user640853 user640853 - 3 months ago 35
Android Question

Connect to WiFi Which Doesn't Have Internet

I'm trying to connect to a WiFi hotspot (open network) which doesn't have Internet access when the app starts.

However, there's another saved Wifi which has Internet. When I turn on Wifi, it always connects automatically to the one with Internet access.

I have been trying to fix this issue for like a week now! But nothing is working. In fact, my code disconnects from the network with internet but doesn't connect to the network I want. It doesn't make sense.

On the WiFi settings activity, it says "No Internet detected. Won't reconnect automatically."

private boolean tryConnect(WifiManager wifiManager, List<ScanResult> scanResults) {
for (ScanResult scanResult : scanResults) {
Log.d(TAG, "SCAN-RESULT: " + scanResult);
if (scanResult.SSID.toLowerCase().contains(MainActivity.ARDRONE2_HOTSPOT_NAME) && WifiUtilities.getScanResultSecurity(scanResult) == WifiUtilities.NetworkSecurity.OPEN) {
Log.d(TAG, "Trying Connecting to ARDrone2");
WifiConfiguration wifiConfiguration = new WifiConfiguration();
wifiConfiguration.SSID = String.format("\"%s\"", scanResult.SSID);
wifiConfiguration.priority = Integer.MAX_VALUE - 1;
List<WifiConfiguration> wifiConfigList = wifiManager.getConfiguredNetworks();
int networkId = -1;
for (WifiConfiguration wifiConfig : wifiConfigList) {
if (wifiConfig != null) {
if (wifiConfig.SSID.equals("\"" + scanResult.SSID + "\"")) {
networkId = wifiConfig.networkId;
} else {
if (networkId == -1) {
networkId = wifiManager.addNetwork(wifiConfiguration);
} else {
networkId = wifiManager.updateNetwork(wifiConfiguration);;
wifiManager.enableNetwork(networkId, true);
return true;
return false;

The debug log: "Trying Connecting to ARDrone2" appears and yet it doesn not connect!!!

A similar question has been asked here Android, automatically connecting to wifi networks that have no internet access but no comments or answers were provided.


It seems like the problem was with my own phone. I have CM13.0 and apparently they don't allow connecting to networks that don't have Internet access. Even manual connecting to a network without Internet is a lot of trouble.

I tried it on other phones with non-custom ROMs and they all worked as expected according to the code above:

  1. Disable all saved networks (this could be improved)
  2. Disconnect from currently connected network
  3. Connect to the ARDrone2