Difficult time finding wi-fi assist.

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by eagleglen, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. eagleglen macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I read one of those click-bait articles on secret iOS 9 features and it mentioned wi-fi assist which switches you to your cellular signal if your wi-fi signal gets weak (less than one bar). It's on by default and the option is located in settings > cellular, then scroll to the very bottom, below the long list of your apps. This seems like a very worthwhile feature. What I found frustrating was that the option does NOT appear when you do a search of the wi-fi options in Settings. The new search feature in settings was intended to help find these obscure options that are buried in a sub-menu, but failed in this instance. Hopefully it will improve.

    Has anyone noticed if wi-fi assist has actually worked for them?
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Says who?

    No, hasn’t worked for me. When my Wi-Fi connection is poor, the phone will drop the connection altogether and switch to LTE. When I switch off my router’s Internet connection, the feature doesn’t work either. I think Wi-Fi Assist is probably for exceptional cases.
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

    Sep 6, 2002
    That's what wifi assist does. It's switching networks to use the best connection.
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    No, Wi-Fi Assist means that it is technically still connected to Wi-Fi but it will give LTE a higher priority (from what I’ve heard you will see both the Wi-Fi and LTE icons in the status bar, the former greyed out). What I said was that my phone actually drops the Wi-Fi connection and gives way to LTE. It has always done that before.
  5. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Android has had this for years. It detects a usable wifi connection in relation to connection strength and switches to cellular if it needs to.

    I immediately notice this feature working for me. Every single day when leaving work I would be connected to my works wifi but at such a great distance it didn't work. So yesterday I grab my phone to switch off wifi and low and behold for the first time ever, I was already on cellular.

    Edit : by the way the setting for it is under cellular.
  6. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    I didn't know about that feature but I have noticed it working - I have one room in my house with very poor WiFi and I have noticed the phone switching to cellular when there.
  7. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It supposedly didn't do to the same degree before. I haven't heard of it working in a way where it would have both connections and show both icons in the status bar--where have you seen that information?

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