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How To Use Hotspot On Android In 6 Easy Steps

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How To Use Hotspot On Android In 6 Easy Steps

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.

Go to settings.
Settings is accessible from your phone’s control panel or the home screen.

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. 

Go to network and connection.
Open Network & connection under Settings.

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. 

Tap on hotspot and tethering.
Tap on the Hotspot and tethering option.

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.

Tap on mobile hotspot.
Select 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.

Tap on set up mobile hotspot.
Create a network name and 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. 

Turn on mobile hotspot.
Toggle the mobile hotspot button.

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. 

Turn on Wi-Fi.
Switch on Wi-Fi.

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. 

Browse available networks.
Check the available Wi-Fi networks.

Step 3: Select the Hotspot’s network name

Click on your phone Hotspot’s network name to connect to it. 

Select hot spot name.
Tap your mobile’s hotspot network.

Step 4: Enter the network password

When prompted, fill in the password of the Hotspot to connect and start using the Internet. 

Rounding up

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Samsung Android phones be used as a Hotspot?

Yes. Like other Android phones, you can use a Samsung smartphone as a Hotspot for other devices.

Will my Hotspot continue to run if no devices are connected?

No. If you have no devices connected to a Hotspot it will automatically switch itself off to save power.

Will tethering use up my phone's monthly data allowance?

Yes. Every bit of data used by any of the connected devices will be deducted from your monthly allowance unless you have an unlimited data contract.  Some cell phone companies offer data bundles specifically for tethering.

Do I need to set a new password for my Android phones hotspot?

Updating the phone password from a default password makes your phone much more secure. Just don’t choose a password that is obvious, like ‘password’!

When did Android 9 come out?

Android 9, known as Android Pie was released on August 6, 2018. If your phone is older than this, it might not have Hotspot connectivity.

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