How to Use Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Safely Connect To Public Wi-Fi?

Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant has been replaced by the “Wi-Fi Assistant” feature, which is now known as “Wi-Fi Enhanced Open” or “Wi-Fi Easy Connect.” It is designed to help users connect to public Wi-Fi networks securely and easily. Here’s how you can use Wi-Fi Enhanced Open on Android to safely connect to public Wi-Fi networks:

Note: The availability and specific steps for using Wi-Fi Enhanced Open may vary depending on your Android version and device manufacturer. The following instructions are based on Android 10 and may differ slightly on other versions.

1. Enable Wi-Fi and Location: Make sure that your Wi-Fi and location services are turned on. You can do this by swiping down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings menu and tapping on the Wi-Fi and Location icons to enable them.

2. Connect to a Public Wi-Fi Network: When you are in range of a public Wi-Fi network (e.g., at a coffee shop, airport, or mall), your Android device may automatically detect it and display it in the list of available networks.

3. Connect Automatically with Wi-Fi Enhanced Open: If the public Wi-Fi network supports Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (Wi-Fi Easy Connect), you may see a notification or a prompt on your Android device saying that the network is open and secure. It might look something like “Wi-Fi Assistant: Secure Wi-Fi detected” or “Wi-Fi Assistant: Network is open and secure.”

4. Tap to Connect: Tap on the notification or prompt, and your Android device will automatically connect to the public Wi-Fi network using Wi-Fi Enhanced Open. This feature helps protect your connection by encrypting your data when using open networks.

5. Enjoy Secure Connection: Once connected, you can browse the internet and use apps over the public Wi-Fi network with enhanced security.

Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (Wi-Fi Easy Connect) provides an additional layer of security by automatically establishing an encrypted connection to public Wi-Fi networks, reducing the risk of data interception by potential attackers on the same network.

Keep in mind that Wi-Fi Enhanced Open is available on devices running Android 10 and above. Additionally, the specific wording and notifications may vary depending on your Android device and software version. If you are using an older Android version or a device from a different manufacturer, you may not have access to the Wi-Fi Enhanced Open feature.

For the latest information and specific instructions related to Wi-Fi Enhanced Open on your Android device, consider checking the official Android support documentation or the support resources provided by your device manufacturer.

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