It’s funny how things work sometimes, when you’re desperate for WiFi at the airport or on the go trying to send an important email…
You’re hit with these four dreaded words…
No Internet Connection Available.
So how do I find free WiFi near me?
Losing connectivity when you’re away from home is tough, so we’ve compiled a list of the best free WiFi apps and most creative ways to find free WiFi near you:
1. Free WiFi Apps
There are a plethora of free WiFi apps on the market, some simply scan for WiFi hotspots while others act as databases for hotspot passwords and details. Here are our top 3 free WiFi apps:
WiFi Map (Available on iOS and Android)
WiFi Map boasts over 5 million accessible WiFi hotspot locations with passwords and comments. Available worldwide, the simple to use interface makes it easy to browse and search the map or list view to find free WiFi near you.
WiFi Master Key (Available on Android)
WiFi Master Key lets you search for free WiFi hotspots near you.The blue keys indicate shared WiFi hotspots, you can simply tap on them to connect! Easy peasy!
Instabridge (Available on iOS and Android)
Instabridge is crowdsourced free WiFi database that has over 3 million up to date hotspots and passwords. If you’re travelling to a different city, you can search for and download hotspots ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about being disconnected. The app can also automatically connect you to known, reputable networks.
2. Take advantage of local amenities like cafes and restaurants
Local amenities like Starbucks, McDonalds, Apple stores, Westfield shopping centres, hotels, airports and public libraries generally have free WiFi. However, many of these establishments have restrictions on how long you can use their free WiFi for. If you need to use it for longer you can try MAC spoofing to extend your time.
3. Walk around
Don’t walk around with your head in the clouds when you’re desperate for WiFi, walk around with your smartphone, tablet or laptop instead.
Search for free WiFi hotspots as you walk around, it might just be your lucky day!
4. Tether your phone
If you desperately need WiFi on your laptop or tablet, you can use your smartphone as a hotspot and tether your data to your device. Most smartphones (iPhones, Android, Windows) support tethering but keep in mind what your data inclusions are and whether there are restrictions or additional fees for tethering in your country.
5. Ask someone
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sometimes the best way out of a WiFi-less wasteland is to simply ask someone around you. Maybe they know a free WiFi hotspot nearby or they’re generous enough to let you tether their phone data for 5 minutes, you’ll never know unless you ask.
Make sure you have a smile on your face and open body language, they’re more likely to say yes!
Is free WiFi safe?
Keep in mind that free WiFi hotspots aren’t always safe. They are generally public WiFi hotspots that operate on shared networks, putting your personal information at risk of being accessed or seen. If you really have to use a free WiFi hotspot, make sure you take the following precautions to protect your personal information:
- If possible, always use ‘https’ secure websites
- Don’t enter any sensitive information like bank or credit card details
- Use a VPN (virtual private network) to mask your IP address and location
- Always have up-to-date security software installed
- Remember to ‘Forget Network’ after you’ve finished to avoid automatic logins to that hotspot in the future
- Change your passwords after you’re done
- Enable two-factor authentication to add another layer of protection e.g. entering in a phone number or answering a security question
We hope this post has helped you find free WiFi near you and hopefully it’s helped you out of a pickle! From work to communication to home security, WiFi connectivity has become such an integral part of the way we go about our day to day. If you’re planning to go away, make sure you’ve downloaded the free WiFi apps above so you can always stay connected, even if you’re offline.
Did we miss a way to find free WiFi near you? Please leave it in the comments below