I've got a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I leave my WiFi on all the time. When I'm home the phone automatically switches to WiFi. When at work, it switches to work WiFi automatically too. I leave connection optimizer off, since I don't understand what value it provides.
The description says that Connection Optimizer automatically selects either 3G/4G or WiFi depending on speed. My phone already does that though automatically, so what's the point of this option?
Thanks for the post. Here is some info we have on the optimizer.
Why would customers want to turn on Wi-Fi?
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Victor provided the long version.
The short version is that it manages your connections in a way that prolongs battery life and increases the users experience.
If your not aware, in the past, leaving all your connections on would drain your battery relatively quickly. For instance, when WiFi is turned on it will constantly update in the background letting you know that there are network connections available. Even when your no where near a known connection. So as your driving down the road, your phone is seeing all sorts of available WiFi networks because it's turned on. This constant polling can kill your battery pretty quick. And the 3G and 4G does this to to a certain extent. With Connections Optimizer running though, it doesn't poll as often so you can leave all your connections (except BlueTooth) turned on and depending on which connection is providing the best service, it will switch automatically.
not to mention it actually has a memory..which ever wifi spots you have stored to your phone it will usually pick up on those once in that area and turn itself back on. i HIGHLY recommend turning off the alert notifications for new connections for wifi though..or it will still try to connect you to every one you drive by lol
Almost as bad as a little kid in the back seat, "are we there yet? are we there yet? are we there yet? ..."
Well, maybe not as bad, at least you can shut the phone up.
its basically a way to get your data usage offloaded from the network whenever possible, and also saves you some battery in the process
Sorry for that. I wanted all the details put out there just in case someone went looking for it and wanted all the info on it. . I hope I didn't put anyone to sleep with this. LOL
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Victor, not at all. My only issue with the full blown explanation is that it can get confusing if your not familiar with it to begin with. It's just a little over whelming I think. Which is the only reason I posted the short answer.
sometimes simplicity is the easiest and least confusing route
You might be right. I appreciate your attention on this and helping Sprints customers with providing the info. Between you and I. There really shouldn't be any questions about this subject. We should be able to lock this bad boy down. Thanks again for your input.
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It is a nice concept in theory, but terrible execution. It DRAMATICALLY reduced my battery life on my s3 after updating to 4.1.2 I could not get through half the day without my battery being 20%. Turned it off and now I am back to where I was, about 60-50% at the END of my work day.
i know that having the wifi notifications on nails the batery pretty fast..aside from that i havent ran into any issues with it personally