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Modify the URL which Android uses for checking Internet connectivity
I am currently in a hostile environment which blocks my connection to Google. From Lollipop onward 1), Android checks the Internet connectivity of your current Wifi connection by making a HTTP request. Due to the fact that I cannot connect to Google, my Nexus 5 keeps thinking that my Wifi connection is not working, and it keeps trying to use the EDGE network. This costs me money.

In order to solve that problem, you need to have control over a server which has Apache.

  1. Add this to your website's configuration file:
        <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
          RewriteEngine On
          RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} /generate_204$
          RewriteRule $ / [R=204]
  1. Enable the rewrite plugin, and restart Apache.
  2. Enable the USB debugging on your Android phone, run the following in the shell on your computer:
adb shell "settings put global captive_portal_server"
adb shell "settings put global captive_portal_https_url";
adb shell "settings put global captive_portal_http_url";

1) Citation needed
public/modify_the_url_which_android_uses_for_checking_internet_connectivity.txt · Last modified: 2018/03/31 00:38 by