[Fix] How to access Starbucks WiFi when you aren’t redirected to the login page

Fix Starbucks WiFi Connection
Fix Starbucks WiFi Connection

I often like to work from my local Starbucks, I love the smell of coffee and the relaxed working environment it provides.
Unfortunately, I can’t drink coffee due to a disagreement my stomach has with it, though that’s another story, and doesn’t stop me liking the aroma of coffee.

Whilst sipping my cup of tea, I use their Google sponsored WiFi connection, along with a secure VPN connection whilst there, though sometimes find that I am not redirected to their login page upon my laptop connecting to the Google StarBucks WiFi and opening a web browser login to their WiFi login portal.

Now… there are no doubt multiple ways to fix this issue though for me I have found the simplest method is to open a web browser and pointing it to a non https URL.

Most reputable websites have an SSL certificate and an https address as their default (rather than an http adddress), though for some reason entering an https address into the web browser to prompt the local Google Starbucks WiFi to redirect to their free WiFi web session logon doesn’t work.

I find entering in a basic http address (eg: http://techhead.co) does the trick and the WiFi session re-direct kicks in without any problems.

If this doesn’t work for you, make sure that you’re not using static DNS settings for your WiFi connection, ie: have your laptop/device get dynamic DNS addresses from the StarBucks router.

Simon is a UK based Virtualization, Cloud & IT Technology Evangelist working as a Senior Technology Consultant and vSpecialist for EMC. He loves working in the ever changing IT industry & spends most of his time working with Virtualization, Cloud & other Enterprise IT based technologies, in particular VMware, EMC and HP products. As well as on this site, you can find him on Twitter and Google+

44 Comments

  1. Like you i like sometimes work at starbucks but i never get it to the landing page. I even call tech support still no luck. I’ll try this next time.

  2. Did not work. I have tried everything and all advice and still my HP Chromebook will not connect to Starbucks WiFi. And you don’t tell us how to do the DNS settings thing.

  3. Spot on perfect. I was about to give up and go to a different cafe. The http trick worked!!! Thanks. You are a saint. My Frontier FIOS at home has been out 24 hrs and I need to work.

  4. Simon, I have to tell you that I am absolutely THRILLED I found this post by you!! I have been having trouble getting onto Starbucks wifi with my laptop for a long time now and no one, not even the Starbucks’ tech folks, could help. But your tip re accessing the http://techhead site works beautifully every time!! Cannot thank you enough for this!!

  5. Thank you SOOOO much for the address to login when the pop up landing page does not automatically show up! 10,000 gold stars to you, Simon!!

  6. Wow it actually WORKED I was sitting here for thirty minutes trying to figure out why it wasn’t connecting!!!! On top of them messing my medicine ball I was livid so thank you very much

  7. Non https site is the solution get redirected to Starbucks wifi login page. Thanks. Pls put it in bold, way to much text.

  8. hi, im still having trouble, and I dont know how to change my DNS setting, ive tried resetting my network settings, restarting, and troubleshooting. i tried entering in the web address you recommended, but it didnt work for me because the wifi wont even connect to the starbucks wifi to load a website.

  9. A million thanks. My work session at Starbucks has been saved! (I also have digestive issues with coffee—though sometimes I sneak a decaf in without trouble.)

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