Does Wifi Drain More Battery Than Wireless Networks?

Do you think wifi drain more battery than wireless networks? After the birth of the modern smartphone, Mobile geeks have argued about whether or not the internet consumes too much battery power than 3G or 4G/LTE. Some say that Wi-Fi is the only way to go. Others say that turning off Wi-Fi and connecting to the 3G or 4G wireless network works in an efficient manner. On contrary, both 3G/4G or Wi-Fi can be considered good or bad for battery life depending on the situation.

Some devices automatically turn off 3G and 4G when they are connected through Wi-Fi. After connecting to a Wi-Fi network, the device consumes quite less battery power. It’s true with 4G since the technology consumes a huge amount of power.

Why Wireless Network Drain More Battery Than Wifi

Wifi consume more power

Ask anybody, including the people working on a home using 3G/4G, and you’ll most likely get a response like, “It’s very powerful, so of course it uses more power.”  But that’s not the truth. It’s way more complicated than that, and none of the reasons given below have anything to do with 4G itself.

  • Recently, wireless providers like Verizon Wireless has setup or establish their 4G/LTE enabled devices to connect to both networks 3G and 4G together. It means that your mobile is working twice as hard to maintain a connection. So, therefore using double power to maintain a connection.
  • During calls or text messages, the 3G radio has to pause. This modifying radio states causes an extreme drainage of battery.
  • While traveling, your wireless device 3G continuously switch towers to keep you connected to the network. This is known as “handover”. It also drains your battery quicker than it would with a 4G/LTE only connection.

So we can’t only blame 4G for your mobile needing a charge four times a day. It’s the older way the network or devices are configured. Also, it’s configured that way for a reason none of us can understand.

Battery Draining Issue -> Save Battery Life

In case, if your device is not connected to a Wi-Fi network, it’s good to have Wi-Fi turned off and you utilize a data connection using your wireless network. Alternatively, your device will continuously look for a Wi-Fi connection and drain your battery in this process.

If your device out of range of Wi-Fi, 4G, or 3G, it’s good you put your mobile into Airplane Mode until you have coverage again. If you continuously searching your mobile for a signal then it’ll drain your battery power.

For saving battery power do the following:

  • You just need to stay connected to a Wi-Fi network for better results.
  • In case, if you are not connected through Wi-Fi, turn off it.
  • If you can’t connect to any network, turn on Airplane Mode.


That’s all about it! I hope you can now understand the issues regarding battery drainage. If you want to share anything else to safe our battery life then let us know below!

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