Sometimes when you download files or synchronize data on your Android phone you may notice that the screen is being turned off because you are not actively using the phone. That's great for power saving and all, but also usually means that the phone will keep the connectivity options up all the time. While that's not a big issue sometimes, for instance when you are connected to your home Wi-Fi network, you may sometimes prefer to turn off connectivity features when that happens and data is no longer transferred to your phone.
There are a couple of reasons for that, but the major one is power saving. So, disabling Wi-Fi and other connectivity technologies when the phone is inactive helps you save power, but there are a couple of problems associated with that. Sometimes, you may still download files or stream video or music contents that you do not want interrupted. At other times, you may not and want the connections to be disabled immediately.
While you can handle all of that manually, it is easy to forget at times, and a nuisance if you have a screen lock enabled that you need to unlock first before you can turn off connectivity features.
Clever Connectivity is a brand new Android application that takes care of that for you, automatically. The application recognizes when the screen is turned off which is when it will spring to action. It will check the connectivity shortly thereafter to see if the connection is used actively. If it is, it won't disturb the connections at all and schedule a later scan to check again.
When there is no connectivity, it will turn off connectivity features such as Wi-Fi so that you save power and cut off any connection attempts at that time. While that is great and all, it furthermore enables the connectivity settings again automatically when you start to use the phone actively again so that you are all set.
Here is the full feature list that the application makes available:
As you can see, there are a couple of additional features available like the sleep hours setting which can come in useful. Time on, off and the check interval may require further explaining. The Time on interval defines for how long connectivity will remain active after the screen has turned off. The check interval is used to determine whether data is transferred, if it is, it will restart the time on timer. Time off is the time the connectivity features remain turned off. Connectivity will automatically be reactivated after that time and the process starts anew. If you turn on the screen manually, connectivity is re-enabled immediately.
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