A slow Wi-Fi is like a slow death for any Samsung Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3 user. From a weak connection to a strong connection that strangely gives you slow speed, there are all kinds of troubles you can encounter, each of them more annoying than the other. More often than not, it’s the so-called Smart Network Switch that you can blame.
This setting will constantly try to move you from Data to Wi-Fi, as it sees fit, in an attempt of giving you a stable connection, which isn’t always the case. We’ll talk about this particular issue but also about many other Wi-Fi problems and solutions, in the following sections.
The weak, disturbing Wi-Fi signal – get it out of your way
The issue is just the way we suggested. If you have the Wi-Fi activated and your Samsung Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3 picks whatever remote signal, it will constantly try to connect to it:
- Go to the Menu;
- Navigate to Settings;
- Select connections;
- Tap the Wi-Fi;
- Turn its toggle from On to Off.
The saved Wi-Fi network – how to forget a certain profile
We are obviously talking about the phone, not about you. If you’ve used a particular Wi-Fi network for too long and you’re planning on trying a new type of connectivity, you’ll have to make the device “forget” the previous connectivity details. This can be easily done by navigating to your network settings, where you select the network you want to remove, long press on it, and tap the Forget option.
If you only want to change some details – like when the network’s password was recently modified, you have the Modify option to help you adjust the saved connectivity details. Basically, it goes like this:
- Swipe down the Notification panel;
- Select the Settings icon;
- Go to Network connections;
- Select the Wi-Fi;
- Tap on its On/Off switch to adjust the status;
- Select the Wi-Fi network profile that needs to be edited or forgotten;
- Select Forget;
- Select the profile of the network you’ve just forgotten and retype the details.
As you’ve noticed, you can use the Forget network option either to connect to a new network or to give it a sort of refresh, where you introduce, once again, the username and the password of the old network.
The smart network switch issue – how to make it stop
The name of smart network switch shows all the good intentions of this feature. But there are times when automatically taking you from the mobile data to whatever Wi-Fi signal the Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3 picked is not so smart. To prevent the device from switching Wi-Fi/mobile back and forth, you will need to:
- Turn on the device;
- Swipe down the Notification panel;
- Enable the mobile data connection;
- Go to the General Settings;
- Access the wireless settings;
- Uncheck the option labeled as “Smart network switch”.
And that’s all, from this moment on, the device will no longer constantly scan for Wi-Fi signals in the nearby and interrupt the mobile traffic in an attempt of giving you free internet. This action could have certainly impacted the stability and the speed of your internet connection.
The slow Wi-Fi approach – issue and troubleshooting
A slow speed on your Wi-Fi connection will result in a slow navigational experience. With sites or apps like the ones of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or even WhatsApp, where you have so much information to display, things can be extremely annoying. It will either take ages to load the pages or load it with missing pieces of information and broken images. Needless to say, it is even more unbearable when you can tell that the Wi-Fi signal is strong but the Wi-Fi navigation is so problematic.
If that’s the case, we would suggest you to:
- Turn off the smartphone right away;
- Press the Volume Up, Home, and Power buttons and hold them for a few seconds;
- Wait until the phone vibrates and you see that it has accessed the Recovery Mode – that’s when you’re safe to release the three buttons;
- Start your navigation within the Recovery Mode, relying on the Volume Down (for selection) and Power (for activation) buttons;
- Use the Wipe Cache Partition option first;
- And when it’s done, use the Reboot System Now option to leave this mode.
The ultimate option – asking for technical assistance
We all get there, sooner or later, so, don’t take it personally. If nothing really worked, maybe you need the input of a technician. Or his tools and experience. Or you just need to change the Samsung Galaxy A9, A8, A7, A6, A5, A4, A3 because there’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t tell that on your own. Only an authorized technician can and that’s the only thing you can do right now…