If you’re stuck in a scenario where you want a Wi-Fi connection, but can’t get it any place else, odds are your smartphone can provide this for you. By creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can turn your cell phone into a source for internet that laptops, tablets, and other phones can utilise.
It may sound complicated, but you can be hooked up with just a few taps. The majority of the primary providers offer tethering services, although your ability to generate a Wi-Fi hotspot relies on your service plan and data allowance.
The main thing to remember: tethering consumes battery life in addition to data. Buying a battery extending case is a good idea if you intend to use hotspot mode often.
If you’re ready to tether, here’s how to transform your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot With iOS Devices
To set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and toggle it on (if you don’t see Personal Hotspot in Settings, tap Cellular > Personal Hotspot). Make note of the Wi-Fi password.
Open the Wi-Fi menu on the device you need to connect to the internet. Look for your iOS device (ex: PCMag’s iPhone), tap it, and enter the password that appears on your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot screen.
Your secondary device should now be able to surf the web (and consume mobile data). To disconnect, toggle Personal Hotspot to off on your iOS device.
Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot With Android Devices
How you access Wi-Fi hotspots on Android phones will depend on which device you have and which version of Android you’re running. If you navigate to Settings and search for “tether,” it should appear, but here’s an idea of what it looks like on some of the top Android phone brands. To deactivate hotspot mode, navigate back to these settings and toggle them off.
Below you can see what it looks like on a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android 9.0 Pie. You can either pull down and tap the Mobile Hotspot option in the menu to activate. Or navigate to Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering > Mobile Hotspot and toggle it on. A pop-up window will appear, where you can find the Wi-Fi password for devices that want to connect.
To turn on tethering on a Moto Z4 running Android Pie, navigate to Settings > Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering. Here, you can select to share a connection via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.
For a Wi-Fi connection, tap Wi-Fi hotspot and toggle it on. The hotspot name will be displayed on this screen. Tap Advanced > Hotspot password for the password.
Pull down from the top of the screen and select Settings > Tethering. Then toggle the Wi-Fi hotspot switch to on.
Pull down from the top of the screen and navigate to Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & Tethering > Wi-Fi Hotspot, and toggle the switch to on. The hotspot name and password will then be visible.
Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then select Settings > Wi-Fi & internet > Hotspot & Tethering and make sure the switch up top is toggled on.
Navigate to Settings > Wireless & networks >Tethering & portable hotspot > Portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Choose Configure Wi-Fi hotspot to set a name, security setting, and password for your hotspot, then tap Save.