Screenshot ( at bottom ) shows the option in Developer Options. It reads

enter image description here

Is it of any use for end users to activate it?

Description leads me to guess it might be useful when you are on the edge of WiFi coverage zone , switching to another WiFi may be faster

Edit: Googling threw up results confirming my guess on posts like this ( few more on similar lines). However, would request more explanation, since this is not encountered commonly as a suggestion to counter WiFi drops

enter image description here

  • Define "helpful". … "Always allow Wi-Fi Roam Scans" which forces it to go looking for a stronger signal, but with the side effect that it will ditch an existing connection mid-transfer if it finds a better one. (source) It most likely means: if your connection is weak but there's a lot of data to handle, be more aggressive looking for and switching to a stronger WiFi signal / AP. – Izzy Jun 9 '17 at 6:49
  • @izzy: thanks for additional link, which add to what I linked in my Question but why is this is not encountered commonly as a suggestion to counter WiFi drops is the question with penalties of course . Maybe users are not expected to opt for such penalties ? I suspect this to be the answer – beeshyams Jun 9 '17 at 6:57
  • I cannot answer that. Haven't played with it myself – in fact, I've not even checked if it's there with one of my devices. – Izzy Jun 9 '17 at 6:59
  • @izzy also didn't seem to help OP here android.stackexchange.com/q/156965/131553 – beeshyams Jun 9 '17 at 7:06
  • 1
    Different case. That device already favored (useless) WiFi over mobile data. If there's no "useful" WiFi available, what should that option help? It's not about any stronger signal, but just about WiFi – so it wouldn't favor a 5 bar mobile signal over a 1 bar WiFi, but just a 2+ bar WiFi over that 1 bar WiFi. But it would always favor WiFi, while the questioner there wanted mobile in that case. – Izzy Jun 9 '17 at 9:44

enabling it will automatically connect to the best wifi around with best signal strength and best speedbut it also effects your battery life

  • 1
    Thanks for the answer but it doesn't help. What you are saying is already covered in my question. I am looking for explanation backed by sources to support. – beeshyams Jun 8 '17 at 8:58
  • 1
    Besides this site expects answers to be backed by sources - in the absence of its just an opinion and is liable to get down voted. I Suggest you delete your answer to avoid down votes – beeshyams Jun 8 '17 at 9:01

My guess is that WiFi will scan for the best signal, but there's a caveat to this. If it goes for the stronger signal, you may not connect to it, if you can't get past whatever security it uses. It may make it impossible to connect to the access point, that you have the credentials for, as it will scan away from that connection to the stronger signal, which you don't. This is a option, that may not be of any benefit, if you don't know the security of the stronger networks, but will work if you do know them. That's why there's a switch for that.

  • Thanks. Please see the comments on other answer, equally applicable here. I am looking for authentic sources – beeshyams Jul 8 '17 at 8:59

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.