Using Internet services while on the go can quickly become expensive. If you happen to be at a café, a bookstore or a few other places that offer WiFi for free, you can take advantage of them to bring down your charges. However, finding such an hotspot can be equally difficult if you don’t know where to look. OpenSignal’s WiFiMapper is an app for iOS and Android devices that makes finding free WiFi hotspots a breeze.
WiFiMapper Helps You Find Free WiFi Hotspots with Additional Details
WiFiMapper is available for free on Google Play. Once you download and open the app, you will see a map of your current location with WiFi pins strewn across the map indicating all the free WiFi hotspots available on that map.
When you tap on a WiFi pin, you'll get a pop up showing additional information such as the venue name, whether the WiFi is free and if a password is required to access the connection.
You can swipe across the map to change your location and search for other hotspots or you can use the Search bar at the top of the app to narrow down your search by locality. Clicking the pop up menu will provide additional information about a particular hotspot.
For example, clicking the Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal menu takes you to a screen where you can see comments from Foursquare as well as the app. You can also join the conversation and help perfect the app with your inputs (indicate if WiFi and password is free or not) by signing in with your Google credentials.
Depending on the WiFi hotspot, you will also be able to view information about whether a connection has a time limit, if it requires registration, what are its connection speeds and so on.
Not only will you get a ton of information about the WiFi hotspots, you can also checkout some cool snapshots of the location by clicking the thumbnail image on the top of the map. WiFi Mapper also lets you connect to a free WiFi that's within range, right from inside the app.
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Let's take a look at its striking features:
- Helps you find free WiFi hotspots across every major world city
- Let's you connect to a free WiFi directly from the app
- Has a database covering over 650 million hotspots
- Can tell you the venue of the free WiFi hotspot as well as reliability of the connection and a ton of other details
- Displays a history of your WiFi connectivity as well as how well each one performed (Android only feature)
- Has a community driven database with over 10 million users contributing data
- You can contribute by joining the community with your Google credentials
WiFiMapper is a growing app and its usability depends to a large extent on user input. This means that there may be little or no information when it comes to certain cities and locations. The map of New York may throw up a dozen or more hotspots with lots of user interaction and comments, but the information will be sparse if you happen to look at a metro city in say India.
That said, the app is a totally handy tool to have on your Android. The app developers have also outlined what you can look forward to in future updates and that includes:
Features To Look Forward To In Future Updates
- Secure WiFi password sharing
- Other login options (email)
- Full offline maps for cities
- Leaderboards to brag about how many Wifi points you discovered
WiFiMapper is a totally cool app that helps you instantly find free WiFi hotspots anywhere around the world saving you high roaming costs especially when you travel. Check it out by clicking on the link below.