Avast Wi-Fi Finder for Android: FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Wi-Fi Finder is a free application that provides you with access to a database of public Wi-Fi networks. From the app, you can view information about the quality and security of a Wi-Fi network before you connect. You can also download packs of Wi-Fi networks for a variety of countries so that you can access them even when you are not connected to the internet.
This article answers questions related to the features, settings and general use of Avast Wi-Fi Finder for Android.
Features and Settings
Download and Installation
How can I find available Wi-Fi Networks using Wi-Fi Finder?
On the Wi-Fi tab, you can see two categories of Wi-Fi networks:
- In range: close enough to connect to from your current location.
- In walking distance: close enough to walk to.
Tap one of the categories to see a list of associated Wi-Fi networks, then tap the name of a Wi-Fi network for more information about the connection. You can connect to the network if it is within range or access map-assisted directions if it is within walking distance.
Alternatively, tap the Smart Connect button at the top of the main screen of the Wi-Fi tab to connect directly to the fastest and most secure available Wi-Fi network. You can also check for Wi-Fi networks on the Map tab of the app.
How does the Map feature work?
The Map tab of the app displays a map of Wi-Fi networks so that you can see the location and proximity of a Wi-Fi connection in relation to your current location. You can also use the search box to find shared Wi-Fi networks anywhere in the world.
Tap a Wi-Fi network on the map to see the status of that network. Tap Navigate to open directions to the network in Google Maps. Tap Details to see more information about the connection including its security, speed, and estimated walking distance.
What do each of the Wi-Fi network statuses mean?
Wi-Fi Finder displays the status of each Wi-Fi network. The possible statuses are:
- Saved on device: you can connect without knowing the password even if a password is required.
- Password protected: you need a password to connect but the password is not known by Wi-Fi Finder.
- Open network: you do not need a password to connect.
- Shared Wi-Fi: you need a password but the password has been shared with Wi-Fi Finder so that you can connect.
- Login required: you need to fulfill additional authentication in your browser to connect.
- Wi-Fi shared by me: you shared the password with Wi-Fi Finder so that other users can connect to the network.
Where does the Security and Speed information come from?
Wi-Fi Finder can check the security and speed of Wi-Fi networks that you connect to. After the security and speed have been tested, the results are visible to all Wi-Fi Finder users. If these ratings are not already available for a Wi-Fi network that you connect to, we recommend you Check the Security and Speed so that you and other users can access this information.
How can I check the Security and Speed of a Wi-Fi network?
If a Wi-Fi network does not already have a security or speed rating, Wi-Fi Finder can test it after you connect. On the Wi-Fi tab, the network you are connected to appears at the top of the page. Tap Speed Test to test the speed. To test the security, tap More, then tap Check security. Wi-Fi Finder verifies the following information:
- Download (how fast you can pull data from the server)
- Ping (how responsive the connection is)
- Upload (how fast you can send data to others)
- Vulnerability to attacks (including whether the Wi-Fi network has already been hacked)
- Wi-Fi protection and password strength
- Router protection and password strength
What is the 'Find connected devices' option?
When you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you can confirm how many other devices are connected to the same network.
Tap More then select Find connected devices. Wi-Fi Finder scans the Wi-Fi network router for connected devices, then informs you of the number.
What are Offline Wi-Fi Network Packs?
The Offline tab provides you with a list of downloadable Wi-Fi network packs from all over the world. Each network pack contains public Wi-Fi networks for a select country or region. After you have downloaded a Wi-Fi network pack, you can access the Wi-Fi networks in the pack on the Available Wi-Fi or Map tabs of the app when you are not connected to the internet.
Downloaded network packs appear at the top of the list. If new Wi-Fi networks become available for a downloaded pack, the number of new networks are displayed and you have the option to update the pack directly. To remove a network pack from your device, tap the menu icon beside the pack, then tap Delete offline data.
When should I use an Offline Wi-Fi Network Pack?
Offline Wi-Fi Network Packs enable you to connect to public Wi-Fi networks even when you are not connected to the internet. For example, if you're travelling to a foreign country, download the Wi-Fi network pack for that country in advance. Once there, find and connect to Wi-Fi networks while offline. Additionally, if you’re interested in saving as much mobile data as possible, turn the Force data saving option on in the app settings to use Offline Mode even when you’re using your mobile data plan.
What is Smart Connect?
When you tap the Smart Connect button on the Wi-Fi tab, you are connected directly to the fastest and most secure available Wi-Fi network as determined by Wi-Fi Finder.
Can I customize my Wi-Fi Finder settings?
Yes. On the Tools tab, tap Notifications to open a list of notifications and specify how often you want to receive them, or tap Settings and specify your preferences for the following options:
- Easy Connect: turn on to automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks that are known to your device when they are within range.
- Force data saving: turn on to only use Offline Wi-Fi networks even when you have internet data.
- Becomes our valued Beta tester: tap to be directed to Google Play where you can sign up to try new Wi-Fi Finder functionality before it is released.
What happens when I share a Wi-Fi network with Wi-Fi Finder?
When you add a public Wi-Fi network to Wi-Fi Finder, other Wi-Fi Finder users can connect to that Wi-Fi network without needing to know the password. To add a network to Wi-Fi Finder, you need to successfully connect to that network first. Follow these steps:
- On the Wi-Fi tab, tap a Wi-Fi network that is In range.
- Tap Share Wi-Fi, then tap Continue.
- Provide the password for that network, then tap Connect & Share.
Always verify that a network is public before you add it to Wi-Fi Finder.
How can I remove a previously shared Wi-Fi network from Wi-Fi Finder?
If you previously shared a Wi-Fi network with Wi-Fi Finder but you no longer want it to be available to other users, follow these steps:
- Ensure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network.
- On the Wi-Fi tab, tap More underneath the name of the Wi-Fi network.
- Tap Stop sharing or tap Report problem and select Hotspot is not public.
The Wi-Fi network is no longer available for other users to connect to.
If I connect to my personal Wi-Fi network is it made available to Wi-Fi Finder users?
No. Wi-Fi networks are not automatically added to the Wi-Fi Finder database when you connect to them. You can only add a Wi-Fi network by successfully connecting to it via the Share Wi-Fi option.
Can I report Wi-Fi network problems?
If you discover that the location of a Wi-Fi network is incorrect or a Wi-Fi network doesn't exist, you can report the problem.
Follow these steps:
- Perform one of the following steps from the Wi-Fi tab:
- For an In range or In walking distance Wi-Fi network, tap the name of the relevant Wi-Fi network in the list.
- For the Connected Wi-Fi network, tap More under the name of the network at the top of the page.
- Tap Network detail, then tap Report a problem.
- Select the appropriate problem from the list.
Why do some Wi-Fi networks show a number of 'Successful connections'?
In the Network detail of many Wi-Fi networks, you can see the number of Successful connections followed by the subtext Internet verified. This figure indicates that at least one person has successfully connected to the network via Wi-Fi Finder. Many networks that have been successfully connected to do not yet show this figure because we only started recording this information recently.
How can I provide my feedback to Avast about Wi-Fi Finder?
We are very open to feedback from all of our customers. You can provide your comments or support for Avast mobile products in the following ways:
- Write a review on Google Play.
- Tell your friends about our software via Facebook or Twitter.
- Post reviews in Android related forums.
How can I become an Avast Wi-Fi Finder Beta Tester?
On the Settings tab, tap Become our valued Beta tester, then tap Join. As a Beta tester, you'll be the first to try new features.
What other Avast apps should I be using?
Avast has created the following range of apps to improve the performance of your mobile device and protect you from hackers and thieves:
- Avast Mobile Security: Secure your phone and tablet with our free Mobile Security app which features both antivirus and Wi-Fi vulnerability protection.
- Avast Battery Saver: Improve the endurance of your device battery between recharges with Battery Saver which stops unnecessary apps from running in the background and helps you optimize your device settings.
- Avast Cleanup: Improve the performance and efficiency of your device with our Cleanup app, which quickly analyzes the storage space on your device and clears all unnecessary, space-wasting data.
- Avast Passwords: Keep all of your passwords protected and easily sign into your online accounts using one main password. You can synchronize this app across multiple devices.
- Avast SecureLine VPN: Prevent hackers from accessing and stealing your data when you are connected to public or open Wi-Fi networks, secure your personal Wi-Fi networks, and protect your privacy using the SecureLine private encryption VPN.
- Avast Anti-Theft: Locate and track your lost or stolen device on a map with our Anti-Theft app's web-based mobile tracking feature that uses GPS tracker and other triangulation methods.
- Avast App Locker: Protect sensitive content against mobile device intrusion with our App Locker app.
What are the system requirements for Wi-Fi Finder?
You can install and run Wi-Fi Finder on any device running Android operating systems 4.0.3 and higher. Wi-Fi Finder cannot be downloaded or installed on non-Android operating systems, including Symbian, Microsoft Windows Phone, Bada, or WebOS. If you are using a custom ROM, the app may not work as expected. Report any feedback regarding this issue through our support pages.
How can I download and install Wi-Fi Finder?
Wi-Fi Finder is available for Android devices from Google Play.
Wi-Fi Finder is now installed and ready to use. The app is only available in a free version so you do not need a license to activate it.
How can I uninstall Avast Wi-Fi Finder?
You can uninstall Wi-Fi Finder in Google Play:
- Open Google Play from the Apps screen of your device and search for Avast Wi-Fi Finder.
- Tap Avast Wi-Fi Finder to open the app information page.
- Tap Uninstall, then tap OK to confirm the uninstallation.
Wi-Fi Finder is no longer installed on your device.
- Android 5.x
- Android 4.0.3 and later