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Smart WiFi Toggler Helps Absent Minded Conserve Both Battery and Mobile Data

For myself, who spends his days at home connected to the beauty that is WiFi all day long, I wouldn’t necessarily say I need a reminder that when my phone isn’t connected to my network, my battery is draining quicker and my precious data is trickling out all over the place. In comes Smart WiFi Toggler, which will help those that have a harder time remembering such things. The app, which uses your network location (as to not use GPS and save battery), recognizes when you’re in or around a WiFi hotspot and automatically connects you. 

Here are some of cool features Smart WiFi Toggler has to offer:

  • Automatically learns your WiFi hotspot locations.
  • Turns WiFi off when disconnected from WiFi network.
  • Automatically turns WiFi on when near a known hotspot.
  • Uses your network location. No GPS battery drain.
  • Provides the ability to control “auto-connect” behavior for each hotspot.
  • Ability to lock WiFi to a disabled state.
  • Warning notification and auto-locking WiFi when a hotspot is down.
  • History and logging, in addition to a view of what is going on under the hood.

The app’s main goal is to conserve your precious battery and save you from using up all of your mobile data. So far, there are plenty of people on Google Play and in the forums that have very high praise for the app, so give it a try and let us know what you think.

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  • Michael Lewis

    I’m currently learning tasker and it’s awesome. I might have to set it up so I can do this. Now how do I get rid of the status bar notification telling me how many scripts it is running?

  • tjubb

    Battery conservation? Pfft! I now have a Note2 and I can’t kill the battery on this damn thing even with brightness up and everything under the sun syncing in the background. 16 hours of heavy use and I just can’t kill this battery! Best smart phone ever! No app needed!

  • kevlar

    what, no thanks to me for sending in the link? Tisk tisk DL 😉

  • I’ve tried this app for over a month, did not notice a difference.

  • CapnShiner

    How many damn Wi-Fi-toggling battery-saving apps do we need? There is way too much redundancy in this category. I see nothing in the feature list for Smart WiFi Toggler that is not included in Juice Defender. I think even the free version of Juice Defender has all this. Unless Smart WiFi Toggler works better than all the other automatic WiFi toggling apps, I don’t see the point.

  • Hatyrei

    Guy’s I ordered a Nexus 4 last Nov. 27…..it says 2-3 weeks. Does it ship really 2-3 weeks>? or do u guys have an estimated date that they will ship it? 🙂

    • capecodcarl

      Does this look like the Play Store? I ordered a Nexus 4 on November 27th too and it said 1-2 weeks. Still haven’t gotten any shipment confirmation. I’d sit tight and be patient if I was you.

  • skeezicks

    Maybe it’s antediluvian of me, but I prefer using NFC tags for this kind of thing. I’ve got one at home, one in my car, and one on my desk at work. Between the three of them I’m turning WiFi on and off, GPS and and off, same with ringer, as well as starting my Sonos controller at home, Maps in the car, etc. etc. Yeah, I wouldn’t be surprise if Tasker or some such app could do that more automatically, but I actually like the sensory confirmation of tapping the NFC tag, hearing a tone and feeling a buzz and knowing I’m set.

    • chadstone30

      What NFC programming system do you use? Techtiles?

  • gpzbc

    Does it turn off mobile data when it turns on wifi?

    • Simon Belmont

      Probably not. But do you not want to be able to receive MMS messages?

      Mobile data is pretty much dormant with Wi-Fi on unless an MMS is received or some other service requires authentication through your mobile connection. Not a big deal.

      • gpzbc

        Really?! I didn’t know that. I always turn off mobile data when I am on wifi. I thought it saved battery. Hmm…

        • Simon Belmont

          It might save a very tiny bit. I think it’s pretty negligible though as Wi-Fi takes over the “data” connection in your status bar. You’d only see 3G or whatever mobile connection pop up if you received an MMS or what I mentioned in my previous post. Basically, it would “wake up” only if it needed to.

          Wi-Fi is pretty efficient, and since things are downloaded/uploaded faster than mobile data in many circumstances, you see savings just from using the connection less because it finishes faster. My two cents.

          • gpzbc

            I appreciate it.

  • Silver Veloz

    I may have to try this. I, too, use my WiFi when at home. Now we have WiFi at work. And I’m noticing a lot of WiFi around town. I have Time-Warner Cable at home and I’m able to (with my Time-Warner login) connect to their hotspots around town. It know 4G LTE is just about everywhere now, but one day I may have to give up Unlimited Data, so I’m doing some testing to see how much data I am using each month, now that I’m connecting to WiFi much more. Thanks Tim.

  • Llama works for me!

  • cirrob

    So basically its juice defender with less options.

    • Simon Belmont

      Or it’s an app dedicated to a small subset of what Juice Defender can do. Not everyone wants/needs all of those options, or the overhead associated with them.

      I am happy to just have something that automatically toggles my Wi-Fi connection. It works for me.

  • Adol

    I hate connecting to my home wifi because my LTE is faster.

    • CapnShiner

      Who is your ISP and are you in a rural area? If you are not getting at least 75% of the advertised maximum bandwidth for your service plan, you need to call your ISP’s tech support to find out why and get it fixed.

      • capecodcarl

        Maybe he’s only paying for 6 Mbps DSL and LTE is 10+ Mbps. That’s not to say his home Internet is degraded, it is just all he is paying for.

        • CapnShiner

          I know that. What I’m saying is that, for example, if he’s paying for a 12 Mbps connection and getting a 6 Mbps connection, there is something wrong.

  • Carl Lesto

    I’ve been using Y5. It’s been pretty good but it started to remember too many cells in my home area and I could be miles away from my house and it would constantly keep my wireless on even after I attempt to disable it. With the added checking features of this, it seems like it should help out with this problem.

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. That’s what I’ve been using for a couple years too.

      I’ve noticed the same issue though. Even if I’m relatively far away from my house, but still “local”, it won’t turn off the Wi-Fi. I know it’s basing it on cell tower IDs, so I guess that’s the drawback. The cell tower near my house covers a broad area. If I got further away, it works like a charm though.

  • D.B. Evans

    The auto-learn feature would have been nice; but now that I have Llama trained, I let it turn on/off my wifi (as well as auto adjusting volume at night and some other minor tweaks). Still, with the simplicity of the auto-training feature, I may suggest this to friends who don’t need the other Llama options.

  • Nayners

    Tasker. Just buy it people. It does this, and countless other automated functions.

    • Diablo81588

      Tasker is too confusing for most people.

      • Nayners

        Too confusing is not a valid argument. There are pages, wikis, how-to’s all over the internet. With just a little effort, you’ll get surprising results.

        • Too confusing is a valid argument.

          Tons of people would rather not have to look up wikis and how-to’s on the internet just to use a single app.

          Sorry but it’s true.

        • Diablo81588

          Do you really think the vast majority of smartphone users are going to crawl the web to figure out how to use an app? For the technology illiterate, tasker is far too complex and powerful for such a simple task.

          • Nayners

            I don’t think googling, “tasker profiles” is crawling through the internet. You pick a profile, download it to your phone, apply it in app. Done.
            I do agree that the average smartphone user, it’s a little too much. However, I think that for the subscriber base of this site, we should expect a little more.

        • There is a reason why Apple is so popular among non computer savvy people. People don’t have to perform maintenance on their phone. The general public doesn’t want to deal with tweaking.

        • it really is a vailid argument… When I only have enough time to put MAYBE 10 minutes into an app, it REALLY is a valid argument

        • i dont claim to be a genius but others do… tasker is a freaking confusing mess of a program. i spent an hour and still couldnt get the exact function i wanted..

      • Nathan Novick
        • Jeremy

          That was a google mockup, not a real thing. It would be nice though

      • cizzlen

        There’s an app called “AutomateIt” which is a much easier, and free-er solution.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Free > Paid.
      Especially over $5, I could see doing a few bucks as most (It’s how I view mobile apps)

      • Nayners

        I’d take one quality paid app, rather than multiple free apps (with ads) that serve the same purpose. It saves space, and battery too. That’s just my logic..

    • CapnShiner

      I bought and love Tasker. However, Tasker is overkill if all you want to control is toggling wifi. For that, Juice Defender will do the trick. Considering the popularity of juice Defender, I don’t know why such redundancy in the Play Store is necessary. Smart WiFi Toggler is pointless unless it can also toggle LTE for free.

  • Nice. I used to use Y5 which did the same thing until they stopped updating it after ICS came out.

    • Simon Belmont

      It still works with ICS. The UI is just more FroYo-esque.

      I still personally use it on my smartphone. I may give the app from this article a whirl though.

      • Carl Lesto

        I was having the exact same problem. I looked yesterday and Y5 had remembered 23 cells for my home Wifi point. How in the world it picked up 23 cells I have NO clue but because of that my wifi stayed on practically everywhere I went in a 10 mile radius of my house.

  • Battery life, schmattery life… 🙂

    Cool app though.

  • Brent Cooper

    Isnt one of the points to LTE to have faster speeds than wifi? And the point of the Maxx sized batteries to make it through the day. However, I can see this as being an awesome for those out there who no longer have unlimited data or the maxx battery life.

    • cantcurecancer

      You seem to be under the impression that unlimited data and large batteries is the norm and not the exception…

      • Diablo81588

        I think unlimited data is still the norm for most people, but I agree with you on large batteries. Motorola seems to be the only manufacturer that understands the need for large batteries. Samsung included a decent sized battery in the Note 2, but that’s a very large device. I don’t understand these companies obsessions with making phones wafer thin. What’s the point?

      • Brent Cooper

        I know im crazy for thinking this, but I really am under the impression that those batteries are the norm. To me, all other smaller batteries(on LTE phones) are abnormal. I know how long smaller batteries can last after coming from the GNex. So yes I am aware many, many people have that phone and phones with similar battery lifes. A phone needs to last all day, like my old non-smartphone. And for unlimited data, as I said in my post, I am aware that many people do not have unlimited data; and this would be good for those individuals.

    • gpzbc

      There is no way LTE is even close to being as fast as wifi.

      • Completely depends on what you have for home / work internet.

        • gpzbc


      • Brent Cooper

        I have never gotten faster wifi speeds than LTE speeds. My usual LTE is usually 2X as fast as wifi(at home wifi and college wifi). Guess I have never experienced a fast wifi connection. And I am living on a college campus so whenever I walk around I always have to disconnect and reconnect to the network. And it has horrible hand off if I am walking around; I have to stay in one place for it to connect. Even though it is campus wide wifi.

        • gpzbc

          Well, I guess I just assumed I was the norm. Obviously I was wrong.

          • Brent Cooper

            Well I’ll be. I did a couple speed tests and wifi was faster or tied LTE depending on my location on campus. But its always been the other way around at home. Guess I just have had really show WiFi at home. Sounds like I’m the abnormal one here

          • DanSan

            my wifi connection at home is usually double what you’re showing in this screenshot. i always sit on wifi at home.

    • Mike

      You’ve never lived on the fringe of LTE coverage. If I didn’t use wifi at home, my GNex wouldn’t last 3 hours.

    • You also have to remember this is very dependent on what kind of ISP people are using at home. Some people will pay for the 50+Mbps on top tier cable or fiber networks. Let alone those lucky chaps who got Google Fiber and can be seeing 1Gbps. For me, the very best I see out of my LTE is ~24Mbps, and I’m in Orange County, CA. My home wifi is 30Mbps, and uses less battery.

      • gpzbc

        I wish my LTE was that fast.

      • CapnShiner

        I would consider moving to Kansas City just to get Google Fiber. My torrents would fly.

      • Brent Cooper

        Thank you. My home wifi maxes out at about 15mbps. My LTE has been speed tested at up to 40mbps.

      • Art Holguin

        where in OC are you i’m in the north side bordering LA county and have been getting consistant 30+ even into mid 40’s. I’m in the knotts berry farm area

    • CapnShiner

      I don’t know where you got the idea that LTE is faster than wifi. It’s not even close, even at the theoretical maximum. Even 802.11g is 54Mbps. I may be mistaken on the numbers for LTE, but I think it’s around 24Mbps. 802.11n is 600Mbps and 802.11ac is up to 1Gbps. LTE is meant to be faster than EVDO and HSPA+ and it is. The point of LTE was never to be faster than wifi.

      As for the larger batteries, you are correct. That’s a no-brainer.

      • Brent Cooper

        Well apparently im the only one here who has been living accustomed to horrible wifi speeds. I usually do get faster speeds on LTE than wifi on my home network. I guess I have horrible speeds from my ISP.

        • CapnShiner

          You’re not the only person with slow home internet service. Many people either live too far away to get more bandwidth or choose not to spend the money for a faster service. If your home internet service is supposed to be faster than your LTE and it isn’t, you need to call your ISP. Otherwise, it’s a matter of personal choice and available options.

          WiFi speeds are only between the client and the access point. There is a difference between WiFi speed and internet speed over WiFi. People need to learn to use the correct terminology to avoid confusion and miscommunication. Someone could have 1.5 Mbps service from their ISP and still get 500 Mbps between 2 computers on their home 802.11n wireless network.

      • Geoff Johnson

        Even though 802.11n supports up to 600Mbps data speeds, it’s your ISP that limits your actual internet bandwidth.

        • Simon Belmont

          Not to mention 600Mbps is just at theoretical maximum in the best case scenario of conditions. There is no way anyone is actually hitting that.

          Interference from other devices, routers, walls in your house, all contribute to a lower real world maximum throughput. I think if you were doing a file transfer, you MIGHT hit 150Mbps.

      • Simon Belmont

        Heck. Wi-Max is faster than my home ISP’s speed sometimes (which is 12Mbps – I normally hit around 9-10Mbps).

        Near my house, I get anywhere from 10Mbps to 20Mbps using Sprint’s Wi-Max. I kid you not.