn’t make any contract changes.

    • Bad News Bears

      Probably not. When the S3 is finally availble in stores for you to return for an exchange it’ll be past the 14 day period.

  • SGS3_Vz

    This is a good first step. Now what we need is to find a way to restore the WiFi toggle the way it is on all the other Galaxy S IIIs on other carriers, or completely remove that bar and replace it with a thrid party power gadget that includes WiFi.

    • Todd Martineau


    • sixohtew

      on xda, they have a fix to add the toggle back. been using it for days without issue, also makes the battery and toggles ics blue. looks great

  • 4n1m4L

    Maybe I should start voting with my wallet…..

    • sc0rch3d

      when/if they decide to remove my unl data, i will

    • Mordecaidrake

      I’m out of my contract, my last day was the 28th, the day they went live with tiered data. I’m seriously considering dropping them when my GNex breaks.

    • feztheforeigner

      I know it’s not quite related, but does anyone know how to get Google Wallet on the S3?

      • 4n1m4L

        I saw somewhere that they were some sort of update it had to be done to enable it to be installed

        • Mike_Cook7

          Not sure I followed the info from XDA and confirmed it works the other day at a store! Finally starting to be happier with the S3 over my Nexus

      • Mike_Cook7

        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1769083 Haven’t used it in a store yet but got it setup and was able to have my funds transferred to the new prepaid card, even got another free $10.

        • feztheforeigner

          Thank you so much!

  • monorailmedic

    Pretty cool. Now if only it was as simple to add a WiFi toggle.

  • Nice find… Screw you vzw