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Google Fi’s new W+ network improves coverage without a single new tower

What do you want to know

  • Google Fi’s W+ uses Wi-Fi networks in public spaces like malls and airports to give Google Fi customers better coverage than LTE or 5G connections alone.
  • W+ is first available to Google Pixel users running the latest Android 12 update with W+ enabled in Settings.
  • Data on W+ is treated the same as all other data on the Fi network and counts towards your plan’s data usage, unlike using a standard Wi-Fi connection.

One of Google Fi’s best tricks has always been its ability to switch between multiple networks on the fly so its customers can get better coverage than any single network. As the number of phones supporting network switching has steadily increased, Pixel users have a new trick at their disposal with W+.

As identified by 9to5Google, W+ automatically uses Wi-Fi in participating public spaces as cellular coverage when LTE or 5G coverage isn’t optimal. This is more common in places like airports, malls, or stadiums.

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