A stable Wi-Fi connection on phones is what we need as it eats up less battery and offers more functionality. Usually, whenever the Wi-Fi connection conks off, our cellular data (if enabled) gets eaten up without us realising.
With Android 8.0 Oreo, Google has tackled the issue of stable Wi-Fi connection. The latest version of the OS features the ability to connect to a known Wi-Fi network automatically whenever in close range even when the Wi-Fi is not enabled. It solves the problem of open Wi-Fi connection that scans every network in range and casts a negative impact on battery, on Oreo, it automatically connects to known access points and hence saves battery. So, if your device is on Oreo, you can turn off Wi-Fi when stepping outside and it will automatically connect to your Wi-Fi when you are near a known network. A nifty addition to the OS to save the battery, we say!
Here's a handy guide to enable automatic Wi-Fi connection feature on Oreo:
- Head to Settings on your device and then select Network & Internet option from the list
- Now, select Wi-Fi Connection, and if you are already connected to a network then you will see it along with other nearby access points
- Scroll down to the bottom and then select Wi-Fi preferences
- Toggle Wi-Fi Automatically option. Now you can disable Wi-Fi whenever on a move and it will automatically whenever near a known connection
Using Autofill on Oreo
Another cool feature that debuted with Android 8.0 Oreo is Autofill. It allows your phone to access Password manager apps to enter login details so that you don't have to fill them manually. This feature is pretty safe to use.
Of course, before this feature, we always had the option to use password manager apps on our phones like LastPass. However, we had to open these apps to fill details. Now, getting the same functionality as a part of the OS is a different ball game altogether. Oreo allows users to select their default password manager service. Autofill feature on Android Oreo comes disabled by default, so you have to head to the Settings to enable it.
Here's how you can enable Autofill on your Android 8.0 Oreo running device:
- Open Settings > System > Languages & Input > Advanced > Input assistance > Autofill service
- Now, you will see a list of password manager apps, from here you can choose the one you want to access when filling login details automatically
- You can also choose Google autofill from the list to access the details saved in Chrome
- Once enabled, you can go to the webpage of any service and on the login page you will see the option to autofill, just tap on it and your details will be filled automatically
Try out these features on your Oreo running device and let us know how useful they have turned out for you.