It’s practical to have cellular data in your smartphones, it works well and good, letting you access the internet on the go. But in areas where the coverage is shaky, or if you’re travelling in a foreign country, WiFi seems to be a more sensible solution to your internet connectivity problems. And we have Facebook here, to help you find and connect to one.
Last year, Facebook began testing its “Find WiFi” feature on its app, which lets you locate nearby businesses that have free public WiFi. Find WiFi was launched in a few countries in 2016 and today Facebook announced it would be expanding the feature globally. At the time Facebook posted about the Find WiFi feature, it said that the feature was in testing and hence would only be available in select markets. But now it has released the tool globally and made it available to everyone.
According to Facebook, “Today we’re beginning to roll out Find Wi-Fi everywhere in the world on iPhone and Android. We launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year and found it’s not only helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce.”
“Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. So wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak.”
You will see the Find WiFi option under your More tab in the Facebook app. Once you’ve switched on the feature, the Facebook app will automatically detect places with free WiFi near your location and mark them on a map. It will even list the location’s business hours, its nature and WiFi name, so you know you’re not connecting to the wrong network.
The feature has been made available for both iOS and Android versions of the Facebook app, but wouldn’t exist on the mobile web version; so you’ll need to download and install the actual Facebook application to be able to use this feature update. So now do you feel connected to the world?