How to Set WiFi Priority on any Android Smartphone
WiFi, without doubt, is one of the most commonly used features in any smartphone. With the high cost and low speeds associated with mobile data, often than not we find ourselves to hooked to a WiFi connection; be it at your home or at the workplace.
Having a larger number of WiFi connections around often makes the job slightly tedious wherein you need to switch between saved networks manually to get the optimum data speeds. This problem is especially evident in workplaces or large houses where there are multiple WiFi connections available for every specific area of the place.
Living at a time when even daily tasks like setting alarms can be regulated using AI-based voice assistants, it’s quite counter-intuitive to prioritize a WiFi connection manually on an Android phone. Sadly, Android is yet to integrate the WiFi prioritize feature within the settings menu. Only, the now defunct, CyanogenMod ROM used to come with a ‘Set Wifi Priority’ feature built-in. Those running on other builds of Android, especially stock or some slightly modified UIs need to rely on third-party apps for prioritizing one saved WiFi network over the other.
Which is the Best App to Prioritize WiFi on Android?
There are a ton of apps available on Google Play that come with the ability to set wifi priority, but only a handful successfully get the job done. Among them, a free app called WiFi Prioritizer is what we would recommend. WiFi Prioritizer has been there for quite some time now and has been built by a developer called Robert Botha. The best thing about the app is that it’s lite and easy to use. It’s a fuss-free implementation that may seem rather boring and unattractive to some.
How to use WiFi Prioritizer?
- After downloading and installing WiFi Prioritizer on your phone, simply open the app and turn on Enable Scheduled Job. This would effectively kickstart the process of prioritizing your saved WiFi networks.
- Next, go to the Settings by pressing on the menu icon (represented by three sequentially arranged vertical dots). In the Settings menu, click on Refresh Interval. By default, the refresh interval is set to 60 seconds. You may reduce the interval speed to as low as 5 seconds, wherein your smartphone would be searching for new WiFi connections very fast, thereby resulting in near uninterrupted surfing experience. With that said, setting such a small refresh interval would take a toll on your battery life.
- Thereafter, go back to the app home screen and prioritize the existing WiFi connections as per your preference. Just in case you want to exclude any specific network from this prioritizing list, simply untick the saved network. You can drag and move the networks in the list to frame your custom priority order.
- Furthermore, the WiFi Prioritizer app allows you to set signal strength to either connect or disconnect from a saved network. In that case, it would automatically migrate to a higher priority network having improved signal strength.
- To disable the WiFi prioritizing feature simply toggle the Enable Schedule Job to off position. Those looking to permanently disable it can also uninstall the app from their smartphone.
As we mentioned before, there are a lot many apps promising to help you set wifi priority on Android, but hardly any of the work well enough to deserve a mention. For now, you can go with the WiFi Prioritizer app we have mentioned above which works like a charm.