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New Facebook feature helps you find free Wi-Fi

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Mike Timmermann, Clark.com

The next time you’re searching for a free or public Wi-Fi connection, Facebook can help you find it!

Facebook just announced that it’s rolling out “Find Wi-Fi” worldwide on iPhone and Android devices after launching the feature in a handful of countries last year.

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How to find free Wi-Fi using the Facebook app

The name of the feature explains it all. Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hotspots that nearby businesses have shared with Facebook, which can come in handy when you’re traveling or have weak cellular data.

Public Wi-Fi is often found at places like coffee shops, restaurants, libraries and hotels — just to name a few.

To find Wi-Fi hotspots, follow these steps:

  • Open the Facebook app
  • Click on the “More” tab
  • Click “Find Wi-Fi” and turn on the setting if necessary

After you’ve activated the feature, you can see the closest available Wi-Fi hotspots on a map from businesses that have shared that information with Facebook.

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To use Find Wi-Fi, you must enable “Location History” in your Facebook settings.

Although public Wi-Fi is very convenient, it’s not as secure as your home network. Experts suggest that you avoid sharing personal banking or credit card information over these connections.

Read more: Is using public Wi-Fi a security risk?

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