WiFi Manager

Manages your device's WiFi based on your location

Privacy Friendly WiFi Manager helps you automatically turning on/off your Wi-Fi while you are not near a known WiFi network. The app keeps track of the cell tower ids in your area while you are connected to a WiFi network. By keeping this information, the app tries to learn where your WiFi is located without using GPS.

By switching off the device's WiFi when it is not required, so-called tracking via WiFi is avoided. Privacy Friendly WiFi Manager also saves battery life by automatically disabling your device's WiFi in case it is not near an already known WiFi network.

The app preserves your privacy by tracking least necessary data. All data is kept on your phone. No data is sent to anybody. We also try to use the least permissions possible. Privacy Friendly WiFi Manager requires access the the device's coarse location to retrieve the cell tower information. It furthermore requires access to the WiFi state and the permission to change the WiFi state.

The app belongs to the Privacy Friendly Apps group developed by the research group SECUSO at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Packages

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 1.0.1 (2) - Added on 2019-06-08

    This version requires Android 4.1 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
      Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

    Download APK 2.3 MiB PGP Signature

  • Version 1.0 (1) - Added on 2019-02-03

    This version requires Android ? or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • prevent phone from sleeping
      Allows the app to prevent the phone from going to sleep.
    • access approximate location (network-based) only in the foreground
      This app can get your location based on network sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi networks, but only when the app is in the foreground. These location services must be turned on and available on your phone for the app to be able to use them.
    • connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
      Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.
    • view Wi-Fi connections
      Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.

    Download APK 2.0 MiB PGP Signature