New Windows Phone 8.1 Wi-Fi settings shown on video

Last month we looked at new Wi-Fi settings to be included in Windows Phone 8.1. They were hidden away in the beta SDK, only to be subsequently discovered and published on our site, but now UnleashThePhones have recorded footage of the new settings and Wi-Fi Sense in action. 

The first feature itself is not entirely groundbreaking, but useful for many. Users will be able to turn off Wi-Fi for a pre-set duration, ranging from 1 hour, 4 hours, 1 day or manually. Afterwards, the Wi-Fi will pop on automatically. That feature could be useful if you know you’ll be away from home for a few hours, or if you’re at the movies.

WiFi Win 8.1

Wi-Fi Sense is the second feature shown in the video, which enables users to save cellular data usage by connecting to hotspots. These connections can then be shared with friends. It's a handy new addition to the arsenal of options when it comes to wireless networking on the go.

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TrustySnooze says:

Kind of cool.
Well actually, the sharing connections will be pretty useful.

explosive0 says:

Hmmm. 8.1 could very well win me back to using a Windows Phone as my primary device.

rockstarzzz says:

We want you and about 100 million of your friends this summer. Can you do it?

shreyas989 says:

I convinced my 11 frnds switching to windows phone. Guess what every one loves it.

Aashish13 says:

Even i switched my 3 friends to Lumia. 2 more are interested to get it

Stevied1991 says:

Sweet, only 99,999,989 more people!

Ticomfreak says:

I have moved 13 Windows Phones.

So, make that 99,999,976 :-)

I'm still at 7.. Have to get a move on.. ;)

herbertsnow says:

I have no friends.

borasar says:

combo braker?

chickentikka says:

See I was struggling, so I murdered 4 friends and used their credit cards to buy windows phones so 4 more i guess....

shreyas989 says:

We all their for you.

jsnod25 says:

I converted about 7

taymur says:

i also converted about 15, if this was a religion im going to heaven for sure :P

SwimSwim says:

Yes, you get to go to Microsoft Heaven: forever living in OneDrive, with all the Xbox Live games, Bing Food & Drink recipes, and Skype calls your heart can desire.

BlackGoku says:

MS should provide us rewards for that!

Sick Freak says:

We need more Windows Phone devices.

Mark Byrnes says:

I want a Windows Phone (or Windows 8.1) car radio!

wpn00b says:

Maybe with those extra 100 million we might be large enough to get a proper Youtube app! But probably not.

tbonenga says:

I need a 5.7 to 6 inch screen, 32GB with SD slot on T-MOBILE. I'd need that to stop using my note 3 as my daily driver.

Sick Freak says:

Can't you grab the Nokia 1520?

tbonenga says:

Not available on T-Mobile unfortunately.

ramtwins25 says:

Just buy an unlocked one like I did. Super fast LTE and everything works...except Tmo WiFi calling but, there's an app for that.

tbonenga says:

Hmm I didn't know there was a pentaband 1520. I had a Rogers 920 and currently ATIV S. Last I checked Rogers only sold the 1020 pentaband. I'll go online and check. What app do you use for WiFi calling?

theroyboy44 says:

SD slot yea not gonna happen.....they like design a little more than absolute functionality

Dare2Blink says:

The 1520 has an SD slot...

tbonenga says:

If they have a sim slot a SD slot could be done without compromising style.

xankazo says:

I've switched 4 of my friends over to Windows Phone. This is no easy task since we live in The Dominican Republic, which has become DroidLand and every non-Droid user receives a lot of peer pressure.

Aashish13 says:

Peer pressure is a curse.

carlosrdd says:

I was in DR 2 months ago. All I saw was iPhones...

ChiquiTolky says:

I've convinced two of my friends as well I'm Dominican too bro we just gotta keep it up.

PapiHenry says:

Glad to see a fellow Dominican using WP. And you're right, in DR it's LagDroid city. Whenever I visit it's like I'm a rare animal using my Lumia. Hopefully that'll change....

Mohd Saif says:

I've switched 2 of my friends over windowsphone and they love it

AgentSplurge says:

Both my parents, and my wife just got an 8s on Tesco for free with a £10 a month contract - which which they were already on! Lots of others seem interested in WP too so i think a few more people i know will switch when they are due an upgrade. A few of my friends have higher end WP devices (920 and 925's like me) but more of the people interested in lower end devices are attracted. When more people like my parents and wife have the low end devices i think the high end ones will start to play catchup, especially after the OS matures with WP8.1.

Pulak Vatsya says:

Hey no.it was for april 2 to come fast,faster,FASTEST :|

I'd like GPS activated WiFi - have it auto-on when I'm home or at work and leave it off otherwise. Saves battery and the option to use it while out and about is still there if I want it.

rockstarzzz says:

How does it save battery when you need to keep your location aka GPS always on?

MikeSo says:

Because most of us keep location on anyway?

Bloobed says:

Because it might connect to GPS every 10 minutes or so, while WLAN that is not connected is constantly roaming.

WP doesn't just rely on GPS. Location Services uses GPS + Cell Towers + WiFi to establish a location for your device, even when not connected to WiFi. 

This is how it can figure out where in a large building you are where GPS itself would not be accurate enough. This makes it easier to navigate a large mall, etc.  This is also how it can display what room of a house your phone is in.


(Tech Microsoft created over 10 years ago that triangulates your device from cellular and WiFi sources.)

Bloobed says:

I really don't know how WP does the location thing, but you can get a pretty accurate location (and velocity) with just cell towers. I really doubt that a turned-off WiFi would be roaming in the background just for location when it's totally unnecessary.

TechFreak1 says:

Why not just turn it off when you leave home / work? It only takes a few seconds.

MikeSo says:

Because automation is the key to winning smartphone market share.

ramtwins25 says:

True, so couldn't you accomplish this with NFC tags, one in the car, one at home, and another at work? This would manage both WiFi and location services when you need them. Just a thought.

Novron says:

NFC needs to go away and let us macro settings to a recordable voice command.

ymcpa says:

Because you might forget to turn it back on and start eating into your data cap when your wifi connection is available.

a5cent says:

It makes no sense to ever turn WiFi off. You save next to nothing on battery power and you're micromanaging stuff that just doesn't need to be micromanaged.

FlorisRe says:

they even got geofencing... I would be so disappointed if they didn't manage to make this happen!

I want a much more basic feature.. U open a pic in camera roll for example.. U select the share option.. Oh there's no Bluetooth option.. Oops.. Press home button.. Lauch BT with setting shortcut.. Toggle on. Long press back button and select photos and.... Share via BT..( Or swipe down from top and toggle BT on in wp 8.1). Hmmm..
instead i d like the "share via BT" always available. When u select that.. It checks if BT is on.. If not it asks u if it can turn BT on.. Much easier and doesn't distract u from your main job.
i would also like settings toggle on and off via voice commands via cortana

cuwe says:

Agree ! When you want to BT with someone , and they were bottom of the BT list . I can't scroll down !

OluSegs says:

Had this very annoying problem too myself, till I stumbled upon the solution - try scrolling the list from the right edge of the screen (where the scroll bar appears)...works everytime :)
I think it is a bug in the OS or something.

cuwe says:

Thanks ! It works ! Now I doesn't have to delete my paired devices . And it definitely the OS's bug .

Tiodeen says:

You are my hero! Why didn't i think of that.

vinay27 says:

Ya dude, agreedo ! Been there

It would be nice if it would prompt you. 


However, you could also just leave BT on.  If it isn't on the screen, it isn't 'finding' devices, or consuming much battery if it isn't paired to anything.

Deamion says:

Windows 8.1 introduces support for geofencing. Maybe someone will make an app that will include GPS activated WiFi?

mab664 says:

I hope so. Geofencing for Bluetooth too!

Dean McCrae says:

Will require that MS allow apps to enable and disable settings, rather than merely launch the setting for the user to change. They have been really hard line with this attitude and it kills automation.

PPCFreak says:

This was possible with windows mobile so hope they give it to us in windows phone soon.

Sorry for busting your bubble, but I've seen so few Symbian ex-pats here, and after trying there Situations, NFC tags fall short. Situations could adjust the connection speed and WiFi according to where I was, without any user intervention.

danielgray says:

Hopefully Nokia will create a situations app, i miss that app the most.

TheMacamush says:

I miss symbian :(

Jakeway says:

In my experience always on WiFi makes little difference to battery life. I use to leave it off, then when the ways on option was added I left it on. I've always gone to bed with 30%.

rockstarzzz says:

Meh. No leak is going to be bigger than the voice of Cortana (if it even exists!)

Aashish13 says:

It should not i wanna see Belfiore presenting and explaining about that in build. Still more cortana features are yet to come.

iinnnnit says:

I don't think you would use contana for long before you get boredom

Aashish13 says:

Yeah because asking her what's. The weather will be strange as we have live tiles. But cortana may be amazing in other sense for wp

iinnnnit says:

Maybe amazing for you,but as I know many IOS and android user not use voice association often,I maybe among them.

rockstarzzz says:

It all depends what you do with your smartphone. Cortana isn't just a voice assistant. Cortana is a virtual assistant that doesn't just blabber rubbish. She actually does some work - if leaks are anything to go by, Cortana can evolve into Her (2013).

Aashish13 says:

Later can we get the Halo experience from cortana!!!!!

wpgeek820 says:

I dig that music.

Agent-P says:

Same here. I look forward to that everytime I play one of these videos.

vinay27 says:

Music is worse than 5233 on lumias

Aashish13 says:

Everything leaked now release it soon. Meanwhile talking about galaxy s5 it sucks. My 3310 plastic was better than the s5 seriously.

rockstarzzz says:

Subjective opinion? Ask a Samsung fan.

Aashish13 says:

Samsung fans are really disappointed with that. They still like their s4 more. Lets switch back to Lumia and our world. Sorry.

Well, I like the S5 more than the S4, though I - a vocal anti-Samsung presence - am capable to admit that it is indeed worthy of the flagship moniker for now.

(But, that plastic is ruining its look. While it's not worse than a 3310, its much worse than a, say, 808 PureView.)

Aashish13 says:

Not the plastic everything is ruined as it has android in it.

Its a feature packed phone but looks yuck according to me! But some seriously good features. As far as looks are concerned I prefer s4 amongst the two..

Aashish13 says:

I prefer icon come to India soon please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OHardy says:

Very practical function

klokslag says:

Sound fun but I would like that my Wifi Passwords are shared between my windows 8.1 laptop and my phone now I have to type them in seperatly

Flavio76 says:

Wasn't like that before?

TechFreak1 says:

They should auto connect every time automatically (providing wi fi is on) after you connect to a network for the first time it saves the info automatically. You people are so darn lazy lol.

taymur says:

I've noticed that all my password from my computer were automatically synced to my surface as soon as I logged in, which was amazing, and I hope they do this here, someway or another.

kinpin2131 says:

Settings still not fixed... likewise mail app 

toph36 says:

Like the option, but like the calendar snooze, wish there were more values like 8 and 12 hours.

TechFreak1 says:

Or custom intervals.

toph36 says:

Even better.

MikeSo says:

Yeah I don't understand why there isn't a "Add custom interval..." option in the dropdown.

89caps says:

At some point you just need to move the event

mkmarine says:

100% agree. I have to turn my WiFi off for work due to web filtering.

iinnnnit says:

I want the tiles on Lumia 925 start screen a little bigger,

iinnnnit says:

Want the 2 columns tiles of the start screen a little bigger to make the spare space on left and right side of the screen less,and 3 columns for option,the wp8 launcher on Android looks much better and have more options,it's ashamed for Microsoft

That 'spacing' around the titles is very much 'designed'.  Just as the extra 'spacing' around the tiles on Windows 8.1.


When grabbing your phone (or tablets), if the tiles filled the screen you would be accidentally hitting them more than you realize.

iinnnnit says:

I mean left and right side of the start screen extra spacing,just want the gap distance between screen edge to tiles are the same as tile to tiles just like 929 or 1320 does,

Twice Born says:

Will WiFi turn on/off faster? That is a gripe I have right now. Last two phones, it takes WiFi 3-15 seconds to turn off/on. Same with airplane mode, and even internet sharing (when it doesn't freeze)

MikeSo says:

In which situations is that a problem? 15 seconds doesn't sound like a big deal to me.

Elvis7 says:

Hotspots= packet sniffing.. Neverrrrrrrr!!!!!!

MikeSo says:

Do you also never leave your home for fear a burglar might break in when you're gone?

Elvis7 says:

That's why I have an alarm system and safes! :D

Keeping wifi on saves battery?

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Soypan says:

It does if compared to cellular data (4g, 3g). So, having only cellular data activated uses more battery than having both cellular data and wi-fi enabled (if connected to a wi-fi network). Of course, having both turned off uses the least, but then you don't have internet

MikeSo says:

Lol at that last sentence.

taymur says:

Last sentence wins, thanx for explaining.

danielgray says:

Not if your not connected to WiFi. I have no WiFi at work, WiFi always on takes at least 20% for a working day.

Sahil Kutty says:

I like the new transition while opening or closing anything.. Its faster and looks more fluid

jomarr says:

More options, the better. Keep it coming

I just hope they release a Preview for developers:( And yeah S5 and iPhone 5 do suck, I still prefer my 4s > 5s and my L1020 > everything else :3

Aashish13 says:

They are releasing obviously that's y ppl are excited here at wpcentral for 2nd April. Official update will come in June with more features from Nokia.

Nokia is not gonna add new features to WP 8.1..

Aashish13 says:

Nokia will release with their firmware update which will take time. Use dev preview

Rem97 says:

You like your 4s more than a 5s? Sounds like synthetic happiness to me.


Bryan Suazo says:

Lets no forget the little things:
- photo albums edit
- a way better music player
- a way better video player
- more customization; maybe an alternative tiles section by swiping to the right in start menu.

-more customization; background tiles AND background wallpaper (this could bring some sort of skins)

-more live tile sizes maybe
-multi windows... A real need on 1520 and devices alike

Eh.. I don't know. Those things are kinda a no brainer for me

alvinsfb says:

A stopwatch and timer in native Clock app please!

Multi windows would be epic

iinnnnit says:

I want the start screen could be so powerful customized like WP8 launcher on Android!it's ashamed of Microsoft!

Chris_Kez says:

WiFi Sense sounds like another great feature that AT&T will block.

crise says:

Stil no WiFi priority setting, ughhh :(

And it keeps forgetting hotspot username and passwords. I hope this will be fixed.

Never seen it forget a password.

WP also uses speed prioritization. (Which can also be extended to add your cellular connection to the mix.)


So if you have several networks, it should always be locked on to the fastest.  This is rather handy in mixed 2.4/5ghz setups when you get a bit out of range for 5ghz to bend around the corner, the phone will jump back to the faster 2.4ghz connection until the 5ghz connection is truly faster again.  Under Cellular, you can tell the phone to go to your cellular network if the WiFi connection goes to crap even if it is still connected.  Again handy when your local WiFi is taking a beating or goes down and you have plenty of celluar bandwidth on your plan.


I cannot believe that I will be using all these features next month. I remember that we started taking about windows phone blue last year. I wish wish they bring some new hardware because it will be hard to replace the 920 running windows phone 8.1 with a new action center, cortona and all the new goodies.

Xanderone says:

When are they gonna include FM transmitter in the hardware similar to that on Symbian, and maybe TV out and HDMI out too?

Daakkon says:

I agree! The only thing I could hope for would be a new 920 with better battery, 1080p screen, and some more ram. Perfect phone ftw!

Toink says:

What I'm most interested to see in WP8.1 is a more enhanced call/text blocking feature where I could manually add phone numbers in the blacklist - or even add a whitelist feature... Or at least someone port that awesome FirewallPlus Pro app from Nokia N9.

And please, throw in the native SIP client, already!

KnowmyName says:

Totally agree here. I don't understand why WP sometimes needs 10 secs to turn off or turn on a setting...or even 5 really. That has nothing to do with low hardware, so what is it?

Aashish13 says:

That problem will be fixed later.

GustavN says:

Are there any other reasons to turn off wi-fi other than to save battery?

Aashish13 says:

Bluetooth isn't getting paired
for sharing with other devices on from Lumia 720. Many times it doesn't scroll down to see the discoverable devices. Hope it gets fixed.

OluSegs says:

Try scrolling down from the right edge of the screen (where the scroll bar normally appears).

darklord12 says:

These leaks have become so boring
can't wait for the update :(

MrVol84 says:

Don't really see myself using this, but cool.

pazces84 says:

Great feature added. I can't wait to have it available on my 1520.

freshfelicio says:

Can I activate it based on GPS location? And can the shared WiFi passwords sync with Windows tablets too?

kalo88 says:

I think i'll be coming back to Windows Phone once 8.1 releases and i'll be bringing my mum and dad with me (Dads on android, mums on an old nokia as she finds mine and dads phones confusing - nexus 4 & 5)

vinay27 says:

I want slider for brightness...

RaRa85 says:

And in the next leak....Windows Phone 8.1 to our phones before the BUILD conference.lol

nuclax says:

Not gonna happen bro

Aashish13 says:

But they should release the official version quickly then in may

vinay27 says:

What is problem with WP not getting switch on during charging instantly after all battary drained

theroyboy44 says:

These leaks are probably the best thing to happen to windows phone. I lets people on the edge know things they want are coming instead of missing people because they bought a different phone because they doubted the features they wanted would arrive. Now I just wish this would come alreadyyy!!!! 4 weeks is already too long

michail71 says:

Is 8 hours an option?  I like to keep WiFi off at work because of the blocking of Facebook and tracking. 

* Edit *

Never mind, I missed the screen shot.  Looks like 4 hours is the max but perhaps Manually might be clock based?

The quick toggles from the action center will be of help too.

danielgray says:

I would just like a week view, then i could block out my work time. Seems simple to me, a lack of thought on MS's behalf!

KnowmyName says:

How can you even use a nexus 5? I used one for 3 weeks to see what the buzz was all about, but its a really boring looking interface and phone. Switched back to my Lumia 925...

Aashish13 says:

Its just a phone with good hardware but nothing can beat an indestructible Nokia

muvig says:

Why didn't they give the user the option of choosing the exact time e.g. on at 8:00 off at 16:30

vakama94 says:

Why is the first feature not groundbreaking?. Unless I'm doing something wrong I haven't seen that feature on my Android or iPhone, so that's a big advantage.

meathead88 says:

I need the opposite feature as have unlimited data. WiFi on for next hour or so then disable WiFi radio...

Zeroplanetz says:

So my phone is out of warranty but if something happens while updating to the dev preview will my phone insurance still be acceptable if I can't get an new device?

Aashish13 says:

If you go at the nokia store the mechanics don't know about developer preview. Even if your phone is damaged they may not even know the cause as its a software update. But nothing will harm your phone. This isn't android. And mostly if you have your invoice with you will definitely get good service from them.

kylew883 says:

Will WiFi texting be enabled in 8.1?

Yeah I got one of my friends on windows phone!

luisfarelo says:

Hope these leaks keep some future customers that would otherwise be switching to Android and iPhone, the more leaks the better.

digorykirke says:

What I just want so much, is this huge update (Blue) in my cellphone, I can't wait!!!

Jnero20 says:

Any idea if the WiFi will support EAP-TTLS authentication as well? A lot of businesses and universities use this kind of network but no one at my school can connect with a windows phone :(

lpforthewin says:

I think Microsoft announced this the other week - eap-ttls support is coming in blue with the 'enterprise pack' (everyone gets it)

Achal Shukla says:

Will it provide to make static changes to IP, submask, gateway and DNS address??? Like we can do that in PC?? Because i want to config my lumia's wifi to homes broadband setting. Please let me know if is there any way to do so..

"Turn Wi-Fi back off" would be much more useful..

Manual ip settings?

MrGoodSmith says:

I don't understand Microsoft. Is this feature more important than logging call durations in the history?

Suedezu says:

I convinced 2 friends of mine to switch to Lumia

shadoweye14 says:

Three words. WiFi with Geofence.

It's the little things like this that make the phone actually more useful. Now, can we get some custom SMS ringtones?

Dome85 says:

Custom SMS ringtone?!? GDR3 can already do that...

Man, I just realized that. Disregard my ignorance in the previous comment. It's all good :)

Dome85 says:

Hope for a switch on/off location based!!!! This would be more useful than an hour resume!
Hope for this implementation in 8.1 because an app couldn't do that...

Ali Azadeh says:

is wp 8.1 support air print ?! we need it !!!

paulxxwall says:

Hope it fixes 1520 issues

Nice , huge changes in upcoming update ;)

warex3d says:

I need an option to change de IP manually

booog89 says:

Yaaay! goood news! Microsoft is gonna spill all the beans in April (Windows Phone 8.1). Also they are also working on or hop-ping to Windows Phone 8.5! Quite a gap...I think 8.5 is gonna launch next mid year maybe. What u guys think?

Bipin kumar says:

What about wifi direct feature......still no news about it and nobody is talking about tha