13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 28, 2011 7:16 AM by Ralph9430
manyways Level 1 Level 1
I Have a iPad 32GB 3G + Wifi

Just wondering if the Wifi is supposed to go off when the iPad is in standby (like the iphone) or does it constantly stay connected?


iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10

    Not necessarily. You can turn it off.

    Tap Settings / General / Wi Fi. There's a tab to turn it off or on.

    You can leave it turned on even if the iPad is off, that way when you turn the iPad on the network connects automatically.

  • manyways Level 1 Level 1
    Don't want to turn off Wifi, just curious whether the connection is persistent even though the iPad is in standby.

    On the iPhone, wifi drops the connected when put in standby and re-connects when "woken up".

    My iPad is always connected
  • Level 8 Level 8
    As Carolyn said, the iPad will automatically connect to the WiFi when it wakes if WiFi has been left in the ON position. If there are multiple WiFi networks to choose from, the iPad will connect to the last network it was attached to before going to sleep. Also, if you take it out of range of the network, when you come back in range it will reconnect automatically.

    In the sleep mode, or even out of range of a network, the battery is not being drained by leaving the WiFi switched on. Some have said on here to turn it off to save power but I have seen no difference if out of range of a WiFi network.

    The unit is very good about remembering what you have done recently and helping automate your existence

    Message was edited by: Ralph Landry1
  • mcpatric Level 1 Level 1
    My iPad (ios4.2.1) doesn't switch off wlan during standby. I can see this on my router webinterface logged in with my laptop.

    How can I switch the wlan to "sleep" during standby on my iPad?

    Thx in advance.
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4
    mcpatric wrote:
    My iPad (ios4.2.1) doesn't switch off wlan during standby. I can see this on my router webinterface logged in with my laptop.

    How can I switch the wlan to "sleep" during standby on my iPad?

    You can't unless you manually turn off wifi or shut down the device.
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6
    You don't want it to. Services still run when the iPad is sleeping. Things like push mail notification and other notifications. They wouldn't work if wifi went dead during sleep.

  • jake1974 Level 1 Level 1
    You would save battery life with the wifi off. Notifications aren't really crucial for some people, like me.
  • DixieDog14 Level 1 Level 1
    Somewhat on this topic, I find when switching to 3G from wi fi, I must restart my iPad in order for 3G (Verizon) to come on line. Does this seem normal?

    I'm in Settings physically turning wi fi off and Cellular Data on, but 3G won't activate until I restart.

  • MacGee Level 6 Level 6
    The iPod had a similar problem, which led to it staying connected to Wifi when off, thus draining the battery very quickly. One solution was to Reset All Settings. I don't know if this would work with the iPad 2 3G, but would be interested to find out because I have one on order.

  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3
    I believe apple already addressed the persistent wifi/battery drain issue in a previous iOS release.
  • woakesd Level 1 Level 1

    Just discovered that if you have push notification for email enabled then wifi stays on in standby. Very handy if you don't want email checking using up the 3G allowance whilst in standby.

  • mhmediaonline Level 1 Level 1

    I'm going to investigate that. Mind you, it's quite cool to hear the "notification" chime when I walk up to my front door and the iPad connects to my WiFi network

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6

    You can turn off notifications in Settings for each app that you don't want them for. But if you want to receive any notifications at all then leave Wi-Fi on. When you iPad is sleeping it will make a sound to let you not that you received a notification. I leave mine on so I can be notified of iMessages and facetimetime calls.