- Project Fi is introducing an enhanced network feature in beta that enables Fi’s VPN even when the user is using mobile data.
- The feature will also automatically switch the user to mobile data if the Wi-Fi that they’re connected to is slow or unresponsive.
- The enhanced network option is rolling out next week to Fi-compatible phones running Android Pie.
While Project Fi utilizes Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular to bring data to its customers, the MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) recommends that its customers jump onto free Wi-Fi hotspots when possible. But as these aren’t all that secure and are prone to data snooping, Google provides a free VPN to help keep each user’s data secure.
But as Google stated on its blog, Project Fi customers (and in extension all smartphone users) are left open and unsecured when jumping between network towers. Thankfully, with a new feature called enhanced network, this should be a thing of the past as Project Fi is extending its VPN to all data connections.
For most people, enhanced network is a feature that should be turned on and forgotten about. When enabled, every bit of data that a Project Fi customer transmits will be funneled through the VPN, keeping it private from those attempting to snoop, the networks that you’re connected to, and even Google. No longer will you have to worry about your browsing habits being tied to your phone number or user accounts.
In addition to the added data security, enhanced network also switches Fi customers off of poor or unresponsive Wi-Fi connections and onto mobile networks. The example that Google provided for this feature involves those instances that you leave your home, but your phone continues to hold onto your Wi-Fi network. With enhanced network turned on, you won’t have to worry about losing your internet connection when you’re stuck on the edge of your network.
Google states that the enhanced network feature should begin to roll out to Fi-compatible devices running Android Pie starting next week. Project Fi customers will then be able to enable it within the Fi Network Tools menu within the Project Fi app.