How to Get a Free Internet Connection
This wikiHow teaches you how to connect your computer, phone, or tablet to the Internet for free. Doing so will most likely involve leaving your house in search of free Wi-Fi, though you may be able to work out a deal with your neighbors if you so choose.
Search for free Internet on a hotspot database.You can find free Internet near you simply by typing "free internet hotspot" into Google or a similar search engine. There are also mobile options available:
- A free app called "Find Wi-Fi" is available for both iPhone and Android platforms. You can use this app with your phone's location services to find Wi-Fi near you.
- The Facebook mobile app also has a "Find Wi-Fi" feature that you can use to bring up a map of nearby hotspots. It's located in the ☰ menu.
.This is called "tethering". You can tether your phone's data connection to your computer on both iPhone and Android smartphones. Keep in mind that data charges will apply, so you should only do this if you have unlimited data or if you're in an Internet-related emergency.
- Not all carriers support tethering out of the box. If you can't find tethering in your phone's settings, call your carrier to see if they can set it up for you.
Check to see if your cable company offers free hotspots.Many Internet companies provide hotspots around major cities for current customers; all you need to do to access them is log in with your account email and password. Naturally, this will only work if you have an existing subscription to an Internet service (e.g., Comcast).
- Most cable companies have Wi-Fi locators on their websites.
Use a free trial Internet service.NetZero offers 10 hours of dial-up Internet per month for free, though you will need a phone line to use this service. Other Internet service providers (ISPs) sometimes offer free hours as well, so keep an eye out for these promotions.
- You'll most likely need to enter payment details when setting up your account with your chosen service. Make sure that you cancel your account with them before the trial expires, or you'll usually be charged for the service itself.
Exchange chores for Internet access.If you have friendly neighbors, offer to perform house or yard work in exchange for access to their home network. Make sure that you draw up a contract with them to ensure that everybody is on the same page as far as use goes.
- If you do this, be sure not to perform any illegal actions (e.g., file-sharing) while on your neighbors' Wi-Fi. Similarly, don't hog their bandwidth by downloading large files or streaming HD movies, games, and so on.
Find a local store or business in which to work.The Internet's role in daily life is hard to ignore, which is why many restaurants, businesses, and public buildings will offer you free Wi-Fi. While there may be a caveat for the Wi-Fi—you may have to buy a drink or a snack, or create a membership account for the business in question—the "cost" for the Wi-Fi is usually minor enough that it's worth paying. Some examples of free Wi-Fi locations include the following:
- Coffee shops
- Truck stops
- Department stores
Look for Wi-Fi while you wait.This is a broad concept, but any time you're waiting for a service—for example, for your car's oil to be changed or for your friend's dental exam to end—look for free networks under the building's or business' name. The majority of businesses will have a free Wi-Fi option available for you while you wait.
Use school or library resources.You may not be able to access the Wi-Fi network in a library or at your school, but you can usually sign into one of the computers at one of these locations and use the Internet from there. Some libraries/schools have daily use restrictions or content restrictions, so make sure you know what you can and cannot do before using these resources.
QuestionCan I get free WiFi through a neighbor's PC tower without him/her knowing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse Dumpper and Jumpstart. This works on Windows. These softwares are good to thief WiFi passwords if your neighbor has turned off WPS(wifi_protected_setup). Otherwise, you won't get WiFi passwords.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I don't have an internet modem?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour Internet provider usually gives You a modem when you get Internet services from them, and it's yours until you end their service.Thanks!
QuestionI lost my WiFi password. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you know the password to your router, and are capable of getting through on a hard-wired laptop or PC, you can change the WiFi password from the administrative panel. If not, you can do a factory reset on the router (reference the manufacturer's site for instructions), which restores all settings to when the router was new.Thanks!
QuestionIs there a low cost way to connect my thermostat to the internet if it is a WiFi thermostat and I have no internet at my house?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTalk to your local Internet provider, tell them your situation. Also, if you are good friends with your neighbors, tell them your situation, and ask them if you throw a couple bucks their way each month if you can use their Internet service to connect your thermostat.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if I only have one internet in my house and that internet is so slow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse the methods listed here to get a different connection or upgrade your internet to a faster service.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get internet connection to an Android phone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere are many ways to get Internet connection to your device. The most used ways are: 1.Sim Data Access-Use your Sim Card for wireless data service. 2. WiFi. The best way is to get a free and high speed wireless data service.Thanks!
QuestionWhy am I charged a lot of money for using the internet on my phone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could be using a lot of data. Try using a wi-fi connection when possible to conserve the data allotted in your phone plan. RPG games and video streaming use a lot of data.Thanks!
QuestionMy laptop has wifi but is saying no internet acess. Why?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe reason is that the internet connection, which you have selected, is broken. Reboot your Internet modem and it will come on.Thanks!
QuestionI've checked and there are no Internet providers in my area. What can I do to get internet access?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMany cable companies offer nationwide internet service over cable. You can also use DSL, which uses phone lines.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I find a better plan?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCall around to your local internet providers. Most phone and cable companies offer internet service.Thanks!
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- Note that in some countries and states/provinces, using someone's internet access without permission can be a criminal offense.
- Never access personal information (e.g., your bank account) while on public Internet, as doing so may enable people to steal your information.
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