Facebook announced on the 30th of June that it is rolling out Find Wi-Fi to iPhone and Android devices around the world. This feature lets people search for places that have free or public internet based on their location.
In order to use the feature, you need access to data. To view available wifi hotspots in your area, tap the “More” tab in the Facebook app and scroll down to “Find Wi-Fi.” (Facebook pulls public wifi information from businesses’ Pages — that means it will only show you a place has public WiFi if the business has shared that with Facebook.)
Find Wi-Fi requires you to enable Location History. When turned on, it regularly adds your location to the Activity Log on Facebook, even if you’re not in the app
Today we’re beginning to roll out Find Wi-Fi everywhere in the world on iPhone and Android. We launched Find Wi-Fi in a handful of countries last year and found it’s not only helpful for people who are traveling or on-the-go, but especially useful in areas where cellular data is scarce. Said Alex Himel (Engineering Director)
Since Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page, wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak. You can then browse the closest available hotspots on a map, and learn more about the businesses hosting them.
Besides being a handy addition that helps Facebook’s now 2 billion monthly users stay connected to the network and spend more time in its app – something that directly impacts Facebook’s bottom line – the tool also serves as another way to discover local businesses. That means users might start turning to Facebook to find the closest coffee shop with Wi-Fi, instead of Google Maps