Facebook will now help you nearby public WiFi networks

By Shaoor Munir on
November 22, 2016
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According to a report by VentureBeat, Facebook is rolling out a new Public WiFi finder feature in their app. This feature will allow users to find nearby open WiFi to help conserve their precious mobile data in times of great need.

This news comes amidst the recent drive of Facebook in live videos feature, which consumes a great amount of data. It seems that this feature is intended to help users access features like those while making sure they do not burn through their monthly data plan. While talking to VentureBeat on this new feature, an unnamed Facebook spokesperson said:

“To help people stay connected to the friends and experiences they care about, we are rolling out a new feature that surfaces open Wi-Fi networks associated with nearby places.”

This feature was first spotted in wild by Next Web’s social media director, Matt Navarra, which suggests it is available for some users right now through the iOS app. To see access this feature, scroll through your menu options to find “Enable Find WiFi.” If it’s there, toggle the setting so it’s turned on, and the app will detect places nearby with an access point. It will not only show you the business offering free WiFi, but also how long it’ll take to get there and the network you can connect to. To make sure that you connect with the right network, Facebook will show you the exact name of the network.

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Availability

There is no official word available for its global availability. However, considering the apparent maturity of the feature, it won’t be far-fetched to expect it to roll out to all users in coming weeks. We will let you know when it is pushed to users in Pakistan.

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