One of the best features of a smartphone is it can instantly transform into a mini router and connect other devices to the Internet. If you travel a lot or work on the go, this handy setting has your back for fast, convenient internet access wherever you have a cell phone signal. In this article, we show you how to use a hotspot on Android in six steps, along with helpful pictures.
Wireless Hotspotting on Android: Basics
Wi-Fi sharing or tethering can turn your Android phone into a Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (SMHS) that can provide internet connectivity for up to 10 devices. Part of the design of the original Wi-Fi networking protocol included the ability for a device to share connectivity with others. Most smartphones typically have this feature.
Before you start, ensure your phone and connecting devices are suitable. Ensure that:
- Your smartphone is Android 9 and above.
- Your mobile network operator allows tethering (some companies charge extra for this service).
- Your smartphone is not connected to a Wi-Fi network and has adequate mobile data allowance.
- Make sure that any data caps settings are switched off.
- Connecting devices should be no more than 15 feet (4.5 meters) from the Android phone.
- Devices like game consoles and smart TVs usually cannot use tethering.
How to Hotspot on Android
If you meet the above conditions and requirements, proceed with these steps.
Step 1: Navigate to Settings
You can find and enable the Hotspot function from your phone’s main settings. Swipe down the top of your screen and use the shortcut cog symbol in the upper right-hand corner or go to your apps and tap on Settings.
Step 2: Tap on Network & connection
Go to the Network & Connection in your Settings to manage your phone’s connectivity. If you haven’t done so, you can switch off your phone’s data saver or data cap.
Step 3: Tap on Hotspot & tethering
On the Network & connection page, tap the Hotspot & tethering option. You can switch on your phone’s Hotspot function and create a local area network for other devices to connect to.
Step 4: Tap on Mobile Hotspot
Android smartphones typically have multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth and USB tethering. In this case, we will use the Mobile hotspot.
Step 5: Tap on Set up Mobile Hotspot
Your Mobile hotspot needs a name and secure password, so other devices can discover the network and connect securely. Just like a router, it is best to create a unique network name and secure alphanumeric (+ symbols) password to restrict access. You can then share the connection with any user with your password.
Step 6: Turn on the hotspot
Swipe the mobile hotspot button to switch on your phone’s hotspot. You are now ready to connect devices to your network.
Here is a video for further reference:
Quicky Turn Hotspot on and off on Android phones
Follow these quick and easy steps to switch a hotspot on without going to the main settings of your phone.
Step 1: Swipe down the top of your Android phone screen
You can often find the Hotspot button in the quick settings menu that can be accessed via the top of your phone’s screen. Open the menu by swiping down the top of your phone’s screen.
Step 2: Tap on the Hotspot icon to switch it on
Scroll down to access the Hotspot button. Tap on it once, and its color will change from gray to blue, indicating the Hotspot is on. You can quickly switch off your phone hotspot by tapping this button a second time.
Connecting a device to your Android Hotspot
Once you have switched on your Android Hotspot, you can connect other devices to it. Connecting to a phone Hotspot is like connecting to any other Wi-Fi network. Here’s how to discover and tether a device to an Android Hotspot.
Step 1: Switch on Wi-Fi on your device
Go to the Wi-Fi settings on your device, just as you would if you were connecting to home or public Wi-Fi. Switch on Wi-Fi to be able to view discoverable networks.
Step 2: Browse available networks
Search the discoverable networks for the name of your Wi-Fi network. If you haven’t created a special name, the name or model of your Android phone will appear.
Step 3: Select the Hotspot’s network name
Click on your phone Hotspot’s network name to connect to it.
Step 4: Enter the network password
When prompted, fill in the password of the Hotspot to connect and start using the Internet.
Once you set everything up, using Hotspot on Android is quick and simple. It allows you to catch up on emails or work away from your desk. Or stream a movie for the kids when you’re taking a long journey. Just remember to keep your phone plugged in, as tethering can quickly drain your phone.
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