Android - Avoid poor Wi-Fi connections

If you have been directed to this article during setup, then your Android device has a setting enabled that will prevent you from setting up Blink. Many Android devices have an advanced Wi-Fi setting designed to avoid poor Wi-Fi connections.  This setting may be called:

  • Auto Network Switch 
  • Smart Network Switch 
  • Avoid Poor Wi-Fi connections
  • Avoid Bad Wi-Fi connections
  • Adaptive Wi-Fi
  • Switch to mobile data
  • Xiaomi Wifi Assistant

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Galaxy Note 2 Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S3/S4 Galaxy S5
Galaxy S6 UMiDIGI F1 Other devices Xiaomi

On the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, S5 and S6, it's called Smart Network Switch. This feature automatically switches the device's Wi-Fi network to the best available signal connection if the device senses that the current connection has problems (like no Internet connection). This happens very quickly: as soon as the phone connects to the Blink-#### network, the OS switches the device back to a working Wi-Fi network. Blink setup is not possible while the feature is enabled. The Blink-#### network is only used for setup and does not provide an internet connection.  

Instructions for the Galaxy Note 2:

1. From the main Settings page, tap Wi-Fi.
2. Tap Smart Network Switch to disable this feature.  


Instructions for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S3/S4:

1. From the main Settings page, tap the Connections tab and then tap Wi-Fi.
2. Tap More in the top right corner.
3. Press the Menu button and then tap Advanced.
4. Tap Auto Network Switch or Smart Network switch to disable the feature.  


Instructions for Galaxy S5:

1. From the main Settings page, tap the Connections tab and then tap Wi-Fi.
2. Tap Smart Network Switch to disable the feature.
 

Instructions for Galaxy S6:

1. From the main Settings page, tap Wi-Fi and then tap More.
2. Tap Smart Network Switch to disable the feature. 


Instructions for UMiDIGI F1 and devices when WiFi Auto Join isn't working:

1. Power on the Blink Mini or Sync Module and wait until one light flashes blue and the other is solid green.
2. Manually connect the phone to the Blink device (not using the Blink app).
3. Open the Blink app and add the Blink device.  
4. Your phone may prompt you that the Blink-#### network doesn't have an internet connection and if you should use it anyway.
5. Reply "Yes" and the Blink device will be added. 


Other devices:

1. Check your Settings> Wi-Fi section and Settings> Wi-Fi> Advanced or More for one of the setting names listed in bold above.
2. Disable this setting and return to the Blink app.

If you have disabled the correct setting, you will have the option of hitting the continue button when you return to setup.

Here is an example of what this setting looks like on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2:

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wi-fi settings


Here is an example of what the setting looks like on the LG G4:

LG G4 wi-fi settings


Here is an example of what this setting looks like on a LG Stylo 5:

Samsung Galaxy S6 wi-fi settings


Here is an example of what this setting looks like on a Samsung Galaxy S6:

Samsung Galaxy S6 wi-fi settings


Here is an example of what this setting looks like on a Samsung Galaxy S8+:

Samsung Galaxy S6 wi-fi settings

 
Here's information on the Xiaomi interface:

Xiaomi devices have an advanced Wi-Fi setting called “Wi-Fi Assistant”.

The description in the UI is: "Select Wi-Fi or mobile data network intelligently when Wi-Fi Connection is poor".

Tip: DESELECT this option to onboard Blink devices effectively.

 
If permission for the Blink app to (Change Wi-Fi connectivity) is enabled, an "Allow-Once" pop-up message will not appear which will make adding a new device easier. 

This setting can be changed on your Xiaomi phone by accessing: Settings > Apps > Manage apps > App info > Blink > Change Wi-Fi connectivity. Then select Accept.


Otherwise, there is a Wi-Fi permission pop-up shown in the device ~3 times during one onboard which you must allow.

Xiaomi seems to be the only OEM with this particular pop-up.



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