An iOS feature that I miss from Android

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by SVTmaniac, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    Please don't make this an Android vs iOS thread. I have been using my iPhone 5s for about 4 months now. Before that I was a die hard Android guy. So far I have been happy with the switch, but there is just one feature that is either missing or I can't find so maybe you can all help.

    On my Android phones, there was a WiFi option in the advanced settings that allowed the phone to automatically switch the WiFi connection off if either the signal was too weak or there was no response from the internet.

    On iOS i'm finding that when I walk out of my house and I'm working in the yard or my garage, my WiFi signal is strong enough to connect but not really strong enough to deliver a stable connection to my phone so I won't get any iMessages unless I turn WiFi off. Also if I go places with free WiFi but make you agree to terms before getting a connection and I forget to open my browser to agree to them, then I'm also missing any iMessages that come in until I realize it or turn WiFi off. Another scenario is if the internet at my house dies, the iPhone remains connected to my WiFi router, but all my iMessage, emails and Facebook notifications won't come in until I realize the internet died.

    On my Android phones, in all three instances they would automatically have switched the phone over to the cellular connection for me and I wouldn't have had any interruptions in my data connection. I wish iOS had this feature or if it does I wish I knew how to turn it on.

    Any help?
  2. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    No feature like that, but here's the advice I'd give.

    I don't know what your router's options are, but I had this problem and I fiddled with the settings in the router enough to actually make the signal slightly worse so that my phone loses wifi when I go outside. I don't know if it's possible in your case, but worth a look. I think I messed with the radio frequencies and found one that made it work "better."

    There are two ways this can go, I can help with one of them.

    In the exact scenario you've described, yeah, that's a pain because there's not a good way around it. You could turn on "Ask to Join Networks" and it would solve that, but I find it's not worth it. It causes more problems then it solves. Just leave it off and admit defeat in this area. (Or maybe try that wifi setting for a month and see if you disagree with me. Maybe you'll like it.)

    But, something you might not know...when you specifically go into the settings to choose a public wifi spot, wait there in the settings a few seconds. A lot of them will pop up the agreement page in settings without you having to go to Safari. Most people miss that because it takes 5-10 seconds and they've already hit home and never see it.

    So that's helpful advice sometimes, but not all the time, I know.

    I have no help here, but am just wondering how common this is. I feel like this is a once-a-year thing around here, at worst. Does it happen more for you?
  3. gordon1234, Nov 25, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2014

    gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    I've never seen an option like that on Android. I just checked all the options on wifi settings for my Nexus 5 and didn't see any option like that. Sounds like a vendor-specific customization?
  4. eprisencc macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2014
    A lot wifi hotspots got a log on page that pops up on the wifi phone before you connect to the hotspot.
  5. gordon1234 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    Actually this exact feature briefly appeared in an iOS beta version (6, I think) but was removed before release.

    The problem is that it creates the potential for users to unknowingly use up all their mobile data when they think they're connected to wifi. I suspect this is why it never made it to a shopping release, and probably why it doesn't appear in stock Android either.
  6. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    The easiest thing is to use Siri or the control panel to turn off wifi.
  7. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I could have sworn that Craig discussed this feature at WWDC. I also don't blame them for pulling the feature due to what you mentioned.
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It wouldn't really be any different than leaving a wifi area and switching to mobile data. Not sure why that would make people use up sometbinf I knowingly if they see what connection they have.
  9. GreyOS, Nov 26, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2014

    GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    I think the mentioned feature is/was to allow mobile data whilst connected to a WiFi signal that doesn't have an internet connection. You may want to stay connected to your LAN even if it doesn't have internet. So the downside here is that you see the WiFi icon but you're using mobile data - potentially confusing depending on the user.

    That said I think that's slightly different to [edit: some of] OP's problem, where you're connected to WiFI but it's so weak you're effectively not on the internet. It's hard to imagine a signal strong enough that the system can still connect to it but so poor it can't send packets?? I'm not a networking expert though...

    Just seems like iOS is trying too hard to hold on to a weak signal
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Is that what that feature would be like? It sounded like it would actually disconnect you from WiFi just under some more circumstances than perhaps currently. Keeping you on it but using mobile data (without and indictor of any sort too) would be fairly bad, and rather odd if that was the actual implementation of sometning like that.
  11. Vandam500 macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    Yeah, its not on stock. I've seen it on Samsung devices though.
  12. EvoXOhio macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2014
    I had a stock Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 and they both did have this feature. It was buried in advanced settings but it was there.
  13. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    Have you looked for an app for that?
  14. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    An iOS feature that I miss from Android

    Related to the OP's comment on not remembering to enter in log in details for public WiFi, I love the feature on Windows Phone that automatically enters in a login for you in the background. It works well in my experience and I wish IOS would adopt that.
  15. EvoXOhio macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Apple doesn't allow apps to control Wifi like that.
  16. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    That isn't surprising, but I do wonder why.
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    It is not a stock option. Samsung has it built into their phones.
  18. EvoXOhio macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2014
    It is a stock option, I had it on my Nexus 4 and Nexus 5.
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    Stock Android Jelly Bean.


    I can't comment for every Nexus device or whatever but Google has baked this option into Android.
  20. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I remember that as well, they even mentioned it during the keynote. I haven't noticed that it never made it. It's a weak excuse though. Apple could have simply used a different icon to show where the data is coming from. Even now iOS doesn't show whether you're connected to mobile data. Alternatively, a simple toggle would have sufficed too.

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