Since the first public release of Android, Google has done more than its fair share to make the operating system as user-friendly as possible. From little visual tweaks and assistant features to nifty usability enhancements that actually make a difference, we have pretty much seen it all.
Google knows just how important Wi-Fi is to us, and offers a pretty great feature that makes switching to our favorite networks completely hassle-free. Introduced first in Android Oreo, this neat feature enables your Wi-Fi automatically when you’re close to a trusted network/place where you use Wi-Fi frequently.
How to turn on Wi-Fi automatically
The Turn on Wi-Fi automatically feature makes use of another feature called Wi-Fi scanning, which is generally found inside Location Services. It searches for Wi-Fi networks in the background and matches them against your list of saved/trusted networks. If the Wi-Fi network is adjudged to be trusted and of high quality, then the system toggles on Wi-Fi and connects to the network.
On Pixel/stock UI phones
To connect to Wi-Fi automatically on Pixel/near-stock Android smartphones, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi preferences > Toggle on Turn on Wi-Fi automatically.
On Samsung Galaxy phones
On Samsung Galaxy devices, go to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi > tap on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner > Advanced > Toggle on Turn on Wi-Fi automatically.
On any other Android phones
Well, it should be under the Wi-Fi settings somewhere. If you can’t find it, simply tap the search bar at the top after you open the Settings app, and look for Wi-Fi automatically. The option will show up, tap to reach the Settings screen. And then toggle it on.