Chances are that if you’re reading this, you have either used an Android device or heard about it from someone close to you. If you own one and enjoy it, it’s easy to think the new Wi-Fi driver for Android does everything independently. It doesn’t! The Wi-Fi driver for Android only does a small part of your Wi-Fi-related tasks; most of them are done by your phone itself and the Android OS.
So, what exactly is this new Wi-Fi driver, and how does it work? Keep reading to find out.
What is a Wi-Fi Driver for Android, and What Does it Do?
A Wi-Fi driver is a software that allows your Android device to connect to a wireless network. Without a driver, your device would not be able to connect to the internet. The driver manages the connection between your phone and the router and is responsible for sending and receiving data.
A good Wi-Fi driver will ensure your connection is stable and fast. It will also save battery life by disconnecting from the network when you are not using it.
Many different drivers are available, each with its own set of features. Some have better coverage than others or work with specific brands of routers. Your device’s chipset may determine which drivers work best for you. Be aware that not all manufacturers support Wi-Fi drivers for Android devices on their website or in the settings app, so be sure to check before purchasing anything.
How to Download the New Wi-Fi Driver for an Android Device
Downloading a Wi-Fi driver for an Android device is quite simple. First, you must find a reputable website offering your specific device drivers. Once you’ve found a site, download the driver onto your computer.
Next, link your Android device to your PC via USB cable. Once connected, open the downloaded driver file and follow the on-screen instructions. Finally, reboot your device, and you should be good to go!
Installing a Wi-Fi Driver on Your Android Device
The fundamental thing you need to do is ensure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Once done, open up the Settings app and tap on About phone. From there, tap on Software updates, then check for updates. If there’s an update available, tap on download and install.
Voila! You now possess the latest version of the Wi-Fi driver installed on your device. Now it’s time to explore all the different things you can do with this driver. First, we’ll explore how you can use it as a hotspot while out and about.
To do this, go back into Settings > Wireless & networks > More settings > Tethering & portable hotspot (make sure to read all the info provided). Once in tethering & portable hotspot mode, any devices connected will be able to access the internet from your connection. Tap Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot and enter any name for it (it will be labeled as whatever SSID name you chose) and toggle Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot before tapping Next.
Now select which type of security will be used before deciding which password you will use if needed. After entering the required information, press Done at the top right corner of your screen. You are now ready to share your internet connection using Wi-Fi.
Finally, let’s explore how you can use this driver at home or work. All that needs to be done is plugging in your Android device into a power source and connect it to a nearby router via ethernet cable or wirelessly via Wi-Fi.
What Devices Require this New Wi-Fi Driver for Android?
The new Wi-Fi driver is required for devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. This includes the Google Pixel 2, HTC U11, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and Xiaomi Mi 6. The driver is also required for future devices Qualcomm releases with the Snapdragon 835 chipset. What does this mean for you?
This means you may need a different modem on your phone to take advantage of your new phone’s Wi-Fi capabilities. But what about the future? We can’t know for sure how far-reaching this will be. However, we know it has been designed exclusively for smartphones using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
So, suppose you upgrade in the next few months or years (depending on when you purchase your device), it will be compatible without any updates necessary. If not, as more phones come out with this type of chip installed, they will need a firmware update before using it correctly.
Setting Up the New Wi-Fi for Your Android Device
Put Your Device into Developer Mode
You’ll need to access the Developers Options menu to put your device into Developer Mode. Open the Settings menu, select About Phone, and tap on the Build Number seven times. Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a message saying, “Developer mode has been turned on.”
Now that Developer Mode is enabled go back to the Settings menu and see a new option called Developer options. Tap on that, and then scroll down until you see the Wi-Fi driver setting. Tap on it, and then select Update driver.
If everything goes well, your device will now start using the new Wi-Fi driver. What’s next? The best step to take now is restarting your phone. After doing so, check if the Wi-Fi driver was successfully installed by opening up Settings and tapping Network & Internet > Mobile Data > Data Usage > Preferred network type.
If there’s no mention of Wi-Fi, you’re good. If there is, then try rebooting your phone again. Sometimes, the changes take time to show up in the Preferred network type menu (this can be because of different app usage).
Connect and Enjoy Your Wi-Fi-Enabled Device
The new Wi-Fi driver for Android makes it easy to connect and enjoy your Wi-Fi-enabled device. This driver is available for all devices running Android 4.0 or higher. With this driver, you can connect to any 802.11n or 802.11ac network. The new driver also supports 2×2 MIMO and beamforming.
This means that you can get better performance from your Wi-Fi connection. As long as your router supports these features, you can take advantage of them in the new driver. Your experience will be much faster with less lag time when downloading data. If you use a phone with this feature, you’ll find it easier to use streaming services like Netflix and Hulu without interruptions.
The download speed is at least four times faster than with an older version of the driver, and what’s more? All three versions of the driver are free! So, there’s no reason not to upgrade your software today. You’ll have a smoother and faster experience surfing online on your device, whether working, gaming, or just browsing through social media.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, S9+, Note 9, or Tab S4 tablet, there’s even more good news. The new driver is optimized for those devices, so they should have an even smoother ride than before. Now isn’t that great?
The new Wi-Fi driver for Android is an excellent addition to the operating system. It allows you to connect to Wi-Fi networks more efficiently and with more options. It’s free and easy to install. This is the way to go if you’re looking for a way to improve your Wi-Fi experience on your Android device. With so many wireless devices in use these days, some of them can really bog down a network. With this update, you’ll be able to have that balance back between phone calls and surfing the web without delays or drops.