Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking How to Use McDonald's Wi-Fi to Get Connected Learn how to connect to McDonald's Wi-Fi and keep yourself safe by Ryan Dube Writer Ryan Dube is a freelance contributor to Lifewire and former Managing Editor of MakeUseOf, senior IT Analyst, and an automation engineer. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Ryan Dube Updated on October 02, 2020 reviewed by Jessica Kormos Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jessica Kormos is a writer and editor with 15 years' experience writing articles, copy, and UX content for Tecca.com, Rosenfeld Media, and many others. our review board Article reviewed on Jul 12, 2020 Jessica Kormos Home Networking Wi-Fi & Wireless The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Tweet Share Email McDonald's has been offering Wi-Fi to customers for many years, but up until 2011, using a McDonald's Wi-Fi connection cost $2.95 for a couple of hours of internet access. Today, you can use McDonald's internet access for free and without any time limit at more than 11,500 of the 14,000 nationwide locations. Instructions in this article apply to Windows and Mac computers as well as Android and iOS devices. How to Find McDonald's Wi-Fi Access Finding a free McDonald's Wi-Fi location near you is easy. In just a few steps, you can get the address of a McDonald's you can bring your laptop or mobile device to and get some work done while you're enjoying lunch. Visit McDonald's restaurant locator page. Type your Zip code or city and state into the search field and select the Search icon. Scroll down to the results and find a location that features Wi-Fi under Services. Click the arrow icon next to Services to see which ones are available. That McDonald's location is a Wi-Fi hotspot where you can access free McDonald's Wi-Fi. The restaurant locator will provide the street address and the operating hours. Most locations are open pretty late, which makes McDonald's a convenient place to get internet access at most any time of day. Connecting to McDonald's Wi-Fi Since McDonald's Wi-Fi access is now free, connecting to a network at any one of the 11,500 locations is easier than ever. Select your Wi-Fi network icon on the right side of your Windows taskbar or in the top-right corner of the screen on a Mac. Select the McDonald's Free Wi-Fi network and choose Connect. When the network connects, your browser will automatically open the McDonald's internet terms of service web page. Select the red Get Connected button. A status message, "You are connected to McDonald's Wi-Fi. Enjoy!" will appear at the top of the web page. Open a new tab in your browser and visit any website you like. Your internet connection will stay active for as long as you need it. Connecting to McDonald’s Wi-Fi With Android You can also connect to McDonald's free Wi-Fi network with your mobile devices. Using an Android, you can connect using the following steps. Open Settings and select Wi-Fi. Select McDonald's Free WiFi to connect to the Wi-Fi network. You'll see a Connected status when it's connected. Screenshot Open your mobile web browser and it'll automatically open McDonald's Wi-Fi connection page. Screenshot Select Get Connected to connect to the Wi-Fi network and access the McDonald's free internet connection. Connecting to McDonald’s Wi-Fi With iOS Using your iPhone, you can connect using the following steps. Open Settings and select Wi-Fi. On the next screen, select McDonald's Free WiFi. You'll see the McDonald's Wi-Fi connection move to the top of the window with an Unsecured Network status. Open your mobile browser and it'll automatically go to McDonald's Free Wi-Fi login page. Select Get Connected to finish your connection to McDonald's free internet. About McDonald's Wi-Fi Connections Curious just how good a free internet connection could be? Well, McDonald's Wi-Fi is surprisingly good. During our network tests using Fast.com network speed tool, the internet connection speeds were comparable to the upload and download bandwidth you might expect from a high-speed home network. Results from this test showed that this particular McDonald's Wi-Fi internet network had the following characteristics. 58 Mbps download speed14 Mbps upload speed27 millisecond unloaded latency (when there's no much activity on the network)517 millisecond loaded latency (when data-heavy streaming is taking place on the network) This means that while you're eating a Big Mac or chicken nuggets, you can stream a Netflix movie without any lag. Wi-Fi Network Filters Also, keep in mind that McDonald's restaurants are family-friendly. So, McDonald's internet provider, TelstraClear, has built-in features to protect customers from inappropriate or dangerous content. If you attempt to access any of the following types of websites, you can expect to find that the site is blocked or inaccessible. PornographySome file download sitesBitTorrent or media piracy servicesKnown malicious or dangerous sites Even though there are filters, just about any website you'd need to access to read the news, watch movies, or conduct online business through cloud services or a VPN link will work fine. Protect Yourself on Free Wi-Fi Networks One drawback of using McDonald's free public Wi-Fi networks is that any other device connected to the system becomes a threat to your device. This is especially true because these networks are unencrypted, so anything you view could be viewed by anyone else on the network, with the right hacking software. If you plan on using the public McDonald's Wi-Fi network often, make sure to take the following steps to protect your computer or mobile device. Install effective antivirus softwareConnect to the internet through a VPN serviceAvoid logging into bank or credit card accountsStick with only visiting encrypted websites with a URL that starts with HTTPS It can be perfectly safe to use free public Wi-Fi networks so long as you take the appropriate steps to protect yourself. Why Use McDonald's Wi-Fi? In the era of multi-tasking, lunch and work (or play) often go hand in hand. And if you are getting a bite to eat anyway, this is a way to get that little extra done.