Y5 Battery Saver Keeps Wi-Fi On Only Near Trusted Spots

Android only: When your phone is scanning for potential Wi-Fi connections, it's using battery power it doesn't need to. Free app Y5 Battery Saver periodically checks your location, without GPS, and turns on Wi-Fi if you're home or at another previous connection.

Y5 watches as you connect to Wi-Fi spots from your phone, then memorises their rough location. As you get away from those Wi-Fi locations and Y5 notices through mobile signal triangulation, it turns off Wi-Fi, saving you power and those lightly annoying "Wi-Fi Networks Available" messages. When you're close to your trusted Wi-Fi again, Y5 turns your Wi-Fi back on.

We'd have to give Y5 more of a field test to give it a no-qualifications endorsement. Still, it's a nice utility to have handy if you like to use Wi-Fi when you can, but don't want to randomly try and connect wherever you can while you're out. You can grab Y5 from the market using the scan code at right or download from its home page.

Y5 Battery Saver [via Mobiputing]


Comments

    Perhaps a dumb question, but how it does it check my location without GPS?

    It looks at the signal tower the actual phone is connected to.

      OK thanks, it does mention that in the article but I didn't understand what it meant.

    As is mentioned in the article... it uses your mobile triangulation.
    Same way that Google Maps finds your rough location without GPS on.
    It's pretty accurate.

    You can basically do this without the need for a dedication application, by using Tasker.

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