Did you know that you can use your Android phone as a free Wi-Fi hotspot for your laptop or tablet? You just need a data connection and, the moment after you go through these simple steps, you’ll be all set.
Android smartphones are great, very capable devices, but there are situations when you need to use your laptop. Those are usually the same situation in which no internet connection is available. Luckily, if your Android smartphone is around, you’re saved.
Your phone can work as a Wi-Fi hotspot, provided it has an active cellular data connection, a feature also known as tethering, which I’ll teach you how to use below, in this little step-by-step tutorial. I need to mention that, while these screenshots have been taken on my Sony Xperia T, the steps are pretty much the same on any Android device. In the case of some devices, very little can be different, but not so much that it should cause you any problems.
With that out of the way, let’s get to it, shall we?
How To Turn Your Android Smartphone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
1. Open your Android smartphone’s app menu and swipe or scroll (depending on phone) until you find the Settings icon. Tap it, just like I did in the screenshot below.
2. Let’s make sure that the data connection is on first. The easiest way is to find Data usage and tap it.
3. Then, in the screen which comes up, make sure data is enabled. You may be warned that enabling data might incur costs on your part; you should keep in mind that, if you don’t have an unlimited data plan, using your phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot could cost you money. Make sure you know what the situation is before doing this.
4. With that part completed, let’s create the Wi-Fi hotspot itself. Go back to the main Settings menu and tap More.
5. Find Tethering & portable hotspot and tap it. It might be called Wi-Fi Hotspot or something similar, depending on the device you’re doing this on.
6. You’ll be show a menu like the one below. Before enabling the Wi-Fi hotspot, you’ll want to edit its settings, just to make sure they’re to your liking, so go to the settings menu.
7. In the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Settings menu, edit the name of the hotspot, as well as – most importantly – the password which will be required for internet access through it, in order to prevent intruders from using the connection.
This is done by going to the Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot menu, where you can also opt for the security type you want for your hotspot.
8. Once that’s all done, just return to the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot menu. All that’s left to do is for you to turn on your portable Wi-Fi hotspot, as seen in the screenshot below.
Once you’ve done so, you’ll be able to connect to the internet through it. As you can see, I’m already using my newly created hotspot to get online on my tablet!