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Keep Alive app for Windows Phone offers a new way to keep your Wi-Fi connected

We’ve covered the whole how-to-keep-your-Wi-Fi-alive issue before on Windows Phone Central. It was first realized that some apps keep the data-connection channel open which then allows your Wi-Fi to stay on when the phone is placed in standby (screen off).

Then a bloke over at XDA Forums created an app to mimic that scenario and it worked quite well except for the fact that it appeared to play a dummy song in your music controls.

Jaxbot from Windows Phone Hacker has now thrown his hat in the ring with Keep Alive. It too is a homebrew app that does not require root, meaning regular ‘dev unlocked’ phones can use it but it uses a slightly different method. Instead of pretending to stream a dummy song, Jaxbot evidently has set up his own server which then keeps your phone connected—data is kept at a minimum as it is just using pings to keep the connection open.

We loaded it up on our Lumia 900 and it seems to work, assuming the server is up and running. That’s perhaps the one drawback with this method as it depends on an external server. The upside is you don’t have a dummy song playing so your player controls don’t pop-up.

We should note that before you run it, makes sure you’re connected to your Wi-Fi first. Our 900 ended up shutting off and going into a weird power-off state on the initial run but that seems to have subsided now with it working intermittently.

It’s a nice little experiment and worth noting if you’re into keeping your Wi-Fi on. We use it for our non-SIM phones and do like the functionality. Even for our SIM’d phones, it’s a good method to make sure the phone is being forced to use Wi-Fi over your 3G/4G data which has been an issue on some devices before.

Head to Windows Phone Hacker for more info and the XAP to sideload.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • Too bad you have to dev unlock your phone. I'll stick with my old method of using iHeartRadio.
  • What were you expecting? They can't just publish an app to the marketplace.
  • Why not? Ask yourself that
  • Would fail certification
  • Why. Does not seem to be a problem for iHeart Radio. Use the same code, but just remove everything that has to do with playing music. Sounds simple enough.
  • As far as forcing the phone not to use data, u can just toggle off data connection in the cellular settings.
  • Last one I tried didnt work so well. I will try this one out.
    Edit: Version 1.1 works.
  • A little sad we have to resort to this as we await more robust settings in windows phone 8
  • My WiFi stays alive on my HD7
  • :-P
  • Awesome way to keep the WiFi alive is just to put the phone to charge while at home/ office...but the only time this trick won't work is when we're outside like in a mall or at the airport..or other places...but rest of the time...i prefer this solution as it is the easiest...
  • But sometimes you wont hear a notification if you are the kitchen for example.
  • Oops...I didn't think of that..
  • Keeping music + videos open works for me
  • Tried it on my Samsung Focus and it didn't work.
  • I don't know but wouldn't it be easier to let the phone think that it is plugged into the wall? No server or dummy audio source required.
  • That's actually a pretty good idea. I wonder if it can be done.
  • Almost certainly not, well, not with the SDK as provided, an app on an interop unlocked device and native access I'm sure could manage it
  • So what's the actual problem here? I keep seeing references to a wi-fi issue with it not staying connected... But why is that needed?
  • Because the wifi connection dies and you have no connection to a service that requires a connection. Then you have to reopen either the wifi or the app tho establish a connection again. Also you don't want the phone to use the data connection if it could have used wifi
  • Not working on my titan ii
  • So... Why do we want to keep WiFi alive again?
  • It is kinda impressive actually. They did a good job. Keep it up. - Thaddeus Heffner
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