How to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot

By using your Android phone as a portable hotspot, you always have a WiFi network in your pocket. This is useful if the kids want to watch a chain in the car on their way to a campsite in France or if the WiFi router at home has a technical malfunction. We explain how the hotspot function works in Android.
How to use your phone as a WiFi hotspot


WiFi Hotspot on Android

It can really be a lifesaver, the hotspot feature of your Android phone. Let's say you are working with your laptop at an airport or in a coffee shop in Spain, but the local WiFi is very slow. Or is WiFi running smoothly, but would you rather not connect to a public network for privacy reasons? Maybe your friend ran out of mobile data and you want to help him?


In many different cases, Android hotspot feature provides a way out. Your phone will then use your mobile data connection to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices to connect to. Depending on the quality of your mobile network, this hotspot can be a useful temporary alternative to WiFi. This is how to set up a hotspot on your Android phone.


Setting up a WiFi hotspot

Setting up WiFi hotspot in Android works somewhat similarly to WiFi. You can set your network name and choose a password that you must use on all devices that connect to the hotspot.

Go to Settings

Choose Network and Internet

Click on Hotspot & Connect

Tap Portable Hotspot or Wi-Fi Hotspot

Tap on Hotspot Password and enter a strong password

Change the name of your hotspot if necessary

Turn on the hotspot with the switch

Connect your devices


Keep in mind that the settings menus on Android phones may vary. If you can't find the function with the above steps, you can enter "hotspot" via the search function in settings. Once you change your hotspot settings for the first time, you can activate the hotspot much faster than your phone's quick settings. Swipe down twice on the screen and find the hotspot button in the quick settings. You can also save the network to your connected devices so that they automatically connect when your hotspot is active.


Monitor data usage while using the hotspot

We already wrote that your phone's hotspot function can be a temporary replacement for Wi-Fi, but the word "temporary" is important. You should monitor your data usage while using a hotspot so that you never use more data than what is included in your phone subscription.


So some phone brands have settings that allow you to set a limit on the number of connected devices and data usage for your hotspot. Also use the option in Settings that automatically shuts off your hotspot once no more devices are connected.

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