If you have limited data allowance, you are probably permanently on the lookout for free Wi-Fi hotspots. However, it isn’t always obvious which public locations have free Wi-Fi so this search can be a frustrating one. WifiMapper is an open-source app that lists all the Wi-Fi hotspots in the local area. Users upload hotspots that they have found and tell other users if the Wi-Fi is free, password-protected or private. As more users find the same hotspot, they can then confirm the initial data and a location can steadily build up a reputation as the number of people endorsing it increase and leave comments about the place.
Download WifiMapper from the Google Play store. After opening up the app, tap the person in the circle in the top right-hand corner. Either add your email address or sign in with Google+. Doing this will save your history for future reference.
The homepage should quickly fill with lots of green lollipops to indicate places in the area that have registered Wi-Fi zones. If you can’t see any, zoom out until they come into view. Tapping on a lollipop will reveal the name of the location.
Tapping on an entry will expand the bottom half of the screen and provide more information, such as the type of establishment and how many people have seen and verified it. If you have visited it, tap Yes or No to agree or disagree that it’s free.
You can add comments about the establishment itself, such as food and service quality. Tap the vacant text box at the bottom of the screen to add your own comment. It may be worth mentioning the quality of the Wi-Fi signal.
When in the homescreen, tap the menu button in the top right-hand corner. This will bring up the option to view your history. Tapping on My History will reveal all the places you’ve accessed via the app. You can order these in different ways.
Once you have located a Wi-Fi hotspot and connected to it, you’ll be able to see it on the app – now shown by a white tick inside a blue tab. Tap the arrow on the right of the screen to see more information or to disconnect from the hotspot.