Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android

If you don’t know how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, it’s very helpful to learn. This Android feature basically turns your Android phone into a mini independent WiFi router that you can use to connect your other devices when you are on the go. Basically, you’ll never have to deal with spotty train WiFi when you’re trying to get some work done for your commute again. And if your friends run out of data on their phones, you can share yours with them, if you’re feeling generous.

Just because creating an Android hotspot is useful doesn’t mean Android makes it clear that it’s available. So don’t worry if you don’t know – we’ll show you how. Keep in mind that some carriers charge more when using your phone as a hotspot, so remember to contact your carrier in case you accidentally end up with a high phone bill (or check the best cheap mobile plans to get a better package).

Set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android

1. Swipe down on your phone to open the quick settings menu and then tap the hotspot icon† This icon is the dot with two curves around it.

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2. If you don’t see the icon, try tap the pencil icon and see if you can add the hotspot icon to your quick settings† This is useful for quickly setting up your hotspot in the future. You can also check out the step below to get started via Settings.

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3. To set up via Settings, open the Settings app on your phone, tap Connect and sharethen tap Personal HotspotMake sure the Personal Hotspot switch is turned on

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4. It is recommended that you set a password for your network. Tap Hotspot Settings and set a password† To make sure your password is secure, make sure you: view our guide on how to make strong passwords

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5. On the device you want to connect to the hotspot, open your wifi settingsthen select your android phone’s name from the list

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6. If you have set a password to protect your Personal Hotspot, enter the hotspot password on your second device. Then, tap connect

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And that’s it! You have now connected your device to your Android hotspot. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your data usage so you don’t go overboard (or if you have an unlimited plan, browse to your heart’s content).

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