iOS 9 Can Tell When Your WiFi Sucks And Switch You To Cellular Data

Apple iOS 9 and WiFi Assist

There are times when WiFi connectivity just isn’t cutting it. A slow connection, dropped data, whatever the situation might be, iOS will soon be able to detect your faulty WiFi and switch you over to cellular data.

Apple iOS 9 can detect when a weak WiFi signal is being used and then automatically drop back to cellular data connectivity. When a stronger WiFi signal is available iOS 9 will switch you back to WiFi.

There are already apps that handle the same task on Android such as BestSignal or Tasker.

Thew new iOS 9 trick is part of Wi-Fi Assist and it is already being tested by developers.

Apple iPhone users will have the option to turn Wi-Fi Assist on and off, ensuring that data gobbling Netflix and YouTube apps don’t drain a users data plan before their data month even has a real chance to get started.

WiFi Assist

With more areas offering free Wi-Fi the Assist feature could finally level the playing field between free WiFi data and cellular usage. It’s great news for users but not the best news for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and other cellular carriers who are relying more heavily on data access these days.

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Written by Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose

Peter Mondrose is the Editor-In-Chief at BusinessPundit. He received his degree in Economics in 1998 and a second degree in Journalism in 2004. He has served as a financial adviser, market trader, and freelance journalist for the last 11 years. When he's not investigating market conditions and reporting on workplace news, he can be found traveling with his wife, dog, and laptop. He can be reached at PeterMondrose@BusinessPundit.com or (929) 265-0240.