A smartphone can be many things for you, it can be your alarm clock, your health monitoring device and in recent times, it can even act as your Wi-Fi. In case your main internet cable is down, your mobile hotspot can be a life savior. You can turn it on and get Wi-Fi on your computer to do as you please. We understand some of you might be looking for an easy and effective way of setting up mobile hotspot on your Android phone. In the course of this article, we are going to teach you how to setup mobile hotspot on your Android phone.
Note: Before converting your phone into a Wi-Fi device, we recommend that you check with your mobile data providers. There are some mobile carriers that charge extra for tethering. So, don’t forget to check with them first.
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Before we start
Before we get down to the tutorial, you need to know that almost all the latest mobiles have inbuilt hotspot feature. If you have GPe phone or Nexus or any other unlocked phone, you won’t be needing a third-party application for enabling hotspot on your Android phone. However, if you have an older phone, let’s say pre-KitKat, you will be needed in a third-party app. Fox-Fi is among our favorite third-party apps for converting your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi device.
Setting Up Mobile Hotspot on Android Phones
We plan to keep things simple and effective for you. The thing is, if you are running stock Android, you are bound to have a hotspot button on your device. You might be able to find in in Quick Settings, or you will be able to see it in the Settings of your phone. If you are running Lollipop, you will find hotspot option in the Quick Setting preview.
Using the button in the Quick Setting is perhaps the fastest way of turning it on or off, but there are certain configuration settings that need to be performed before you use the button.
- Go to Settings of your phone.
- There, look for the Wireless & Network section and then hit the More button option. It is located right below the Data Usage option.
- Now tap on the Tethering and portable hotspot option.
- Once done, select the Setup Wi-Fi Hotspot button.
- You would have to provide the Network name. You might be familiar with it by the name SSID, this is the name that will be able for everyone to see. For this example, we are using “FreeWiFi”
- Now that the name is finalized, the next step is to select a Security Type. We highly recommend that you opt for the WPA2 AES. In case AES is not available the other best option is PSK. However, if you want anyone to access your internet, you don’t have to select any type of Security.
- In case you have selected a security type, you now have to enter a password. By default, there are some phones that have self-generated. You can keep that or you can make your own.
- The hard part is over, now all you are left with is turning on or off the hotspot button from the Quick View Settings or the Settings of your phone.
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Note: Try to keep the Network Name as simple as possible, however, the Network password, on the other hand, should be complicated.
In case you are looking for a third-party application for mobile hotspot, you can take our word that nothing is better than Fox-Fi. All you have to do is download this app, set a name and a password for your mobile hotspot and you are good to go.
Open Garden is turning out to be the best provider of several apps and services that are mostly concerned with internet connectivity on your Android devices. The app operates mostly on Bluetooth, but it does make a peer to peer mesh between your and several other devices. Besides this, it is an excellent hotspot app too.
There are numerous other apps that offer services similar to the above-mentioned apps. Do not think they are the only one available, however, we did have good experience with them. So, in case you have an app that you find to be excellent, we would highly recommend that you let us know in the comments below.
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