I don't know why but the Wi-fi on my Droid (Froyo) keeps auto-enabling. I can't figure out what is causing it and want to make it stop. I only like being connected to wi-fi at times of actual use so I don't waste battery.

Anybody think of applications/settings that can be configured to auto-enable wi-fi?

  • I have found the culprit but I still don't know where to look to change the settings, these things get enabled when I used my desk dock. – cynicaljoy Nov 18 '10 at 15:21

What about rebooting your device ?

I had the same problem solved like this...

[EDIT] Do you use a widget for the wifi: it can help you to disable it?

  • rebooting fixes sooooo many problems. – Michael Paulukonis Nov 12 '10 at 12:03
  • I wish I knew how to recreate this issue rather than just a generic 'it happens sometimes', would make troubleshooting this issue a lot easier. – cynicaljoy Nov 12 '10 at 15:52
  • does rebooting fixes your problem ? – Pascal Qyy Nov 12 '10 at 21:22
  • no, rebooting has not solved the issue – cynicaljoy Nov 16 '10 at 15:31

There could be any number of apps that re-enable wifi: can you share your appbrain app-list? It would be easier for us to tell.

  • Juice-defender, Ultimate Juice, Power Manager Full -- one of these is likely to be the culprit. I can't speak from direct experience, because I've intentionally avoided these apps, but the general sentiment is that they are a bad idea, because they lead to odd phenomena such as you are experiencing. I'm not saying that they are always a bad idea, or that they can't be used without ill-effect, but they do tend to monkey with processes that are better controlled by other means. You might want to try without them for a bit, see if it solves the issue. – ryanklee Nov 12 '10 at 17:21
  • I've disabled (uninstalled) those applications and will attempt to run without for a few days. Will update with results. – cynicaljoy Nov 16 '10 at 15:34

What do you mean by auto enabling? Does it get enabled every time you unlock your phone? Otherwise did you try changing this option: Settings->Wireless and Networks-> Wi-Fi settings (press menu key) Advanced -> Wi-Fi sleep policy

(I have Android 2.1, so your menu path may differ slightly)

  • Auto enable meaning that I manually disable the wi-fi and the device turns it back on without my specific direction. This wouldn't be the sleep policy as that would be what turns it off. Thanks for the suggestion. – cynicaljoy Nov 12 '10 at 15:49

Look for an application titled 'Power Manager', this application has controls to enable/disable: WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS based off multiple triggers. One of which being powered by A/C which was what my 'issue' was. Just had to change this so it didn't change the WiFi status.


If you have Sprint, go to Settings → Wireless and Network/More... → Mobile Networks and uncheck the box Connections optimizer.

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