I have noticed one several occasions that my Windows phone wont be connected to wifi until I start using my phone. This is actually really annoying seeing as though there are constant updates and push notifications. Well there is little switch that you NEED to know about.
You need to enable ‘Keep WiFi on when screen times out’!
Why this feature is not on by default, but without it you will find that you are using up your phones data cap a whole lot quicker.
To turn this on:
- Go to Settings
- Then WiFi
- Tap the Advanced button
- Select the Keep WiFi on when screen times out option
Now your phone will remain connected to your wireless network when your phone is on standby.
I have also found that this option will reset after major (and other) software updates. So keep an eye on this after some system updates.
It really actually annoys me that this is a thing. With most people experiencing issues like “Bill Shock” and the first iteration of Windows Phone 7 having excessive data usage issues, you would think Microsoft would force the phones to use Wifi first and where available.