Last week, Facebook announced it was rolling out a feature globally, that will enable its users to find nearby free Wi-Fi hotspots.
For you to do this, you must ensure you’re running the latest version of Facebook on either Android or iOS (as of now, that’s version 188.8.131.52.69 for Android or version 99.0 on iOS). So, would you like to locate the nearest hotspots around you while traveling or taking a stroll, just follow these simple steps and you are connected!
Open the Facebook app and tap the hamburger button (three horizontal lines) found in the upper right in the Android app and bottom right on iOS. Scroll down and tap Find Wi-Fi.
If you don’t immediately see Find Wi-Fi, you may have to do some digging. On iOS, it was listed under Explore and readily available. On Android, it’s under the Apps section.
The first time you use the Find Wi-Fi feature, you will have to activate it by tapping Enable Find Wi-Fi. Once you do, you will be taken to a map video of your current location. Wi-Fi hotspots around you are denoted with red circles with a white center. Tap on any of the circles to preview where the hotspot is located. You can tap Visit Page to view more about the location or navigate there by tapping Directions.
Go to view hotspots in other areas or pinch to zoom in or out. If you move the map outside your current area, you will have to tap the Search this area button at the top. If you’d rather view a list of the hotspot locations, tap List in the top right corner of the app.
Sorry to say, you can’t access this map view with free Wi-Fi hotspots from your computer. This also means you can’t use the mobile site to find Wi-Fi hotspots and will have to use the dedicated mobile apps on Android and iOS.