How to Connect to Starbucks Wi-Fi

Get Starbucks free Wi-Fi with your favorite coffee drink

Starbucks on Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan

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There's good reason why most Starbucks stores are filled with folks tapping away at their laptop keyboards while getting a caffeine fix, and it isn't just the ambiance or Grande Macchiatos. The coffeehouse chain offers free Wi-Fi service to all of its customers, letting you get online in a matter of seconds once you find a seat.

While Starbucks Wi-Fi is convenient, there are some potential risks to consider before using it. As with any public network, security is not nearly as strong as on private Wi-Fi and some of its data transmissions may even be unencrypted. As long as you keep this in mind beforehand and act accordingly, you should be just fine sipping your coffee and browsing the web.

  1. Locate the list of Wi-Fi networks that are in range on your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

  2. Connect to the one labeled Google Starbucks.

    screenshot of the Windows 10 Wi-Fi networks list with Google Starbucks as an option
  3. Open a web browser.

  4. If this is your first time connecting, you'll be prompted to enter your first and last name, email address and zip code. Once the required details are entered, select the Accept & Connect button to continue.

    a screenshot of the Starbucks Wi-Fi login screen on an iPhone

    Selecting this button also states that you agree to receive emails from Starbucks about news, promotions and special offers. You can remove yourself from this mailing list by selecting the Unsubscribe link found in the footer of any email that originates from Starbucks.

  5. After entering the required information and agreeing to the terms and conditions, you'll see a web page with the following message at the top: "You're connected. This device will log on to Wi-Fi automatically at participating Starbucks stores."

    A screenshot of the Starbucks Wi-Fi connected screen in Google Chrome

    Toward the bottom of this welcome page is the option to join Starbucks Rewards, a free program that is probably worth your while if you're a frequent customer as you'll earn free drinks and get access to exclusive offers from time to time.

  6. On subsequent visits you'll automatically be logged into the Starbucks Wi-Fi network upon arrival, rather than having to enter your name and other details each time.