Pixel 6a Stock Android 13

I have two Wi-Fi networks at home with the same provider - 2.5Ghz and 5Ghz (SSID'S are different though).

I am usually connected to the 5Ghz network but at times the signal quality degrades to the extent that 2.5Ghz offers a better performance. Unless I physically notice this and switch networks downloads and uploads are badly affected.

I have seen these questions and the comments under them:

I don't think my question is a duplicate because:

  • My device is rooted and I am open to rooted means.

  • None of them pertain to the current Android version.

Things tried

  • I do not want to use an app since they require location permission which is an unnecessary battery drain.

  • I haven't found any setting including in developer options that can do this.

  • I found a Magisk module trawling the net but I don't trust it since it lacks any details or any updates

So, is there a way I can achieve switching to the best Wi-Fi on Android 13?

Edit: I am not looking for solutions that require changing router or installing any hardware

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    Typically this is handled by the wireless network and band steering based on signal level threshold settings... setting the 5Ghz threshold to steer to 2.4Ghz at around -65 to -75 dBm levels is usually sufficient. This does require the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands use the same SSID. If they are unique, you would need to adjust the disconnect thresholds on your mobile device, which I am unsure how to do or if it's even possible.
    – acejavelin
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 3:39
  • @acejavelin good point. SSID's are different (edited in question) // I can't do anything at the router end since it runs provider setup configuration and I can't even access it//Tasker I understand can determine and adjust (from my scant understanding of what I saw on some forum and I am not conversant with Tasker to try)
    – beeshyams
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 4:25
  • @acejavelin on wife's One Plus 7,it is possible since it offers you to switch to a better network from among the saved networks. That made me think it is possible
    – beeshyams
    Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 4:53

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It seems to be a design feature of the Android phones to stick to a network until it's just impossible to continue.

I used an app for a while but got sick of it and I have since installed Ubiquity Wireless Access Points and a Router in my house. This does what is called an active handover, where it instructs the phone to switch to a different WAP. It's the same method used in malls and airports.

It's either this or use an app. I can't recommend any as I haven't used one for a few years.

  • +1 but don't agree with It's either this or use an app. On a rooted phone lot of things are possible. Few years ago there was an Xposed module that could this
    – beeshyams
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 13:42
  • Also, I am looking for a phone based solution only (should have mentioned this in the question earlier)
    – beeshyams
    Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 14:49

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