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  • When the WiFi signal strength is low, the phone switches to a 4G network.
  • When the WiFi signal strength is high, the phone switches to that WiFi network.

This is normal behavior for any Android device and all too familiar to Android users, or to users of any WiFi enabled device in fact. But the problem I often run into is that the WiFi signal is too low to be usable, and too high to switch to 4G automatically.

  • WiFi signal strength 0 < x < 0.5 marks (bars), the phone switches to a 4G network.
  • WiFi signal strength x > 0.5 marks, the phone switches to that WiFi network.

These values are not real measurements. They are merely my own perceived points at which the phone switches between the two.

TL;DR:
Is there a way for me to optimize the auto-switching between WiFi and 4G to my own liking? Is it possible to set that threshold point manually? What I would like is to switch over to 4G as soon as the WiFi signal is below the 2 mark point.


What I am often forced to do, in order to get (usable) Internet access, is to enter the Settings menu on the phone and disable WiFi altogether in order to force my "smart" phone to switch over to 4G!

Would it not be better if the user could control the threshold at which the phone switches between WiFi and 4G? I think the default threshold is too conservative. It's set up to conserve 4G bandwidth by free-riding on available WiFi networks for as long as possible and whenever possible (available).

Devices are optimize to make use of WiFi as much as possible, due to associated data costs on 4G networks. But this is a nuisance! My Internet access is almost completely crippled for many of the WiFi networks I have access to, whenever the signal strength is below the 2 mark point. On the other hand, I have over 4 GB unused bandwidth on my carrier network, for which I have a much stronger signal, but I have to disable WiFi first in order to connect to 4G. That's not convenient when you're on the move a lot.

I have recently started using the 4G network almost exclusively. I have stopped using WiFi because I have had enough with enabling and disabling it back and forth, and having to remember to do it when I'm on the move. So I am looking for a more permanent solution to this.

  • Do you have Tasker installed? You can do things like switch to Wi-Fi or disconnect from it based on Wi-Fi strength. Also, could you please edit and leave the crux? Those two bigger paragraphs are not needed to understand problem statement. – Firelord Sep 13 '15 at 16:35
  • No, I do not. Is there a free version I can test? This is not a free app. I might want pay for it but only if I know for sure it has what I want. Oh and yeah... I'll see what I can do about that crux. – Samir Sep 13 '15 at 16:46
  • Tasker has a 7-day trial version too. Find it here: tasker.dinglisch.net/download.html – Firelord Sep 13 '15 at 17:07
  • I have Tasker installed now. How do I set this up to achieve the goal? – Samir Sep 13 '15 at 17:27
  • @sammyg you can take a look at my answer here for a starter. Might need some adjustment, though :) – Izzy Sep 13 '15 at 19:15
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This would be messy for a comment, so consider it a partial answer.

The following task can stop or disconnect a WiFi if the signal level is below your preferred level.

  1. Create a task named "Wifi" and create following actions in it:

    1. Code → Run Shell:

      • Command → echo "%WIFII" | awk '/Sig: [0-9]/ {print $2}'
      • Store Output In → %Signal

      Alternatively, since awk requires installation of Busybox, for non-rooted devices use the action Variable → Variable Search to search the integer next to Sig: in the variable %WIFII and save it in %Signal.

    2. Task → If:

      • %Signal Maths: Less Than INT

    Replace INT with the signal value (0-9) at which Wi-Fi should disconnect

  2. Net → WiFi → Off | Net → WiFi Net → Disconnect

It is up to you how you want to use this Task.

Note: Tasker has a profile option "WiFi near" under "State" where you can select SSID and/or Signal level of WiFi in proximity.

Hint: You may try running that task with a bit more modification under an infinite loop.

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No, there simply isn't something like this. Maybe someone has made an app for this, but this function isn't to be found in An

  • An app solution would be acceptable too. It doesn't have to be implemented in the system. – Samir Sep 13 '15 at 15:53

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