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How to change how Wifi networks are sorted on the LG G3

A few taps in the settings can make it much easier to see available Wifi networks

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With Wifi being all around us, it can sometimes be tough to sort through the dozens of available networks out there in order to find the right one. Some people resort to odd names for their networks, or just go ahead and add them manually. Thankfully on at least a few different phones you have the option in your settings to choose how to sort available networks when you're scanning through them.

It's a quick toggle to hit, but it can make switching between networks all that much easier if you're in an area dense with networks. Let us show you how to do it.

Why you would want to change the order of your Wifi networks

So you might ask why would you really care about sorting the order of the Wifi networks that appear on your phone. First, when you look at the list of available networks, you will see all the networks that are currently broadcasting their SSID (Service Set IDentifier - the name given to the wireless network) and you will see the signal strength of the wireless connection at your current location. Below this you will see networks that you have previously connected to.

What sorting options are available

The first option available to help you sort your Wifi networks in is by signal strength. With this selected, you will now see the list of available networks in your area with the best signal quality at the top of the list and the worst signal quality right above the list of networks that you have previously connected to.

The second way to sort your networks is by listing them alphabetically. While seeing the list of Wifi networks organized by their names will not help you find the best connection, it will help you find a specific network in a location that might be flooded by other available connections.

In either sorting method you will notice that your old Wifi connections will not be affected at all and will always be sorted in alphabetical order. Keeping old network connections on your phone can be useful if you plan to revisit the locations that house these Wifi networks, but that's the topic of another how-to altogether.

How to change how Wifi networks are sorted

In the screenshots below, I have used an LG G3 to help walk you through the process. The process is also nearly identical on the Galaxy S5, for what it's worth, aside from slight changes in the naming of buttons in some cases. Many phones — such as those running a stock version of Android — don't actually have this feature by default, unfortunately.

WiFi Settings

1) Navigate to Settings on your phone and select WiFi to view the available wireless connections. With Wifi turned on, you will see a list of the networks that are in your area.

WiFi-Advanced_Settings

2) Select the Overflow button in the top right corner and you will be greeted with a drop down menu of different Wifi options that allows you to do more advanced networking.

3) Select the Advanced button in the overflow menu ("Advanced Wi-Fi" on the LG G3) and you will taken to another menu that contains the "advanced" Wifi features.

Advanced Wifi Menu

4) Find the Sort by button ("Sort list by" button on the LG G3 under the Useful Settings submenu) and you will have a pop-up appear in the middle of your screen.

5) In the pop-up you will have the option to sort your available Wifi networks by Signal strength or by Alphabetical order. Now when you navigate back to your list of networks, you will see the change that was made with whichever sorting method you selected.

The ability to change the way different lists are organized is just one of the many beauties of Android. While the process of changing the way Wifi networks are displayed seems like a very simple and not needed ability, for some just being able to customize every little detail on their phones makes the difference between buying an Android phone or another phone on another platform. Additionally, just being able to easily find the best quality network or finding a specifically named network can make all the difference in the difficulty of connecting your phone to the internet.

34 Comments
  • I do not think this works on the HTC m7. Posted via Android Central App
  • Indeed, this should have been marked as an "LG G3" post, and got mixed up. We regret the error. Thankfully, all of the information above is indeed applicable to the LG G3 (and the GS5, for what it's worth).
  • Not on the HTC One m8 either.
  • Don't think the sorting option is available on my Nexus 4 either. Are you sure this is available on all Android devices or something specific to the software on that G3? If it's not on a Nexus, I can't imagine it's available as standard on most devices. Maybe I'm wrong... Posted via mostly ghost taps on OG N7, in the Android Central App, therefore posts may not be my own.
  • Not on Nexus 5 either. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yep, I don't think this is a stock Android option. Posted via Android Central App on a N5
  • Lol.. Nexus 5. You want options? Very sol Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Just keep trolling..
  • Not on the Moto X, which is pretty much stock Android. I don't think this is an Android feature.
  • Not available here on moto g running KitKat 4.4.4, don't think this is an android feature as such, more like a g3 feature. Posted via Android Central App
  • No go on my Nexus 5.
  • Looks like that's Android L because that option isn't on any of the Android phones I have.
  • Specific to LG G3.. how did this article make it through? "your Android"?
  • Pretty sure this is an LG feature only.
  • Not LG only... I have it on my GS4.
  • same here
  • Sorting option is not available on 4.4.4 on the Nexus 5.
  • It looks like ACU didn't do their homework for this article.
  • I have this option on my GS4.
    When I was looking at my list of networks, I had to click on the Menu button in the lower left hand corner and click advanced. The choice was n there.
  • Next up on AC...how to enable TouchWiz......on ANY Android device! Posted via mostly ghost taps on OG N7, in the Android Central App, therefore posts may not be my own.
  • lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Jajaja!
  • Lmaoooo that's hilarious Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow. This has to be the worst and most uninformed article I have ever seen on here. EVER lol
  • It is not that bad. He screwed up the title. It happens Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Ehm, this is LG and Samsung only :/ Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not on Nexus 7 (2013) either
  • Confirmed that it works on the LG G2 as well.
  • Thanks for the tip, not sorting by signal strength has always bugged me on my Note 3!
  • Isn't this option part of the standard settings on kitkat, at least that is how my S4 mini is configuren.
  • Works on GS5.
  • My G2 has this option as well. Sweet! :) Posted via Android Central App using LG G2
  • wait wait wait wait: "on the LG G3" was that added to the title and I didn't know? I was wondering what the hell are they talking about sorting?
  • People really need help with this? If it is not listed in your device, then your WiFi signals are sorted by strength usually.