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    Wifi turns itself on when phone is powered on

    Wifi is off when phone is turned off. After phone is turned back on wifi turns itself on. Smart network switch is off, Network notification is off. Once I remember to turn it off it stays off. Same thing happens to my wifes S III. Thought it might be related to a new router, but wifi turns itself on with router turned off. I haven't downloaded any new apps for awhile and wouldn't know howto tell if any were causing a problem.

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    Welcome to the forum

    As I understand what you have explained, all my Android devices do that. Maybe I'm missing something.
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    I have always had to turn my wifi on to use it, within the last 3 weeks or so my phones wifi will switch itself on whenever I turn my phone on. You say all your devices turn their wifi on, what's the point of an on/off switch? Thanks

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    Welcome to the forum Nichin!
    I may not be understanding your question....
    Do you mean when your device is completely turned off, or only when the screen "times out" and turns off?
    If it's the latter, you'll want to go into your Wi-Fi settings and turn on, "always on, only when plugged in, or never", which will keep it on (depending on what you select) when it goes to sleep.
    If you mean when the device is powered down, and it turns itself on, then no, I don't experience that if my WiFi was originally "off" before I powered down the device. If this is the case then yes, it may have something to do with being connected to your new router. The Wi-Fi on all of my GalaxyS phones have stayed turned off if they were originally off before I turned off the device.
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    Thanks for responding, to clarify, when I say turned on I mean powered on, device has been powered off than powered on with the wifi turned off. Spent an hour chatting with Belkin tech support and while I couldn't get them tell to me if there was a setting on the router that would cause this problem they did not think it was a router issue, although all their fixes involved my phone. And as I've said my wife's phone does the same thing, I just don't know why it still turns itself on when router has been turned off and when I'm out of range of my router. Again I thank you.

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    Hmmm... sorry bud I got nothing!
    Hang in there and hopefully someone will be able to get you fixed up. I don't connect my phone to WiFi all that often, so it's likely that there's a simple fix I'm just not aware of. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nichin View Post
    Wifi is off when phone is turned off. After phone is turned back on wifi turns itself on. Smart network switch is off, Network notification is off. Once I remember to turn it off it stays off. Same thing happens to my wifes S III. Thought it might be related to a new router, but wifi turns itself on with router turned off. I haven't downloaded any new apps for awhile and wouldn't know howto tell if any were causing a problem.
    is "scanning always available" disabled?
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    I have a " always allow scanning" and it is disabled. Everything in my wifi advanced settings are turned off or disabled.

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    Your next step at this point would be a factory data reset. Just make sure to back up all your contacts, pictures, music & music files first. Good luck!

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    I have been putting that step off, kind of a pain, have just been leaving phone on. Will follow your advice today.

    I did notice wifi updates apps almost immediately when it turns itself on. I have always tried to control what apps are updated: only the ones I use. Thanks again

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