My phone keeps disconnecting from the WiFi network, saying "avoided poor Internet connection"... but I'm less than 20 feet from the router. It shows full bars while connected and the speed is fine. How can I make it stay connected?

  • Which manufacturer made your phone? I don't believe "Avoid poor connections" is a part of stock Android, but rather a manufacturer customization.
    – Dan Hulme
    Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 16:01
  • It's an LG Escape. It only stared doing this after a recent update. The exixtence of this question makes me think it is an official Android thing.
    – Zelda64fan
    Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 16:05
  • This forum post claims that the “Avoid poor connections” feature was removed in Android 4.0.2. Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 16:12
  • However, actual implementation is definitely present even in JB — maybe it was just disabled in ICS due to being incomplete, and then fixed and reenabled later. Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 16:22
  • On HTC One the Advanced setting is 'Best WiFi Performance' but toggling that off didn't change it. Its something to do with the DHCP Client implementation and left over lease information for the IP address. But where to find (and remove) those files?
    – user37442
    Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 8:49

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Figured it out...go to the WiFi settings, hit the menu key and choose "Advanced", and uncheck "Avoid poor connections".

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    Since you answered yourself, could you put your answer as approved ? Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 8:52
  • II can't find the checkmark box that said "Avoid poor connections." My Android OS version is 4.0.4. Commented Jan 2, 2014 at 1:44
  • that option is also not present in android 4.2.2. what to do?
    – peter
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 17:04
  • Well, it is present on 4.4.2, but I guess it could well be manufacturer specific. I just activated it on my phone to test it out, as I hate it when I am outside my house in the car finding an address for the navi and the phone just struggles between Wifi and 3G... I was really looking for the opposite config this question/answer addresses, but I still got what I wanted... :D
    – Martin
    Commented Oct 2, 2014 at 8:36
  • I don't see this on my HTC One M8s (Android 5.0.2 with HTC Sense 6). There is a check-box called "Auto-switch to mobile network", but it is unchecked and my phone still sometimes avoids my home Wi-Fi. Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 2:55

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