Change captive portal URL?

Sprite_tmSprite_tm Level 1
edited March 29 in ZenFone 8

Android checks a certain well-known URL when it connects to a WiFi access point to see if that WiFi has Internet connectivity or is behind a captive portal. In 'vanilla' Android, the URL used is , but you can change it by setting e.g. captive_portal_https_url. Asus, however, sets that setting to and if I change it, it will overwrite it as soon as WiFi is turned off or on.

Due to network reasons, that URL does not work for me and I need to replace it with my own. Currently, it seems impossible to do that using 'standard' Android ways. Dear Asus, can you tell me if there's an alternate way I can change it, or can I (or you, in a software update) change this behaviour so it's user-modifiable?


  • Okay, it seems to be a China-only thing: if the phone (somehow) detects it's in mainland China, it overwrites whatever the captive portal settings are with what's in the android resource default_captive_portal_http[s]_url_cn, which is hardcoded to that server. The issue seems to be that 1. that server does not return a 204 like it's supposed to, and 2. the situation is probably not something many people run into as the Zenfone 8 is not released in CN.

    I've worked around it for now by building a Magisk module that overlays the resource with my own server. It would still be nice if Asus either fixed the url to actually generate a 204, or make it so the default behaviour of overriding the settings can be turned off.

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