Wi-fi is activated automatically on all android devices that have VS installed



  • Hello there, i just noticed this 'weird' feature (if it can be called like that). I have VS installed on both my Nexus 7 2013 tablet and my S5 mini smartphone. I noticed today, that if i use my tablet to cast something using VS, the app automatically turns my S5 mini wi-fi connection on and starts the app without notifying me if i want to.

    That shouldn't happen, because there's no point on having the VS app running on both devices if i'm just using one of them to control it. I normally use my phone for chat, facebook, etc. And i installed the app just in case i'm somewhere where i don't have access to my tablet, so i can use my phone instead.

    Devs, please, you really should remove this 'feature' because it is useless. If i start casting from my tablet, only my tablet should have VS running, not all my devices. It unnecesarily consumes resources on all devices for no reason, instead of consuming resourses on one device (the one being used).

    That's all. Thanks!



  • Just a note to state that I observe this same behavior in my setup as well. The videos are stored on a Windows 7 (64-bit) PC. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android 5.0. The tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 running Android 4.4.4.

    For me I'm not too worried about the extra "resources" on the other device. I'm more interested in the security issues. If the app wasn't already running on that other device, how is it that VideoStream was able to launch it?



  • That is also a very good point. I hadn't thought about that before. I would dare say "push notifications" but that would also mean that videostream is a potential security issue for our devices... videostream shouldn't have the ability to turn our devices' wi-fi connection on unless it was actually activated by the user.


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