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Now you can use Facebook to find nearest public Wi-Fi

12 Jul 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Facebook can now locate public Wi-Fi for you!

You can now use Facebook to locate the nearest public Wi-Fi. The feature is being rolled out globally for Android and iPhone apps.

However, only places which have shared their details with Facebook will be shown.

The feature was launched on a trial basis in a few countries last year. Facebook said it was found "especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce".

In context: Facebook can now locate public Wi-Fi for you!

12 Jul 2017Now you can use Facebook to find nearest public Wi-Fi

Here's how you can activate the feature

To use the feature, head to the Facebook app and click on the "More" tab. Scroll down to "Find Wi-Fi". You will have to keep Location History enabled; Facebook will use it to add to your Activity Log even when you aren't using the app.
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Since you will be using public Wi-Fi, follow some steps to keep your data safe. Firstly, verify the network name with the staff.

Turn off file sharing. Go to Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center> Change Advanced Sharing Settings.

Turn on Windows Firewall. You can find the settings in Control Panel> Windows Firewall.

Use a virtual private network to encrypt data being transferred.