What are the best open WiFi finders?

asked by Micheal Bussell
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    #1WiFi Map

    WiFi Map

    WiFi Map is the largest WiFi community in the World, with hotspots, passwords and comments from Wifi Map users. It will let you access Internet for free with millions of worldwide WiFi hotspots, passwords, tips and more. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christina Brooks
    Written on April 24, 2017
    "Wifi Map, does what it's supposed to. It's as simple as that. I haven't had any issues and so far out of the ten Wifi apps on my phone this one is the only one that doesn't give me a bunch of issues. Easily one of the best I've found so far."
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    #2OpenSignal

    OpenSignal

    OpenSignal is a signal toolkit that shows you how to get a better network connection, find nearby free Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, view signal maps, test the speed of your mobile or WiFi connection, and more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Aaradhya Jindal
    Written on August 12, 2017
    "I've tried a slew of Wifi Finders. So far OpenSignal works pretty good. It doesn't crash like a lot of the other apps that I've used. I'm hoping for some updates soon to polish it a bit but otherwise, I'd say it's useful."
  3. 50

    #3WiFiMapper

    WiFiMapper

    WifiMapper helps you find free WiFi all over the world based on over 500 million hotspots. This app will help you save on roaming when you travel by helping you find free WiFi hotspots in every major city in the world.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Summer Cui
    Written on January 14, 2017
    "I installed WiFiMapper with high hopes. At first, it worked great. I was really impressed. It has a great database with lots of spots available. However, it has no way to save a list for viewing offline. I don't get this. I have to be connected to wifi, to find wifi. There is a flaw in this system! I'm keeping it installed and hoping a new update will fix this issue."

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Open Wi-Fi connections are unsecured Wi-Fi networks. That is, they are Wi-Fi connections that are not password-protected. In contrast, secured Wi-Fi networks require users to input a password that conforms to a security protocol. When a user is connected to an open Wi-Fi network, they are exposing their device and their browsing traffic to anyone else who may be using the network. In a secured network with protected access, encryption protocols are in effect to provide additional security.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the term ‘Wi-Fi’ was coined as a play on hi-fi, or high fidelity? It was not meant to be an abbreviated version of wireless fidelity. The Wi-Fi Alliance, owner of the Wi-Fi trademark, chose the name Wi-Fi to refer to wireless networks. It was coined to replace the official name “IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum.”

Since the invention of the progenitor of the 802.11 protocol in 1991 and its subsequent commercial release in 1997, Wi-Fi has become the dominant method of accessing the internet. The proliferation of Wi-Fi networks has greatly attributed to the continuous increase of Internet users. At present, more than 4 billion of the world’s population are Internet users, which translates to a 54.4% penetration rate. 

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    #4TWC WiFi Finder

    TWC WiFi Finder

    TWC WiFi Finder is a free WiFi finder app that makes it easy to locate and connect to the nationwide TWC WiFi network so you can get fast, reliable Internet on-the-go with a network of over 500,000 hotspots nationwide in places you shop, dine and travel. Access is free for qualified Internet customers. A free trial and access pass are also available for non-customers.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Christine Cole
    Written on July 14, 2017
    "TWC Wifi Finder isn't terrible. It does what it's supposed to but man, it kills my battery quick. I also noticed that it has a hard time swapping between home/work networks if you have connected to other wifi. Hopefully there are fixes coming because all in all, it does what it's supposed to do."
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    #5WiFi Finder

    WiFi Finder

    WiFi Finder is an app for finding free or paid public WiFi hotspots online or offline. It allows you to scan for WiFi hotspots around you, search for public WiFi anywhere in the world, view WiFi hotspot details, call location, get directions or share the hotspot, and filter results by location (cafe, hotel, etc.) or provider type.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Willie Barrett
    Written on April 23, 2017
    "This app gives me the ability to scan for available WiFi near me by showing you wifi locations nearby on a map. The reviews for this app seam low but I am not sure why because i have used it and it works fine for me. You can even filter by the type of location with free WiFi. If your about to go get a bite to eat and want the benefit of WiFi this would help you do that"
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    #6Avast Wi-Fi Finder

    Avast Wi-Fi Finder

    Avast Wi-Fi Finder is an app that lets you find fast, secure WiFi wherever you go. And for free. You’ll be able to connect for free to public WiFi everywhere you go, and know that it will be a fast, reliable, and secure WiFi connection.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Scott Johnson
    Written on February 20, 2017
    "This tool helps me find trusted and safe WiFi connections near me. It also helps me stay safe while i am using the connection from hackers identity theft. You can also view a network and make sure only your device is connected to it. A tool like this could make you feel more safe about connecting with sensitive data to a public network."
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    #7WiFi Finder

    WiFi Finder

    WiFi Finder is a free app that will be useful when you travel and more. It lets you find hotspots and passwords for free internet access around the world, with more than 2 million hotspots across each continent, country and city. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Aaron Bishop
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "WiFi Finder is a good app for those who travel and need to find open WiFi broadcast points, though it does not always work flawlessly. Occasionally, it will detect a fair amount of closed channels that cannot be accessed. If it can only find a handful of routers in an area, and none appear to be from recognizable businesses, you might not be able to get on any of them. Nevertheless, I'd recommend it for travelers who visit fairly dense urban areas."
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    #8Sky WiFi Finder

    Sky WiFi Finder

    Sky WiFi Finder is an app that lets you get fast, reliable and easy to use WiFi in thousands of UK locations with Sky WiFi — connecting you to The Cloud. You can browse local Wi-Fi hotspots, and even see which hotspot venues have Sky Sports as well as great Wi-Fi.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kyle Lane
    Written on July 21, 2017
    "If you are like me and need to be connected with the world, then you know how important having a fast and reliable internet connection is. If you currently reside in the UK and like having fast internet everywhere you go then "Sky WiFi Finder" is a must download. I was visiting the UK the other month and instead of paying for an international plan with my phone carrier I decided to take my chances with this app and it worked exactly as advertised. "
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    #9Café WiFi

    Café WiFi

    Working from home sounds very good, but having your workplace at your rest place can become really exhausting. With this app, you will be able to discover the best cafés, airport lounges, hotels, and much more, for focusing on your work. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free

    Caroline
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "I travel a lot and this website is very useful because it allows me to find cool places everywhere to have a coffee and while I read my emails. When you choose a Café, there's a handy functionality that let you see its review on Foursquare."

Summary

Best What are the best open WiFi finders
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1WiFi MapApps 160 Free
2OpenSignalApps 78 Free
3WiFiMapperApps 50 Free
4TWC WiFi FinderApps 33 Free
5WiFi FinderApps 33 Free
6Avast Wi-Fi FinderApps 32 Free
7WiFi FinderApps 30 Free
8Sky WiFi FinderApps 24 Free
9Café WiFiApps 10 Free
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