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Does Starbucks Have Free WIFI?

Last Updated Sep 19, 2022
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Even though working or studying from home is convenient, sometimes you might want to get out of the house to work on the computer. There are many local coffee shops or restaurants that offer free WIFI. Since Starbucks is one of the most popular coffee shops and there is one in every city, you might be wondering if they have free WIFI. 

All Starbucks locations have free WIFI. You do not need a Starbucks card to access the WIFI even though this used to be the case. Starbucks WIFI can also be used for an unlimited amount of time. 

You might be wondering how to access the WIFI. Don’t worry. We will go over all the details in this article as well as tips on how to keep your work and information secure while using the free WIFI at Starbucks. 

When Did Starbucks WIFI Become Free? 

Before 2010, you needed a Starbucks card to access the WIFI. You also only got two free hours and then had to pay for extra WIFI if you wanted to continue working. 

Many people complained about the old WIFI system because they wanted to be able to work at Starbucks for more than two hours or without signing up for a card. Starbucks decided to change the system to make their customers happy. 

How to Use Starbucks’ WIFI 

Now that you know you can get WIFI for free at your local Starbucks, you might be wondering how to gain access to the WIFI once you’re in the coffee shop. 

Follow these steps: 

  1. Look for the network under your computer’s WIFI icon. 
  2. Starbucks usually has their WIFI listed as “Starbucks Google” or “Google Starbucks.” 
  3. Click the network name to access the internet. 
  4. You should receive a prompt asking you for a few things like your name and zip code. 
  5. Fill in the information and click Connect. 
  6. Your computer will take a few seconds to connect to the internet. 
  7. You should receive a notification that you can use the internet. 
  8. Begin browsing and surfing as you want. 

If you can’t find the network or are having issues connecting, you should ask one of the baristas for help. They can advise you on how to connect to the internet and help you answer any questions you might have. 

Is the Internet at Starbucks Safe? 

Some people are wary of using public WIFI since they think their private information might be stolen. There are some steps you can take though to make sure your information is secure while using the internet at Starbucks. 

Don’t Use Sites That Ask for Personal Information 

Try to avoid using certain sites that ask for a social security number. You might also want to avoid signing into your online banking accounts. This way potential hackers can’t gain access to your financial information. 

While the Starbucks WIFI is great for working or doing some homework, try and wait to check your finances once you get back home or to a place with private network options. 

Try to Use Encrypted Websites 

Only using encrypted websites is another great way to stay safe. When you are using Google, you can easily identify encrypted websites. All websites begin with HTTP, but encrypted websites will show as HTTPS at the beginning of the web address. 

Even hackers can encrypt their websites though. However, HTTPS usually signifies that it’s a safer option than websites without it. 

Log Out of All Accounts 

Make sure you sign out of all your accounts before connecting to the WIFI. If you are signed into the account even when not using it, hackers can find your information and use it. 

Once you are done using the WIFI and leaving Starbucks, make sure to sign out of your accounts and the WIFI network as well. This will ensure no hackers can’t find your information later. 

Use Different Passwords for All Accounts 

This is a good rule to follow even when you are not using public networks. Using different passwords for all your accounts ensures that even if a hacker gets into one of your accounts, they do not automatically have access to your other accounts. 

Make sure to use strong passwords with many different letters and symbols to make it harder for hackers to guess. 

Can I Use Starbucks WIFI Without Buying Anything? 

Starbucks does not have any official rules regarding this. If you are using the WIFI without making a purchase, you will not be kicked out of the store since the company and the employees aim to make everyone feel at home. 

However, when using a free service from a company it’s always a good idea to buy something to support them. 

Final Thoughts 

Starbucks has free unlimited WIFI at all their locations. All you need to do is find the network name on your computer and then enter in a few details like your name and email address. You’re then free to use the WIFI for as long as you’d like.

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