My phone has a check box under WiFi settings that says something like "Notify me when launching apps if WiFi is available." I leave this unchecked and don't get notified. The "Optimize Wifi usage" item in the Settings has a couple of check boxes too (if you tap it) that can uncheck if you don't want to use Wifi by default for known networks if it's turned off or for downloading large files.
Yes, I have a similar issue. First off it irks me that I get sold "unlimited data" and there's an app on the phone that does whatever it can to keep me off the data network I'm paying for. Secondly, the connections optimizer consistently interrupts what I'm doing and pops up some sort of useless error screen saying something is blocked or some sort of wifi sign in screen when I'm not interested in using wifi. At first I thought that I would be able to change the settings in the optimizer app to at least asking me if I'd like to connect before popping up the screen but apparently it only turns on and "off". Being interrupted like that is extremely annoying!!
If you are rooted, use Titanium Backup to backup Sprint Connections Optimizer and then, after backup complete, uninstall it. That's what I did!
I force stopped the app and have no issues with it. Even after a reboot. Hopefully this will help you out. I just got my phone yesterday so I can't make any judgements on battery quite yet.
It's not just sprint it's the actual OS. For some reason Google allows third parties like Samsung, LG, and a host of others to add bloatware and useless apps that hog memory and eat battery life. Just turn the Connection optimizer off. I find this annoying too. That is why I was a little disappointed when the Nexus 4 (uses the pure untouched version of JellyBean 4.2), which is made by LG, is only available for T-mobile. I assumed because the original Nexus was available to Sprint that it would carry on with the Nexus 4 which is basically the Optimus G with JellyBean 4.2 but without 4G lte, 13mp camera, 32GB of storage and all of the bloatware. I sent my Optimus G back to wirefly.com and am waiting for my replacement. Hopefully my battery issue and rebooting will not be present in my replacement. I'm thinking that we got a bad batch of phones since there are not of user complaints or maybe people think this is what is normal for this phone and if it is then I guess we are stuck with this issue for another two years or until they patch it with an update. To be honest, I like the simplicity of my HTC EVO 4G but my only two complaints is the processor speed and battery life of my old EVO. Hopefully they fix this issue when the update for JellyBean comes out next month or when ever they decide to send out the update. Just know that there are other people out there that are experiencing the same issue as you.
So we have a useless app that we do not need, and apparently cannot disable either, and eating up the battery from the background.
Another forum user here had posted concerns about the Android OS consumption being a little higher than normal, I think I know why now. So Sprint advertises a phone with a large battery capacity, then for some reason decide to sabotage the very same capacity by forcing on us features that I really cannot see how they are useful expect to Sprint for its information gathering...
I totally understand your concern. I just checked on my device, and although Wifi is turned off, the Optimizer is still running in the Applications Manager. This program will continue to run on your device, and unfortunately it is not able to be uninstalled.
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The issue is not with the wi-fi being completely off (which I had turned off btw..hence the frustration with this optimizer nonsense that turns it on back again)- its with this connections optimizer that miraculously keeps turning itself back on..it still shows under my running apps, and is still checked even after I uncheck and reboot the phone..anyway I can uninstall it?
I noticed the same issue occurring on my device as well. After you have selected Turing off the Sprint Wifi Optimizer, you may still have to go into your Wifi settings, and make sure you've turned Wifi off. While you are in Sprint Wifi Optimizer, please make sure the check box to the the right, is unchecked. Confirm that Wifi is turned off by simply going to MENU>>SETTINGS>>WIFI>>OFF. Once Wifi is completely turned off, check your device settings throughout the day to ensure that remains off.
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Yahkie- I had already noticed that, but thanks for your quick response.
However, it does not seem that this app can be disabled even after unchecking its enabling box. I have unchecked the box, restarted the phone and lo- the app is still under my running apps.
I did a little test to see if the option can REALLY be disabled. I unchecked the option, went back and clicked on Connections Optimizer, got presented with legal terms and with options to agree or more information- ignored both and clicked back..and what do you know...the option somehow got checked again!!!!
Now the legal terms mention of information being relayed back to Sprint, and I am wondering if somehow this is why I cannot apparently be able to disable this even though Sprint says otherwise...
Could other users please confirm this issue?