Turn your Android smartphone into a WiFi hotspot

WiFi hotspot

WiFi hotspot

It must have occurred to you that you urgently needed to use the Internet, but there was no wireless network around you. In these cases, you can use your smartphone and 3G or 4G data packet to share your internet connection without the need for a cable.

Some people may think that WiFi, because of its vastness, helps you to always have access to free hotspots and internet everywhere. Unfortunately, despite its popularity, WiFi is not yet widely available. It must have occurred to you that you urgently needed to use the Internet, but there was no wireless network around you. In these cases, you can use your smartphone and 3G or 4G data packet to share your internet connection without the need for a cable. In this article, you will learn how to use your Android phone’s mobile network connection to share with other devices and turn it into a mobile hotspot.

It should be noted that in this article, a Motorola Nexus 6 phone with Android Nokia 7.1.1 is used. Also, note that while Hotspot is enabled, you can not connect to any of the wireless networks from your smartphone, because in this case, a WiFi antenna is used to connect other devices to Hotspot. This guide is designed to be used by people who have no special knowledge of working with digital tools.

Step 1 – Open the WiFi hotspot settings on your Android phone

Open the Settings page. Tap the “All Apps” icon on your smartphone home screen. If you have trouble finding it, it is usually in the center of the bottom row of the page, in the form of a grid of dots.

When the list of all apps opens, look for the Settings icon. Its icon is usually in the form of a gear.

The first section of the Settings page on Android is usually the “Wireless & Networks” section. This is what we are looking for. Tap More to access additional wireless settings.

Select “Tethering & Portable hotspot” to start the hotspot settings.

Step 2 – Prepare the WiFi hotspot settings of your Android phone

On the “Tethering & Portable hotspot” page you will have access to hotspot settings such as On / Off switch and other tethering features. To do this, first tap “Set up Wi-Fi hotspot” to make its settings.

There are three things you can do on this page:

– Specify a name for the hotspot and enter it in the “Network Name” field.

– Specify the type of security used for the hotspot. In its menu, select None to disable security. As a result, no password is required to log in. The best case scenario is WPA2 PSK.

– Select the network band on which Hotspot Mobile distributes. You can choose one of the frequencies 2.4 or 5 GHz.

After completing the above steps, click Save to save all settings.

Step 3 – Turn on Hotspot WiFi on your Android phone

After making all the settings, tap the “Portable Wi-Fi hotspot” switch to turn on the hotspot.

As soon as you turn on Mobile Hotspot, some Android devices may show a notification in this regard.

How to turn off Android phone WiFi hotspot

From the smartphone home screen, tap All Apps, then select Settings. In the “Wireless & Netwroks” section, enter the More section. In this step, select the “Tethering & Portable hotspot” option and finally tap “Portable Wi-Fi hotspot” again to turn it off.

It is recommended to turn off the battery when you do not need Hotspot in order to save it. Another benefit of this is the reduction in the consumption of mobile data traffic.

Conclusion

Setting up a portable hotspot on the Android platform is easy. It does not matter if your router is down or where you have no WiFi access. This will help you to access the Internet using the smartphone data plan and other devices.

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