Google Project Fi is the ultimate solution for lagging mobile network issues.
In 2015, Google launched a solution for the mobile phone network services that were lagging, called the Project Fi. However, instead of trying to take over the traditional phone carriers, it had partnered up with T-Mobile and Sprint in order to build a low-cost mobile service that had a better network coverage and quicker feeds when compared to the other network services. There are a few steps to be followed by the users who are interested in the Project Fi and must know about it better before bringing it down to the Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P handsets.
The Requirements for Project Fi
Previously, Project Fi was just an invite-only program, although, it is not that anymore. Now, the users can go easily to the sign-up page of Project Fi and from there they can just order a SIM kit. After receiving the SIM kit, the users will have to download the Project Fi app on their smartphone after which they can start using the service. The smartphones that are compatible with the Project Fi are the self-branded devices from Google namely the Pixel and Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, and Nexus 6P. However, it is important to note that these devices should be the unlocked variants, or else they will not be working with the service. Additionally, it is essential that the aforementioned handsets run on Android Lollipop version 5.1 and above.
Activation of Project Fi
Once the SIM kit has been received, the next step the users will have to do is activate Project Fi. To start with, the handset should be plugged into a power source in order to make sure that the phone does not shut down during the entire setup process. The phone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Setting up the Phone
The user must turn off the phone to insert the SIM card. Google has also uploaded a detailed detailed video on how to do it right. Now the phone can be turned on to follow a series of onscreen steps. If the initial setup process has been successful, the users can then activate their new Project Fi number, or they can also transfer an existing number. The users have to make sure that the latest versions of Messenger, Google Hangouts, and Project Fi have been installed since these are the flagship apps for Project Fi. Just to make sure that everything is right and running, the users will be advised to carry out a test call, send a text message, or to try browsing the web by using the mobile data connection. The users should also keep looking out for the exclusive features of Project Fi like automatic Wi-Fi access, calls over Wi-Fi, and alerts for data usage.
Project Fi Tips and Tricks
According to an article published by Techtimes, using a few tips and tricks will make accessing Project Fi even more easier and interesting. Here are a few of them.
Automatic Wi-Fi Access
Project Fi works at its best when the smartphone is always connected to an active Wi-Fi network. By always having Wi-Fi access, the users will be able to expand the coverage in places which have weak cellular networks. It will also help in limiting the usage of mobile data, and also stream or download content at better speeds.
The users can also set their Project-Fi smartphones to connect automatically to a secure and verified Wi-Fi network. The saved Wi-Fi networks can also be synced across all the Android devices where the same Google account has been used to sign into.
Calls over Wi-Fi
Project Fi mobile owners will also be able to make calls over the Wi-Fi. Google has published detailed instructions which will help the users to start using the feature.
Data Usage Alerts
The users, who do not wish to go overboard with their monthly mobile data budget may opt to receive alerts about the amount of data used. The phone can also be set to automatically break-off its mobile data connection when the data limit is reached.
Phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
The smartphones under Project Fi can be turned into a hotspot for Wi-Fi connections and it can be used to pump in data simultaneously for up to 10 Android devices.
Apps to Getting the Best of Project Fi
Google has been encouraging the users to use specific apps in order to make the best use of Project Fi, like the default phone client that takes advantage of the Wi-Fi calls feature. The users can also use Hangouts to message the contacts on any platform. As it is a very useful tool, the Project Fi app should be checked regularly for checking the current data usage. Alternately, there is a third-party app called the Signal Spy, which also provides same features, and it has been posed to provide information quicker than the stock Project Fi app.
Many users from Reddit have reported that the domestic data roaming in the US will not incur any additional charge for those under Project Fi and the data would still keep flowing in with no change even in the speed of the internet connection. According to the user reports, this is something which the users might want to try out and if the success rate is high, many more carriers might also join on board with roaming or coverage agreements.