How to Set Wi-Fi Network Priority on Android and iPhone

In this day and age, Wi-Fi is a part of most people’s daily lives. No matter where you go, you can usually find Wi-Fi hotspots near you. While this has greatly improved productivity, it can also be troublesome to know which Wi-Fi network is best to use, in certain situations. There are quite a few signals competing for your devices attention, all at once. Even though your smartphone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android, factors in many details, such as signal strength, network stability, and other factors of the like, when deciding to connect to a Wi-Fi network, the process can still be prone to errors. Luckily, you can add a bit of control to this process.

By adjusting the settings on your smartphone, you can prioritize certain networks over others, in order to ensure that your device will connect to the best available network. This will provide you with consistent connectivity, and will allow you to easily transition between available Wi-Fi networks. The feature that you have to adjust on your smartphone in order to accomplish this is known as Network Priority.

It will only take you a few moments of your time to adjust this feature on your device. The process is very simple to carry out. In order to get started and set Wi-Fi network priority on your iPhone or Android device, follow the simple instructions below.

Set Wi-Fi Network Priority on Your Android Device

The great thing about Android is that you can directly use the built-in settings in order to set Wi-Fi Network Priority on your device. This is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. In order to get started and set Wi-Fi Network Priority on your Android device, follow the simple instructions below.

1. Open the Settings application on your device.

2. Tap on Wi-Fi.

3. Tap on the overflow menu.

4. Tap on Advanced Wi-Fi.

5. You will see a Wi-Fi Priority option. Feel free to specify the priority of Wi-Fi networks, as is most convenient for you.

It’s as simple as that. You’ve now set Wi-Fi network priority on your Android device. If you, instead possess an iPhone, follow the instructions below to set Wi-Fi network priority on your Apple device.

Set Wi-Fi Network Priority on Your Apple iPhone

When it comes to setting Wi-Fi network priority on the iPhone, the process is a bit different. Unfortunately, there’s no built-in setting in order to set Wi-Fi network priority on your device. However, if you own a Mac, then you can prioritize the networks on your Mac and then sync that setting with your iPhone. The process is a lot simpler than it sounds.

Before you begin the method below, you need to ensure that you’re using the same Apple ID on both your Mac, and iPhone. Please also ensure that iCloud Sync is enabled. You can easily verify this on your Mac, by following the simple instructions below.

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen.

2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on System Preferences.

3. Click on the iCloud preference panel.

Keychain

4. Ensure that Keychain is enabled.

In order to ensure iCloud Sync is enabled on your iPhone, follow the instructions below.

1. Tap on the Settings application. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Navigate to iCloud.

3. Tap on Keychain and ensure that it’s enabled.

After you’ve enabled iCloud Sync on both your iPhone and Mac, then you can set Wi-Fi network priority, using the instructions below.

1. On your Mac, click on the Wi-Fi menu bar icon.

2. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Open Network Preferences.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. You’ll now see a list of saved Wi-Fi networks. The networks that are higher on the list, have a greater network priority than those networks lower on the list. Feel free to drag networks into the order that you prefer.

5. Click on OK once you are done adjusting network priority.

Now all your network priority preferences have saved, and will sync seamlessly with your iPhone. It’s as simple as that. If the sync doesn’t occur, ensure that both devices use the same Apple ID and that Keychain is enabled.