The Gia at your disposal are always very few and, in time, you end up finishing them long before the renewal of the active promotion on your device. To remedy this, you would like to have an overview of the free Wi-Fi networks available in the area you frequently frequent, so that you can use them when your rate data traffic starts to drop.

It is exactly the situation you are in, right? In this case, I am happy to inform you that you have come to the right place at the right time! In fact, below I will show you a series of WiFi app, which can alert you to nearby wireless hotspots. In addition, I will take care of reporting a series of applications dedicated to data protection (indispensable, in my opinion, when using public Wi-Fi networks) and a couple of useful methods to recover the passwords of the networks saved on your device.

So, without waiting a second longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain on the subject: I am sure that after reading this guide, you will be able to get the result you were looking for. Having said that, I have nothing else to do except wish you a happy read and good luck!

Free WiFi app

You don't have a lot of Giga available and for this reason would you like to "download" and use nearby free wireless networks, so that you can use them instead of connecting to Internet from your mobile phone? If so, you can use one of the application Free WIFI that I am going to tell you next.

WiFi map (Android / iOS-iPadOS)

The first application in this category is WiFi map : available for Android and iOS / iPadOS, allows you to locate free (but also password-protected) wireless networks available around the world. Thanks to feedback from users, who continuously report the provision of new access points and new passwords (or the removal of those that are no longer available), the file of available Wi-Fi networks is constantly updated.

Using the app is very simple: after installing and starting it, tap the button I agree, To accept the terms of use, touch the button siguiente twice in a row and enable location services, Responding affirmatively to the messages that are proposed.

Then touch the X located at the top right, to "decline" the offer to activate the Pro version and wait for the map to load on the screen. Now to see all nearby networks, tap on the item (X WiFis near me) and select the network of your interest from the proposed list, to see its details.

If the hostpot must be password protected, tap the button Unlock password and close the ad below to see the password in clear text.

If you are interested in viewing wireless networks related to a place other than where you are, tap magnifying glass and enter, in the search field, the name of the city of your interest (possibly in English).

Facebook (Android / iOS / iPadOS)

Not everyone knows it, but also the application of Facebook for Android and iOS / iPadOS allows you to locate nearby free access points. Doing it is very simple: after launching the application and logging in, if necessary, tap the button located in the upper right corner and select the items more y Find Wi-Fi from the menu shown on the screen.

Then, touch the button Enable location services, grant the necessary authorizations, answering affirmatively to the subsequent warning messages and, when you are ready, touch the button Enable Wi-Fi search.

If all went well, Facebook should offer you a list of public access points available nearby; Plus, with every move, you'll receive notifications from nearby publicly accessible wireless networks.

In case of doubt, you can revoke access permissions to the position from the Facebook application, at any time: to do so, after starting the application, touch the button located in the upper right corner, touch the elements adjustments y location, then in the options Access to location y Location services and, using the menu of the operating system, revoke the access permissions to the application (in Android, for example, you must touch the item App permissions and move on OFF the voice stick geolocation ).

Secure WiFi apps

Using public Wi-Fi can be quite risky, especially since, in most cases, you have no idea who can manage it, therefore data theft may actually be just around the corner. However, you can easily protect your data using an application to VPNIn other words, a system capable of making data in transit to and from the device completely "invisible" from the outside. Here are some of them.

NordVPN (Android / iOS / iPadOS)

One of the first apps that I recommend you consider to make browsing under Wi-Fi secure is NordVPN - This is the official app of the VPN service of the same name, available for both Android and iOS / iPadOS (as well as PCs, smart TVs with Android TV, NAS, Raspberry Pi, routers and other devices).

Thanks to its super secure encryption, NordVPN allows you to browse with maximum privacy on any network, including public Wi-Fi. The browsing data, in fact, is encrypted using a very powerful algorithm and is inaccessible not only to any malicious person and ISP, but also to NordVPN, which does not record anything of the activities carried out by users.

Another point in favor of NordVPN is the wide range of servers available, all fast and stable, located in all corners of the world: this allows you to overcome any type of regional restriction and access foreign catalogs of streaming services. In addition, there are servers specifically dedicated to exchanging files on P2P networks (for example, BitTorrent) and browsing through the Onion protocol (the one used by the anonymous Tor browsing system).

NordVPN offers several plans: the most convenient is the 3 years. from 3,17 euros / month (billed annually), but there are also those of 2 years. (4,54 euros / month, billed annually), 1 year (6,36 euros / month, billed annually) e 1 month (10,87 euros). All solutions provide the use of NordVPN on all compatible devices, up to a maximum of 6 at the same time, the 30-day money back guarantee and may also include additional items such as the password manager North Pass (worth $ 194.61).

That being said, if you want to download the app from NordVPN on your mobile phone or tablet, open the store of your device (for example, Play Store on Android or App Store on iOS / iPadOS), search NordVPN inside the latter and first touch the application icon and then on the button Install / Get. In iPhone / iPad, you may be asked to verify your identity via Face ID, Touch ID, or Apple ID password.

Once the download is complete, start the NordVPN application and press the button REGISTER, to create your account and subscribe to one of the available plans, or on the button LOG IN, to access your NordVPN account (if you already have one).

Once you are logged in, press the button FAST CONNECTION, to automatically connect to the fastest VPN server, or scroll through the list of available servers (below) and choose the one to connect to. If you want, you can also directly search for a server by pressing the item Search and browse Specialized Servers dedicated to P2P and other specific activities. You can also create lists of favorite servers. On iOS / iPadOS, on the first connection, you will need to confirm the installation of the NordVPN VPN profile on the system.

Once the connection to the VPN server of interest has been established, all you have to do is open your browser (or any other application that provides an Internet connection) and use it normally, knowing that your browsing will be protected from prying eyes. At the end of the session, to disconnect from the VPN, open the NordVPN and press the button disconnect.

To learn more about NordVPN and how it works, I invite you to read my review of the service.

TunnelBear (Android / iOS / iPadOS)

Among the applications that allow you to protect data in transit over the Wi-Fi network (and not only), you cannot ignore tunnel Bear : available for Android and iOS / iPadOS (but also for Windows, Mac and various other commonly used platforms), this service allows you to protect your data by using servers located in many countries around the world.

TunnelBear is basically a free application, which allows you to receive 500 MB browsing VPN per month; To avoid this limit, you must subscribe to one of the paid plans, at the cost of 10,99 € / month o € 59,99 / year.

Using TunnelBear is really simple: after installing the application, you must create a free account, necessary to use the service. To get started, therefore, enter yours address email and one password in the appropriate fields, then tap the button Create a free account.

Then open your inbox and tap the button Verify my account, attached to the message you should have received in the meantime from Tunnelbear. Once verified, go back to the app and tap the button continued, To access your main screen.

At this point, the game is practically done: to activate the navigation in the VPN, touch the lever located at the top of the screen, to activate it and, when asked, respond affirmatively to the warnings related to the connection request through VPN. On iOS / iPadOS, you will also need to confirm the installation of the VPN profile in the operating system settings.

If you want to change your IP address with an address that belongs to the countries available in Tunnelbear, touch tube located in the country of your interest, on the map, and touch the button yes attached to the proposed panel.

Alternatively, you can achieve the same result by tapping on the dropdown menu automatic, Located at the bottom of the Tunnelbear screen, and then selecting the new «Country of departure» from the list that is proposed. All very simple, don't you think?

Other apps for WiFi protected

In addition to TunnelBear, there are several others secure WiFi apps that allow, through the use of VPN technology, to prevent someone, from the outside, from "looking" at the data in transit to and from the mobile phone or tablet. Here are some of them.

  • Avira Phantom VPN (Android / IOS / iPadOS) - is the VPN service made available by the manufacturer of the famous antivirus for PC. It offers 500MB of free traffic per month, a limit that can be removed by subscribing to a paid Pro subscription. I told you in detail in this guide.
  • VyprVPN (Android / IOS / iPadOS): The service available for a while not only allows you to choose the server to connect to, but also automatically select the fastest one. The app can be tried for free for 3 days, after which to proceed you need to sign up for a paid subscription.
  • CyberGhost (Android / IOS / iPadOS) - another excellent VPN, which has quite fast servers located all over the world and which guarantees the total anonymity of the information in transit, promising not to save it anywhere. The service can be tried for free for 7 days, after which it is necessary to subscribe to a subscription plan.

For more information on how the VPN services mentioned there work, you can refer to my guide to the best VPNs, in which I covered the topic in great detail.

WiFi password app

You don't remember them anymore password of wifi networks saved in your Android device, iPhone or iPad? Don't worry: you can retrieve the information of your interest using a specific application for Android or, in the case of iOS and iPadOS, using iCloud synchronization and the macOS Key Access program. Find everything explained below.

WiFi Key Recvoery (Android)

If you are interested in recovering the password of the Wi-Fi saved in Android, you can use the application WiFi Key Recovery, available for free at Google Play Store.

However, before continuing, I would like to specify that, in order to view the passwords of the Wi-Fi networks that use this application, it is essential that the Android device has been previously subjected to the root procedure. For more information, you can check out my guide on how to root Android.

However, using WiFi Key Recovery is really easy: after downloading the app from the Play Store and installing it, run it and press the button allow, To grant you the use of root permissions. At this point, all you have to do is press the name of the Wi-Fi network of your interest, choosing it among those saved on the device and read the password in clear text: the information you are looking for is specified next to the item PSK.

note : in some versions of Android, like MIUI from Xiaomi, it is possible to share, even without root and in the form of a QR code, the password of the network to which you are currently connected. To do this, go to the menu Settings> Wi-Fi MIUI, play name of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to (must be marked with wording Tap to share the password) and then scan the QR code obtained with an application dedicated to scan QR codes.

Access the MacOS keychain

If you want to know the passwords of the Wi-Fi networks stored in iPhone o ProtectorsI don't think I have good news for you: in the current state of affairs, in fact, there are no methods or applications to "directly" access the network keys stored on the device.

However, if you have a Mac combined with the same Apple ID used on your "iPhone" or iPad, you can use Keychain Access macOS, the application that allows you to see all the access data saved on the Apple brand devices in use, as long as they are synchronized with the same iCloud account. Let me explain how to do it.

First, the Launchpad by clicking on the icon in the form of rocket attached to the bar spring, enter the folder more and start the program Keychain Access, placed inside.

Once in the new window, click on the wording iCloud attached to the box key chain (located on the left) and then on the element password located, this time, in the painting category - If everything went in the right direction, the entities you saved the passwords for, including the Wi-Fi networks saved on the iPhone, identified by the newsroom should appear on the right side of the window AirPort.

Each type input AirPort corresponds to a wireless network stored on the iPhone, so at this stage, you will have to make attempts: click on one of the items AirPort present on the screen whose password you want to find out and verify that, along with the wording account (above), the network name of your interest

Once you have identified the network of your interest, click on the corresponding wording, select the tab attributes from the previously open screen and then put a check mark next to the item Show password. Finally, enter the admin password Mac and press the button good : the information you are looking for must appear in the field Show password.

Article created in collaboration with NordVPN.