Back in August, we reported that Google would be rolling out a feature that’s been exclusive to Project Fi customers for quite some time now. However, that all ends today as the company has begun enabling Wi-Fi Assistant on Nexus phones all over the world via a dedicated app. This new utility is free to use and can be explained below (via a snippet from our previous report).
Wi-Fi Assistant works like this: to save you data on your monthly cellular plan, Google will automatically jump to the most stable and accessible free Wi-Fi hotspots around the world and let you know that it made the switch. This way, if you decide to browse Facebook or listen to some music you haven’t downloaded yet and forget to manually get on a Wi-Fi network, you’ll be good and your data usage won’t go up. Plus, the company has integrated a built-in VPN to keep your private information private on public Wi-Fi connections. I mean, you don’t want the sketchy guy sitting next to you at Starbucks getting your bank information, right?
If you’re running Android Lollipop5.1 or higher on your Nexus phone, you can update the Google Connectivity Services application via the Play Store. This will enable Wi-Fi Assistant on your device and allow it to be accessed by going to Settings > Google > Networking. You can then switch on or off the feature as you please.
In order for Wi-Fi Assistant to work properly, free Wi-Fi hotspots must be near by that don’t require you to type in a password or register to login. This means that someone’s Wi-Fi at their house likely won’t work, while somewhere like Starbucks won’t be able to benefit from Wi-Fi Assistant either. However, there’s obviously lots of totally free Wi-Fi spots across the globe, so I’m pretty sure you’ll find this feature successful if you give it a try on your Nexus.
Will you be turning on Wi-Fi Assistant on your Nexus? Let us know your plans in the comments!
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