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Windows Phone 8.1’s new Wi-Fi settings reveal auto turn-on feature

Windows Phone 8.1. While features like Action Center get a lot of the attention, we’ve repeatedly mentioned that there will be lots of small changes throughout the OS. Those changes are the real nitty-gritty that will make your everyday experience much more fulfilling.

Today, we have some new Wi-Fi Settings that are part of the beta SDK, but are actually hidden. Developer David S. sent us in these screenshots after unlocking the feature in that SDK. Windows Phone Central has since independently verified their authenticity as a forthcoming feature in 8.1.

The feature is not 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.

Can you think of other instances where you could use this? Let us know in comments! For more, check our our full feature list:

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PeadarWagon says:

Nice! I was hoping for this!

backlashsid says:

And action CENTRE !!!

dhruv07 says:

Ohhh mamaa mamaaa mamaaaa
Microsoft is serious dis,time;P

rockstarzzz says:

Leak Cortana, I dare ya!

dzdj says:

There is a joke about squirting in there. I just haven't gotten it yet. Come back to me.

aienjell says:

Been waiting to see cortana leak before windows phone 7, what would she leak though?.........

RockmanNeo says:

I'm hoping there is an option to turn off wifi and data when the screen is locked.

My brother has an Xperia Z1S and uses that feature. Yea, he doesn't care about real time updates.

But his phone's battery life is night and day compared to my Lumia 925.

70-80% by the end of day is ridiculous.

ThePKReddy says:

That feature is already present in WP8. Infact, i think by default, wifi will be disabled when screen goes into standby. You need to untick to have it not disable wifi during standby.

RockmanNeo says:

Yea I got that. I need wifi AND data.

Romario997 says:

I don't get it why it would be for. Switching off cellular data and WiFi gives almost no battery save in Lumia 920. I've also switched on option with permanent WiFi activity (even during screen lock). The battery drainage looks similar to the previous options state. Uselles IMHO.

RockmanNeo says:

What is it then? Are you saying the WP OS drains more battery? Or is it Nokia?
 

pickypg says:

We should find out about that with the Battery Sense coming with WP8.1.

Curtieson says:

I think you are just mistaken...  If you look at the top drains on a phone's battery...#1 is obviously going to be the screen.  The longer it is on, the faster it dies, BY FAR.  #2 is going to be the radios, be it cellular, WiFi, or locations...there is a reason they give you 'stand by' ratings and 'talk time' ratings and they differ by days.

Put your phone into Airplane mode (which is the same as turning off all the radios in it) and see how long it lasts.

OldMillXxX says:

Would be real nice if there was a custom length.  I do not have Wi-Fi at work, so a setting of 9-10 hours and I know it would be on the second I get back home from a 8 hour day.

Still nice, though.

Coan says:

I'm in the same boat, but i could live with 8 hours, the hour or so of being on afterwards isn't gonna make or break my battery if i'm not using my phone. 

nlm says:

^This. Whenever there are pre-set times "custom" should ALWAYS be included as an option.

nwildcat says:

Very strange that 8 or 10 hour options aren't included.  Seems so obvious that they should be there, It's what most people consider as their work day.

amazian1 says:

I think the manually option will allow you to input a specific value.  Obviously I don't know for sure, but it makes the most sense.  Let's hope!

Blade800 says:

These 8.1 features sounds too good to be true. So many

chances are anything could go wrong with this feature similar to how my dvp's wifi seems like since the 2-3 last updates it has had problems coming on on after the phone turns on so i ended up just leaving it turned on

xandros9 says:

better yet, if they could do it based on location

That's what the geofencing API is for. 3rd party apps should use it for that.

Fiann says:

Did you see the setting for WiFi Sense in the first picture? It says it requires location services. I think your wish may be covered.

Nope. What that does is show you wifi hotspots close to your location.

dcutting says:

Phone already does that without WiFi sense. I think what's going on here is you set a time where you don't want WiFi on and that turns off WiFi and disables any sort of geofencing. Once the time has been reached, the geofencing turns back on and if you are near your designated WiFi locations, it automatically connects you. That of course is pure speculation on my part.

mab664 says:

Totally agree. Same with Bluetooth. Turn off when I leave House. Turn on when I'm back

Turn off wifi when i connect to my cars BT system and optionally turn on location. Turn phone BT off when the cars BT turns off..
we ll surely become like the fat people in Wall E

larspassic says:

+1 I thought that's what the article was announcing. I would love to have it only turn WiFi on when I am at home, work, church, etc.

spyderzWPC says:

it does say in the middle pic location service must be turned on..so...could be

 

safesax2002 says:

That would be awesome!

Dare2Blink says:

I think it can be based on location, otherwise what else would this "wifi-sense" that is in the screenshot? Very sweet

sounds like their splitting that feature from datasense

pickypg says:

That's what WiFi Sense is for. I personally submitted exactly that idea (and how to actually implement it to minimize battery use) a few months back. It looks like either I was thinking just like someone else, or they took me up on my idea.

+520, this is the future. Turned off when you leave your house, turned on when you get to your girlfriends house (in which you'll probabbly use wi-fi), and turned off again when you both leave to the movies? a good idea huh?

PeterFnet says:

Perhaps at work? I'd prefer geofencing so it will turn on at home automatically.

N9Andy says:

Same for me, at work, because I don't have wifi near me, but with it switched on it probably spends all day 'hunting' for it and using up battery power. It's too much of a fiddle to manually turn it off every morning, so this would be quite handy, even if it kills it for 4 hours. Looking forward to all the goodies 8.1 brings! :^)

borasar says:

you're going to have a pulldown for quick settings now, how much easier can it get?!

 

vFlagR says:

This would be perfect

MHawbs says:

Agreed! If they won't do geofencing, then give us an 8 hour option, that that's a typical full day of work.

cough, Cortana, cough

Coolaaron88 says:

Dan, you gotta little cough developing :p

blackhawk556 says:

Oh you bad boy!! You're making get ideas, naughty ones about Cortana.

blackhawk556 says:

"Cortana, turn WiFi on at 3pm"

That would be awesome!

ThePKReddy says:

I would prefer "Turn WiFi on when I'm at home". My location isn't typically fixed to a particular schedule.

"Turn Wifi on when I'm at Daniel Rubino's pad", "Turn Wifi off when my flight departs", "Turn data on when my flight arrives" "Turn the phone off when I'm at the girlfriends", "Mute calls during meetings"

So many more possibilities with location, rather that JUST the time.. :) Time is a good one too, but should be based on location & activity.

Mayur says:

Dan, you seriously need to take something for that nasty cough you have got recently ;-)

smoledman says:

Man WP8.1 is gonna have 500 new features, and they're all gonna be huge.

It would be better if you could choose the times to turn on/off the wifi, eg: turn on every day at 07am, and turn off 23h if in standby.

Lobbie1978 says:

This is not just a tiny feature, this is huge! WiFi on when your at home after work and at night, and WiFi off as soon as you go to work. Simply brilliant and saves some battery too I presume. WP8.1 ftw!!!

CFO27 says:

Yep, the geofencing would have been a better choice ( maybe it'll be an option at release, who knows...) 

em1ke says:

Waiting for Tasker WP8.1 edition. :)
 

danielgray says:

Surely geofencing is going to use significant battery power? Gps chip is one of the most power hungry bits of silicon in the phone.

abhishake620 says:

go get ready for a podacast thing daniel ....and try to hold back on the leaks if other websites report you also do ..... killing the excitement ....

rockstarzzz says:

Leaks are building the excitement instead of killing it. More leaks = more buyers who will now wait till 2nd April instead of upgrading to an iPhone in Feb, March. Means more eyes on WP8.1 = more buzz. It's all good :)

But people who are reading this already own a WP device OR are banned from android central and imore :)

ScottAB says:

Hey rockstarzzz - I don't know that anyone will defect from i or A just becuase of 8.1. I think it is a vast improvement over the last few years and iterations (I was an early adoper with an HTC HD7 in Nov '10). Quite frankly it seems like much more than a .1 bump. WP will finally be competetive with modern mobile OS'. Getting defections, that's the hard part. Better offer some great phones for pennies on the dollar with ALL major US carriers to earn them. I have seen some friends move from feature/flip phones to WP 8.x via the 520/521, but none care about the OS or the new bells and whistles. They like that the photos upload easily to FB.

jhscann says:

Context is something no OS has nailed right now. Imagine having core services activated based on things like location, time of day, speed, handset orientation, ambient light, noise, vibration etc. A big area to explore and diffetentiate devices with :)

tN0 says:

It seems that this is the core idea behind Cortana. Look how many new "senses" WP8.1 gets: WiFi Sense, Battery Sense... all those "senses" seems to be connected trough Cortana. Imagine this:

"Cortana, please always turn on WiFi when I'm at home or at work. But turn it off at Quite Hours."

"Cortana, please answere any calls with a text message 'I am busy' when I have an appointment in my work calendar."

"Cortana, please change my status on Yammer to 'out of office" when I leave my work location."

 

They could use all the resources to offer u a more thorough experience but it will last only 2 hours after which u ll be tied down by a charging cable. I turned off double tap to wake to improve battery life and considering turning off glance screen too. Today i was playing online chess while it was being charged.. Phone discharged at 57% per hour and died (lost the game cos of this)

Mohd Saif says:

So many wp8.1 news,seem it will be launching in few days.

Good for us bad for Microsoft since their competition now knows what MS is planning

rockstarzzz says:

They aren't planning anything ground breaking and even if they were, competition has OS launches after 2nd April anyway so they would easily build whatever features they want on their matured OS. However, competitions knowing these things are coming, will surely alert them of a threat. A real one this time.

Exactly... What I said

IamDefiler says:

Perfect use would be I don't want to connect to my works WiFi when I'm there since I have full LTE bars and it's faster.

That's how I when I'm at Starbucks.

TechFreak1 says:

Sweet, best use scenario is the commute to work.. No signal on the underground unless you want to pay to use virgin's wi fi network... :p. Couldn't refrain from tapping on wp8.1 article.. Argh lol. Looks like im going to have to stop the notifications from wp central... As i much prefer to find out and experience the wp8.1 goodness myself lol.

ddewar10 says:

Any idea what the "to use WiFi sense, location services must be turned on" at the bottom if the middle screenshot refers to?

DeonBuh says:

It would be great if the WiFi would activate within a preset GPS area, so that when I get home, my 3g automatically switches off, and the WiFi switches on.

vkelkar says:

Nailed it this would be best of them

peachy001 says:

Would it not use more energy with the location stuff on all the time?

smoledman says:

Of course cue the haters who will say it doesn't have beacon support...

horbeme says:

the way i have my phone setup now is that it only picks up my wifi when im home. it doesnt search for another other wifi spots, would this be considered an improvement?

meathead88 says:

Bleh, seems to be useful for those on limited data plans. What about us unlimited people? We would want "WiFi on for next 4 hours".

leoniDAM says:

This is useful but will be more usefull if it can turn on or off the Wi-Fi also with other criteria like appointment in calendar and/or through the geofence feature.
And the same are also for other setting like BT, silent mode, aero mode, ecc...

Super Duper Awesome!

I3unny says:

I really cant wait for wp 8.1

planoman says:

I do not like my phone doing things automatically especially the WiFi. ATT had an app like that, that caused more issues than it was worth. Disabled! Use NFC tags currently.

sent from my kick a$$ Nexus 5!

meathead88 says:

Anyone hear if Internet Sharing can be left on all the time?

morpheus1982 says:

Good feature. Although a great addition would be location dependent activation. For example, the phone knows I have wifi at home, so turn of the wifi if I am out of range.

Edit: when i started writing the comment, the thread was empty!

peachy001 says:

The only problem with this out of range business, is the fact that in some parts of my house I lose WiFi, it may not be more than a minute or two, but then I would have to manually reconnect.

morpheus1982 says:

True, but i meant out of range based on geolocation, not wifi signal strength.

RockmanNeo says:

In my case, it's when it goes out of wifi range, the phone keeps clinging to the Access Point, even tho I have full LTE signal. In the end I don't have any internet connection.

Turning off wifi everytime I take a dump in office restroom is frustrating you know.

I wish WP knows when to switch to wifi or LTE.

em1ke says:

Tasker or llama(Android) can do that easily.

Kristijan87 says:

I hate to be that guy, but some sort of timer would be better :) Don't get me wrong, this is GREAT but what if you could simply tell it to switch itself back on at 4.33 PM just because? :) Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to this feature, ESPECIALLY if they add "when WiFi turns back on, switch mobile data off" checkbox there :)

toph36 says:

That would be good. At least I would like more options.  At least add 8 hours and 12 hours to list.  However, I don't think I will use this much.  I have WiFi at work that I actually use, being that I don't have unlimited data.

I hope they expand the snooze options for calendar entrees as well..  15 mins and 30 mins would be nice.

This would be so much more useful if you could choose a specific period of time. I turn WiFi off while I sleep, and I certainly sleep for more than 4 hours and less than 24...

trinkner says:

+1

A great feature of Symbian is that I could automate the phone to turn off data and wifi during sleeping hours to save battery, but have the phone turn on data/wifi just before I wake up so that it will have emails ready for me to read when my alarm goes off.

CageJ says:

wow, there is more and more feature

Wp8.1 gonna be pretty amazing os . If all the features are true ,it will surely compete or even defeat ios .

Dafter says:

WP 8.1 looks better and better :)

DonnaxNL says:

"Keep Wi-Fi on when the screen times out" should be on in default..

anandv427 says:

Is there a way to crack the password of any secured wifi...can't use my school wifi.. :D

I'm kind of confused on what this does. Why is there WiFi sense, and why would you want to turn it off? Is it because of network caps? More info on this would be great.

trinkner says:

To save battery when you don't need data access. I want to automate the phone so that it turns data/wifi off every night while I'm sleeping, but turns on automatically in the morning.

anuj chandra says:

This feature is good....but from where the hell phone is getting charged???

 

rockstarzzz says:

Good observation! This is yet another photoshoped screenie - not a real thing.

ScottAB says:

Didn't you see The Matrix. It is charging via Charge Sense.

anuj chandra says:

whaat??matrix?

 

pazces84 says:

It just gets better and better.

MadSci2 says:

They should geocache WiFi. That would be epic

My gym has an ATT WiFi hotspot that is annoyingly slow. So I end up turning off WiFi and then forgetting to turn it back on, so the next morning my podcasts haven't synched. Just happened again last night.

Novron says:

Pretty lackluster. Competition does SSID hiding and MAC authorization.

WebColin70 says:

Those have nothing to do with this. This is primarily about battery life and only secondarily about security.

Those two that you list are absolutely NOT valid security measures. Hiding the SSID and MAC authorization are modest measures to keep out non-hackers (hackers know how to get past both of those with minimal effort - you can even look it up on the Internet, then you too can access SSID-hidden access points and know how to spoof a MAC to get past that). This is about turning off a battery-draining feature (Wi-Fi) for a period of time when you know you aren't near a Wi-Fi devices to use Wi-Fi or won't need it for a while.

If you want security with functonal Wi-Fi, WPA2 is the only reasonably secure way to do it. Best is when it's on a RADIUS server, but most of us don't have access to those. WPA2, AES, a renamed router w/o a standard name (b/c there are lookup tables the simplify password guessing on routers with common names), and a good long password is sufficient for casual use. Everything else (WEP, the original WPA, etc.) are easily penetrated, even by casual hackers with minimal skills. SSID and MAC authentication were never considered real security measures, even when they started. They are just screen doors to help control usage by casual users. They are below even WEP.

However, because no wireless security is perfect, turning off Wi-Fi if you're going to a high-risk area is actually the best security of all, so this certainly beats the methods you mention, if the goal is security.

Novron says:

Goal isn't security. The goal is hiding that you're f'n off at work. Pretty obvious when a new WiFi shows up suddenly in an office with a filtered internet.

And no, where the hell you get that you think about MAC authorization... You apparently don't know what it is. If you don't authorize the MAC through the phone, they can't use it regardless if they hack the p/w.

WebColin70 says:

One of us is confused. You understand that turning on Wi-Fi makes your phone a client to an existing Wi-Fi network, it doesn't create one? Do you mean something else?

 

 

WebColin70 says:

MAC authentication doesn't do what you think it does. I can walk into any place that's using MAC authentication, spoof the MAC of a valid device, and voila, I'm on. It also doesn't encrypt anything, meaning any traffic between devices on a MAC authentication system is basically public, unless paired with an encryption system. Of those, only WPA2 is valid.

Lastly, none of this has anything to do with the feature in the article. Wi-Fi Sense has zero to do with not getting caught screwing around at work. All it does is turns off Wi-Fi for a block of time. Either the workplace supports using their Wi-Fi network (in which case you're not screwing around at work by using it), or the don't (in which case turning off the Wi-Fi is irrelevant). So, in neither case is its purpose related to what you said.

ejlee072006 says:

This is very useful....small stuff adds up..

zorb58 says:

They had better support bypassing the PEAP certificate so that I can use my university's wifi.  The over-simplification of Windows Phone in its current form is a real downside in the real world.

EzraWard says:

I think having a location aware switch for WiFi would be excellent. I want WiFi on at work and home, but almost nowhere else, to preserve my battery. That would be an excellent feature.

rollindadice says:

I like many others here are so curious about every new feature and each one just makes sense and means so much to the user. I am sometimes tempted to not read anything until i hear more about the launching but everyday i read all the great news online about the #wp8.1 launching, We welcome you with open arms. Come at us!

NikhilSahu says:

When is windows 8.1 coming?

Aashish13 says:

Windows phone 8.1 right? 2nd April for on developers preview app and official might be June

agd87 says:

I like this feature. I turn my wifi off when i go out to save battery and i forget to turn it on when I'm home which wastes my data. It will be useful when it automatically comes on incase i forget.

Tianfu says:

Can you also preset to turn on when at a certain location?

Would like to have an option like turn on wifi for specific time period like 9am to 6pm daily.

Chef316 says:

Now here is a feature I would actually make use of on a daily basis. Have it turn itself off when I leave home for work...and automatically turn on when I return home :)

kitelessd says:

As others have said I'd prefer based on location. If I'm at home turn on the WiFi. Also I have 3 WiFi networks in my home. My main router has to live way on one end of the house and my bedroom is on the opposite corner. I keep a WAP in my bedroom to give my devices good service there, by my Lumia 925 seems to just choose one at random. Most of the time the 5.8Ghz network with a super weak signal. I can see the signal strength in the WiFi menu. Why can't the phone be smart enough to at least choose the strongest signal?! Anyway im currently manually turning WiFi on and off as come and go from home.

kingjah says:

Do you live in a mansion? Why 3 networks?

Can't see the point personally.

They've got geo-fencing though, right?

Turn on wi-fi when you get next to where a known network is - home, office, cafe etc. That's smart.

 

 

Craig Smikle says:

Since they're adding geofencing to the OS, what I was expecting/hoping for is a "turn on Wifi when I get home" feature that just uses location. Like Windows 7 switches your default printer when you move from work to home

That's actually... incredibly useful!

Didn't even know I wanted it, but I do now.

UltimateKGB says:

Any chance of Bluetooth data hotspot, being able to share data using a Bluetooth connection

BlackGoku says:

Well well so many features!!!Hope they don't give a TOPA in the end!If u know what i mean!

ashikwinger7 says:

its being serious nw...wp rockzzz...............

sinime says:

Great for at a bar! There are times when I use the bar's free WiFi, but if the bar gets too busy, all the iPhone users get on it and it slows to a crawl... Rather that turn off WiFi (and forget to reenable when I get home) or forget the WiFi network (and have to reenter the password next time) I could turn it off for just an hour or 2

Gaurav Paul says:

Daily Commute. Perfect for me. I think 1 hour is great.

kurtd says:

Perfect when I want to access Facebook for an hour during lunch since work blocks it.

hwangeruk says:

** *YES *** THE GYM!

When I work out, I stream music - over 3G.

There are free Wi-Fi hot spots that my phone sometimes tries to connect to and interrupts my stream. So whilst I gym, I turn Wi-Fi OFF. Then I am supposed to turn it on later, but often forget.

Being able to turn off for 1 hour is PERFECT!

Awesome feature, defintely something I would use.

b0blight says:

So it is really named WiFi Sense... 

J88NY R says:

Hmm, thats not really useful to me, it eithe needs to be locations based, or time specific. I dont want to have to turn off wifi and set a time for it to turn back on daily. I just want to be able to set it to turn WiFi on everyday between 5pm and 7am, and off any other time.

Preferably though, I would like it to be location based.

kingjah says:

Does anyone know if WP8.1 will allow connection to shared folders on private networks?

Aashish13 says:

VPN support coming with wp8.1

kingjah says:

VPN is not the same as LAN...I think, VPN is for merging private networks from two different locations.

wp 8.1 will be announced officialy early april... does it mean we will get an update or update will arrive after 4 months?

FlorisRe says:

well still hoping this gets dependent on location data somehow

nblew says:

Wish there was an option to have WiFi turn on or off depending on your GPS location

ericwoodford says:

Mentions WiFi sense at the bottom of the first screenshot. I am hoping that this is what it is.

mygreeness says:

damn the Icon looks really good in this pic

drozdpatrick says:

Wish you could set it where if you hit a hotspot it could notify you to switch. Unless unlimited cellular rates drop

2tomtom says:

WP8.1 excellent ((((((( )))))))

regi7 says:

The more I hear about 8.1, the more I anticipate. Hopefully, they can add the ability to view animated gifs in text messages. Basics.

ipinsao says:

This is big security and battery saving feature.good job on this one.would be nice if you can schedule it to turn on the wifi instead of setting hours.

ipinsao says:

People shouldn't just be leaving their wifi or bluetooth on especially in public places.would be nice if they have something similar for Bluetooth.

Bacchus1976 says:

This is fantastic. Really wish they would add geo-fencing to this, that would round this out wonderfully. 

pan_ani says:

Meh, i don't find this feature useful to myself. I had rather have the feature where the Bluetooth switches itself on when we share a file.

pmich says:

Perfect when i leave the office that has wifi and when i get home.   Normally i would just leave it on but i might as well use this function.

 

 

tjwpmp says:

Slightly off-topic, I admit, but has there been any mention of changing the annoying 20 - 30 minutes intervals that limit apps such as various GPS apps, etc.?

katlo says:

I'd be even more awesome if we could set the time manually, like 8 hours or so

ericwoodford says:

I like the idea of WiFi being disabled when I am away from home or the office. Great battery save function and I believe the WiFi maybe at fault for my Bluetooth audio stuttering during playback.

Nabkawe5 says:

Locational auto Wifi should be sweet too

Nabkawe5 says:

Locational auto Wifi should be sweet too

Cool feature. It needs 8hrs added for being at work with no WiFi.

Edward Kang says:

Finally Microsoft are coming out what the user "need", slowly it will become "wants" for us.
[Building foundation first in order to build taller]
Although is slow but never too late. Looking forward. :)

jleebiker says:

Folks, you're missing the point. This really is not that helpful if you think about it. You still have to go in and touch stuff to enable/disable the feature.

A BETTER way would be turn on or off WiFi based on location. Think about it. You're at work, it turns on WiFi. You're NOT at work, it turns it off. You're at home, it turns on the WiFi. You're not at home, it turns it off.

Even simpler and FAR more useful. (cough) Droid can do this (cough)

CGA1 says:

Agree, Llama on Android is a fantastic app.

Chacness says:

I think this would be more useful if you could also schedule times during the day when it would be turned off say for instance you don't want it enabled while your at work or committing.

I doubt picture authenticity, screen shows the phone is connected to charger but actually it's not wired at all. 

 

Studio384 says:

It's a screenshot from the SDK shown on the phone, like a lot of other WP8.1 pictures.

Athanville says:

i think microsoft will become a major competitor, nondroid is going to have a hard time in the coming future

OsnaStonie says:

A step in the right direction, although I am still missing the great way my old BlackBerry solved this. Their was/is an app (or functionality) called Wi-Fi Manager. The little tool automatically turned off WLAN whenever I left the area of the current wireless network. When I came back home or went to other specified places (like my parents house or some good friends who gave me the credentials for their WLANs), it turned on WLAN again based on the mobile phone cell localization. This is really a great feature. Now I have to enable/disable WLAN all the time manually (the shortcut on the home screen doesn't help much). If I forget to turn on WLAN at home, my mobile contract data package is affected with sync tasks or I am not receiving instant messages due to poor connection quality in some rooms. When I forget to turn it off outside my home, it drains the battery in half a day as it scans for wireless networks all the time. My wife using my old BlackBerry does not have any of those problems. I am afraid that such an App is not possible due to the OS restrictions (from what I understand no app is allowed to read cell phone data and/or turn WLAN on/off) and was hoping such a feature could be introduced in WP 8.1 (orperhaps Nokia/now MS can make something up  based on it)? Any hint on this issue is welcome!

em1ke says:

Geofencing coming with wp8.1.

xrs22 says:

Something like the Motorola Atrix HD where you can set the location and when you leave it turns the WiFi off automatically and back on when you get to set location(s).

manub22 says:

Not sure if this type of feature will help.

I would like a feature that can swicth on/off Wi-Fi and DataConnection in tandem, which I've to do mostly manually every time. Like when I'm on move DataConnection should turn On and Wi-Fi should Off, and when I'm on Home/Office Wi-Fi should turn On and DataConnection should Off.

~Manoj

Fung Kam says:

The option is limited...

For me, I wish it is 1,2,3,4,6,24 hours

Fung Kam says:

Also, I wish NFC tag can turn Wifi on or off.

herrysafary says:

its becomes a WP = wifi phones, you cannot far away from home, manage again for data sense always to use data plan from operators, because i always far from home, if wp 8.1 always use wifi for big size data its called homemaker phones not a professional jobs smartphones.

muvig says:

some of us do not have WI-FI at home, infact the majority in our country do not have it at their home, we only get WI-FI at Work or certain places, so i would prefer to have a setting where i can configure the phone to turn it on at chosen places.

 

 

goldenpipes says:

I wish this could be location oriented instead of time oriented. Seeing as how location is usually always on because Cortana. It'd be nice for wifi to turn on and off when coming or going from place to place.