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Changing the Android Wi-Fi Sleep Policy

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

Bre asks:

I just got an Android 4.0 phone with a limited data plan. I heard that the Android sleep policy settings can help conserve data usage, but all I can find are instructions from earlier versions that don’t work with my phone. Can you help?

Thanks for the question Bre. Yes, changing the Android Wi-Fi sleep policy makes it possible for users to achieve a balance between data and battery usage, with several settings options. For example, those who like to stay connected, but have a limited data plan, can set up their Android device to receive Wi-Fi transmission when the device is on standby or asleep, thus conserving data usage. On the other hand, if transmissions are set up to sync in the background (news, weather, Facebook, Gmail, etc.), this same setting can be a drain on the battery. In that case, an option is provided to receive a Wi-Fi signal only when the phone is plugged in.

In earlier versions, the settings were buried pretty deep in the system–and they still are–but with Android 4.0 (ICS), a couple of steps were eliminated.

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