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This mistake in using public Wi-Fi simply drains your smartphone battery

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This mistake in using public Wi-Fi simply drains your smartphone battery

Public Wi-Fi was a real lifesaver for Ukrainians in the days when the terrorist strikes of the aggressor country Russia left many homes without electricity. It allowed not only to stay informed about what was happening in the country but also to keep in touch with relatives when mobile networks were not working reliably due to overload.

However, it's probably not a good idea to use public Wi-Fi. SheFinds writes about this. In particular, it is not only about the security of personal data but also about the constant battery drain, which has become a real problem in blackout conditions.

According to Kyle Crisp of KC Web Design, one of the most common mistakes in using public Wi-Fi is that people leave network search on even when they are not using the Internet.

"When this happens, your phone will constantly try to connect to a WiFi network even if it's out of range and can't connect," Crisp said.

According to him, this can significantly drain the phone's battery, which will use up power trying to find a network point and connect to it.

Crisp advises turning on Wi-Fi search only when you really know there is a public hotspot nearby or when you intend to use the network. At other times, it is better to disable this function.

To do this, go to Settings, select Wi-Fi, and turn off the switch. You can also disable network search in the control center, which, depending on the phone model, appears as a "curtain" if you swipe the unlocked screen from the bottom up or from the top right corner down.

Another way to prevent battery drain is to turn on the "Request Network Connection" or "Request Connection" feature, depending on your smartphone model. If you enable this function, your smartphone will connect only to networks you have previously known, and you will receive notifications when an unknown network is available.

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