Everybody loves a good Wi-Fi connection that lets you surf the web as much as you want without worrying about data usage. But if on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus Wi-Fi ends automatically and switches to data, it can be very frustrating.
At first, you might be thinking that it was just a drop of signal. The Wi-Fi signal was too weak, the connection ended, and the device moved to data. Now, what do you do when the wireless signal is perfect yet you’re still getting kicked out of the network, forced to use your subscription data?
Before you start investigating the reasons why your smartphone is dropping the wireless connectivity, you have to make the switch stop. Because that’s the most annoying part and also the easiest to fix.
Why is the Galaxy S8 automatically switching from Wi-Fi to Data?
It’s called Smart Network Switch and it is a special function designed to offer you a stable internet connection. This function is enabled by default and it does precisely what it should do. Whenever it notices you have disconnected from a wireless network, it switches to Data so you won’t be affected by the loss of service.
If you don’t want to be switched like that, you will need to disable this WLAN to mobile data connection option. For doing so, it only takes a few minor tweaks on your Android settings.
Wi-Fi ends and automatically switch to data troubleshooting
The best way to proceed is to enter the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus Wireless settings:
- Turn on the device;
- Activate data connection;
- Access the general Settings;
- Go to Wireless;
- Look for the option labeled as Smart network switch;
- Uncheck this option;
- Get back to your activity and monitor what happens.
By taking these steps, we basically blocked the option that stabilizes your Internet connection no matter what. So, the next time your Wi-Fi connection will be interrupted, chances are you will remain without Internet. It shouldn’t switch to data on its own.
Nevertheless, if the problem persists, the situation might require running a so-called wipe cache partition. This one is intended to prevent your wireless connectivity drop down, obviously, only for the situations when you actually have a powerful signal. If it’s a weak signal problem, this tweak won’t make a change either.
With the wipe cache partition, your smartphone and data are protected. No need to worry that you will lose valuable information because you haven’t created a backup in advance. Just remember that you’ll have to run the recovery mode for activating this option.
How to wipe cache partition in recovery mode
To enter the recovery mode, turn off the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus and then:
- Simultaneously press and hold the Power button, the Home button, and the Volume Up button;
- Within a few seconds, the device will vibrate shortly as it enters the Recovery Mode;
- Surf for the Wipe Cache Partition entry and start it;
- Wait for a few minutes for the process to complete;
- Use Reboot System Now to restart the smartphone.
If not even this method solved your Wi-Fi connectivity, perhaps there’s something irremediably wrong with your device.