Project Fi’s WiFi Assistant coming to all Nexus devices


Google’s Project Fi which was opened to all users since March comes with a WiFi Assistant feature that allows you to automatically and securely connect to open WiFi networks. The feature that was exclusive to Project Fi users will now be available for all Nexus devices.

These open WiFi networks are verified by Google and are reliable. WiFi Assistant uses a Google VPN to try and secure the connection. The WiFi Assistant app will be available for Nexus devices running Android Lollipop 5.1 or higher and these devices will not require a subscription to the wireless service. Users won’t be required to sign in or set up accounts to access the WiFi.

In order to enable WiFi Assistant will have to head over to the Android Settings app> Google>Networking. You can then toggle the feature on and off

Google says the tool can help improve average connection speeds and lower monthly data consumption, regardless of which wireless carrier provides cellular service to the phone. The Google WiFi Assistant is available to Nexus devices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and Nordic countries. Google says it will roll out over the next few weeks.


Author: Sneha Bokil

Sneha Bokil is a tech enthusiast and is currently using OnePlus 3T but she still treasures her Nokia N70 (M). You can follow her on Twitter @snehabokil and on Google+