How To Stop Public WiFi Connections/Notifications

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
July 10, 2017 at 08:27:21
Specs: Windows 7, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
Device and Settings

- Galaxy S6
- Android Version 7
- WiFi Advanced options:
--- WiFi Pop-Up: Off
--- Smart Network Switch: Off
--- WiFi Notifications: Off
--- Hotspot 2.0: Off
- Location...Improve Accuracy...WiFi Scanning: Off

Problem: My phone keeps connecting to "public" WiFi networks (TWC and Xfinity) and asking me to sign in. Until I tap on the Sign In notification and use the More drop-down and choose Disconnect From Network, the network performance on my phone grinds to a halt. The WiFi connection essentially overrides my 4G connection and my phone is useless from a data perspective until I manually disconnect from whatever network I am being asked to sign into.

This is happening with both TWC and Xfinity Wi-Fi networks, depending on where I am located at any given time. In my home area, TWC (Spectrum) is the main provider, so I keep being notified to sign in to a TWC network when I go into a store or park near a place where TWC WiFi is available. I spent this weekend in Massachusetts and Vermont, where Xfinity is prevalent and I kept getting notifications to log into an Xfinity WiFi network.

Verizon tech support has been unable to help. They agree that based on the Off settings listed above, my phone should not be connecting to Public WiFi networks and should not displaying the sign-in requests. Obviously there is something else going on. I have used the App Search feature to look for "TWC" and "Xfinity" and even "Wi" to see if there are installed apps (e.g. the TWC WiFi Finder app) that might be causing the issue, but nothing shows up.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can stop this almost constant annoyance?


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July 10, 2017 at 10:20:51
I'm probably missing the obvious but are you set to connect to Public WiFi networks like Verizon said?

Original post now changed so this response no longer applies.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 10, 2017 at 10:38:52
I think I see your confusion. My words related to Verizon could have been clearer.

Allow me to rephrase: Verizon agrees that with the settings I listed set to OFF, my phone should not be connecting to public networks and it should not be asking me sign in. Off should prevent public WiFi connections and associated notifications, yet it is not.

I have edited my OP to be clearer. I hope ;-)

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