With the introduction of the Pixel 6 series last month, Android 12 made its debut, and users have been experimenting with it for some time. Android 12 has a new Wi-Fi control option in the notification quick settings panel, which is one of the many new features and design improvements that have been included.
Upon pressing the Wifi button, Wifi doesn’t turn off automatically (like in previous Android versions) but opens up a new section below listing all the Wifi networks around you. Some Android 12 users do not like this change and would want to see the old Wi-Fi toggle option restored on their handsets running the latest operating system. Here’s how you restore the Wi-Fi toggle in Android 12 without using the ADB command.
If you are someone who does not agree with this change and would want to have distinct toggles for Wi-Fi and mobile data, there is a simple solution to restore the functionality of your device. But first, let’s find out what the new Wi-Fi button in Android 12 is all about.
When you open the Quick Settings menu in Android 12, you’ll see new Internet buttons that replaces the previous Wi-Fi and mobile data toggles, bringing them all together in one spot. Those will now have to do one swipe and three taps in order to switch off the Wi-Fi on their devices, which may be inconvenient for users who toggle their Wi-Fi on a regular basis. As a result, we’ve provided you with a straightforward method to restore the Wi-Fi toggle that has been present on old Android devices for so long.
How to Restore the Wi-Fi Toggle in Android 12
There are multiple ways to do this, which include the ADB command and the Tasker application. But here is an alternate method to restore the Wi-Fi toggle in Android 12. First of all, you need to download an APK called “Wi-Fi QS” on your device from GitHub. Once installed, open the Quick Settings panel and tap edit to find inactive/hidden tiles. Find the one titled “Wi-Fi QS” and drag it to the top, as shown in the attached image. That’s it. Now you can turn on/off the Wi-Fi with a single tap.
It’s worth noting that you will not see what Wi-Fi hotspot your device is connected to. If you want to see the connected network, you need to provide location access to the Wi-Fi QS app from the app settings. You can do this by going to your device’s settings and finding Wi-Fi QS in Apps. Tap the permissions option and provide the location access. It’ll now start showing the connected network when you swipe down from the top.
It’s a simple and easy workaround to restore the Wi-Fi toggle in Android 12, especially for users who are not tech-savvy.
How to Restore the Wi-Fi Toggle in Android 12 Using Tasker
Before we dive deep into learning how to restore the Wi-Fi toggle in Android 12 using the Tasker application, we will list all the apps and files required to be downloaded before proceeding further
- Tasker: There is a good probability that you already own Tasker if you are an advanced user. Tasker, if you’ve never heard of it, is a sophisticated Android automation software that lets you establish rules and automate tasks. AutoTools and Tasker have been around for more than a decade, and in fact, developers have produced many scripts on Tasker and AutoTools that make our lives easier. Even though Joo Dias took over the project after the original developer stepped down in 2018, he continues to work on the app. Tasker is available for purchase through the Google Play Store, or you can try it out for free for seven days before making a choice.
Download Tasker from the Play Store:
- AutoNotification: It’s time to download AutoNotification once you’ve downloaded Tasker. The new Wi-Fi toggle, which will take the place of the Internet toggle, will use AutoNotification. The AutoNotification app is available for free from the Google Play Store.
- Tasker Settings: Google has removed the ability for applications to change the Wi-Fi status starting with Android 10. API level 29 (Android 10) and above applications are affected by this. Tasker Settings may help with that. As a workaround, it targets API 21 (Android 5.0 Lollipop). Install the Tasker Settings app from GitHub to enable Tasker to switch between Wi-Fi on and Wi-Fi off. This is a critical step, and if you don’t install Tasker Settings, the toggle won’t function.
Steps to get Wifi and Data toggle back using Tasker
After installing the applications above, follow the steps below to restore the WiFi toggle.
- Visit the Taker project through this link
- Press the green “Import” button
- After redirection to the Tasker app, confirm by pressing Yes.
- Two pop-up windows will now appear, one for enabling the profile and the other for launching the project. To continue, press the “Yes” button twice.
- Import the project and hit the checkmark in its upper-right corner to activate it on your Android 12 smartphone.
- Your QS panel should have an AutoNotification toggle QS tile added now that the project has been set up. Tap on the pencil symbol and hold and drag to create a new tile. The AutoNotification toggle that doesn’t have a number should be included. If you don’t want the Internet QS toggle to be shown twice, you may hide it in this step.
- The Wi-Fi toggle should now be visible in the Android 12 Quick Settings panel, as seen in the screenshot above. Open Tasker and run the project again if you don’t see it.
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