How to use your Android as a portable hotspot [Android 201]

If you’re ever in a pinch to access the Internet and you don’t have Wifi available, there’s something you can do to fix that. Your phone can be used as a mobile hotspot to power other devices that usually require a Wifi connection. We’ll show you how to set it up!

KEEP IN MIND: Not all Android phones are the same. Some will have more steps required to complete each task, others will have less. At AndroidGuys, we will do our best to walk you through each task as well as we can.

Before we begin, take caution, and use this sparingly. Most mobile data providers don’t make this cheap by any means, so check out the price before you go overboard.

Turn on mobile hotspot

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First, head to your Settings menu. The Tethering & portable hotspot option will be in a different place on everyone’s device… you may need to look around a bit. On our device, we selected More…, then scrolled down to Tethering & portable hotspot. You’ll see an option to turn on your portable hotspot, so make sure the box is checked. Once checked, you should see a notice in your notification shade that it’s turned on.

Set up your hotspot name and password

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Click on the notice in your notification shade, and your device will prompt you to set up the Wifi name and password. Name it anything you’d like, and set a password that can’t be cracked easily. Once done, select Save and it has been set up!

Connect devices

Once set up, connecting devices is very easy – your portable hotspot acts just like Wifi. Take whichever device you’d like to connect, go to the Wifi settings, and select your newly-added hotspot. Type in the password, and you should be connected!

Just remember, all devices are different, so there may be a step or two added to this process. But in a pinch, hopefully this tutorial can help you out a bit.

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