Mobile hotspot is a smart feature that enables your Android device to share cellular data connection by creating a Wi-Fi network. Hence, other devices like smartphone, laptop or tablet can access the Wi-Fi network and be able to use the mobile data of your device. It’s also called “mobile wireless hotspot”.
There are times when I run out of cellular data on my handset. However, with my friends ready to let me use their data via the mobile hotspot, I don’t feel any shortage of data. Likewise, whenever there is no Wi-Fi on my laptop, I use the data of my smartphone. Here is how you can also get started with it!
Must Check Out:
- Make sure to check out your mobile carrier and the service plan you have purchased.
- When the mobile hotspot is enabled, data usage fees apply along with additional charges.
- Certain plans don’t allow tethering and hotspot services. Hence, additional charges may apply.
- The process of enabling mobile hotspot may differ on some Android devices.
- The mobile hotspot range is about 30 feet. Things like walls and tornados may render the range shorter.
How to Enable Wifi Hotspot on Android
Step #1. Go to Settings on your Android device.
Step #2. Tap on More.
Step #3. Next up, you will have to tap on Tethering & portable hotspot. (On some Android devices, you will see Settings > Networks > Sharing.)
Step #5. Tap on Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
Step #6. Now, you have to enter the network name.
(If prompted, make sure to choose a Security type. WPA2 AES should be preferred. If AES is not available, choose PSK. Select None, if you wish to give the internet to anyone nearby.)
Step #7. Enter password and tap on Save.
Step #8. Finally, you will have to tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
That’s it! Make sure to turn off the hotspot once you are done.
There are several apps like FoxFi that allows you to enable mobile hotspot on your older devices running Android 2.2 and up.