Siri, where’s the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot?

By , Oct 25, 2012

Have you ever found yourself looking for a public Wi-Fi hotspot? Maybe you were nearing your monthly wireless data cap, or were on a laptop or some other non-cellular device.

How’d you go about finding it? Sure there are websites you can look at, and apps that you can download. But if you’re looking for an easier way to do this, you can just ask Siri…

In addition to her many other talents, Apple’s digital assistant has the ability to locate Wi-Fi hotspots. She can find nearby signals or search for them in a specific city and state.

To do this, all you have to do is activate Siri and ask her one of the following questions:

  • “Where’s the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot?”
  • “Where are Wi-Fi hotspots in City name, State name?”

Sure, this isn’t anything groundbreaking. And many of you were probably already aware of this feature. But for those that weren’t, this might prove extremely useful when out and about.

[hat tip OSXDaily]

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  • http://twitter.com/imperiumSG Andy M.

    i was not aware of this. thank you

  • http://twitter.com/Zach_Krase Zach Krase 

    had no clue. that’s awesome! thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/mrmberman Marc

    Sorry Marc, I’m pretty damn useless outside of the USA

    • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

      works in Germany. just tested.

      • Falk M.

        Same here, found 14, which is even better than what the dedicated hotspot finder app would come up with for my city…

        Pretty amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/goldstanza Austin Hawryluk

    Wow this even works with siriservercore and skyra1n. Thanks for the tip osx daily and idb

  • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

    and the information about wifi hotspots comes from?
    a little bit more investigation, my journalistic friends, pls ;)

    • http://twitter.com/snakefeet86 jonathan helliwell

      “It Just Works”

      • http://twitter.com/PhilGamboa Phil Gamboa

        Is that in the Jony Ive voice? lol.

    • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

      i found out that the informations about the nearest wi-fi hotspots comes from yelp.
      wasn’t too hard ;)

      btw it works also in Germany :-)

    • http://www.iDownloadBlog.com Sebastien

      Comes from Yelp

      • http://twitter.com/ManBoy360 Manjot S

        does it find out houses and others?

  • Gerard Hampton

    Who knew if you asked siri a question it would answer it!

    Did you know you can ask siri other questions as well?!?! WOW!!!!

    Is this a new feature of the iphone 5???

    Sigh

    • Bieberkinz

      Did you know that people didn’t ask for this but Apple still allowed this to be put in Siri?

      Did you know Apple saved people with crappy data plans some money?

      Little things like this are nice to have my friend.

  • Johnathan Jennings

    You were awake at 2:30 AM?

    • http://twitter.com/ManBoy360 Manjot S

      that’s what i thought

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    I turned off siri on my iphone4s..lo

    • http://twitter.com/roadrash5155 Sean Bauer

      That’s a shame. She is quite useful in the car when you can’t text. I use it every day, since my wife loves to bombard me with texts while i’m driving.

  • http://twitter.com/roadrash5155 Sean Bauer

    Didn’t know this….. Thanks. Now if I can just find a decent dress for Siri to wear to the Ball.

  • Irfan Tarique

    Wait…don’t you need wifi to make this work 0.o
    So if you don’t have Internet access then how would you make Siri find hot spots?

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      Cellular data….

  • No Whammy

    Ironically, you need an Internet connection to ask Siri where you can find an Internet connection.

  • http://twitter.com/PhilGamboa Phil Gamboa

    Cody, do you live in the DFW Area?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cubanno2031 Adrian Rodriguez

    In spanish is (acceso wi-fi) and 14 found,great..