- The feature was initially rolled out in a handful of countries
- Users can locate nearby Wi-Fi hotspots that business have shared
- Businesses will need to link the Wi-Fi to their Facebook page
The social networking giant had begun testing a Find Wi-Fi option last year on mobile only for iOS users in select countries.
“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,” Alex Himel, Engineering Director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post late Friday.
“Find Wi-Fi helps you locate available Wi-Fi hot spots nearby that businesses have shared with Facebook from their Page. So wherever you are, you can easily map the closest connections when your data connection is weak,” the post added.
To find Wi-Fi hotspots, open your Facebook app, click on the More tab and then Find Wi-Fi.
Once in the Find Wi-Fi tab, you may need to turn Wi-Fi on, if it isn’t on already.
Users can then browse the closest available hotspots on a map, and learn more about the businesses hosting them.
Businesses need to ‘claim’ their Wi-Fi network and associate it with their Facebook page for the Wi-Fi network to become available to users via the Find Wi-Fi feature.