Here’s how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, so you can stay connected wherever you go. Just because creating an Android hotspot is useful, that doesn’t mean Android makes it obvious that it’s available. So don’t worry if you don’t know — we’ll show you how it’s done.
Wi-Fi is a family of wireless network protocols, based on the IEEE 802.11 family of standards, which are commonly used for local area networking of devices and Internet access, allowing nearby digital devices to exchange data by radio waves. These are the most widely used computer networks in the world, used globally in home and small office networks to link desktop and laptop computers, tablet computers, smartphones, smart TVs, printers, and smart speakers together and to a wireless router to connect them to the Internet, and in wireless access points in public places like coffee shops, hotels, libraries and airports to provide the public Internet access for mobile devices.
Wi‑Fi is a trademark of the non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance, which restricts the use of the term Wi-Fi Certified to products that successfully complete interoperability certification testing. As of 2017, the Wi-Fi Alliance consisted of more than 800 companies from around the world. As of 2019, over 3.05 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices are shipped globally each year.
How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android
- Swipe down on your phone to open the quick settings menu, then tap the hotspot icon. This icon is the dot with two curves surrounding it.
- If you don’t see the icon, try tapping 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. Alternatively, see the step below to get started via Settings.
- To set up via Settings, open the Settings app on your phone, tap Connection and sharing, then tap Personal hotspot. Ensure the Personal hotspot toggle is switched on.
- It is advisable to set up a password for you network. Tap Hotspot settings and set a password. To ensure your password is secure
- On the device you’d like to connect to the hotspot, open your Wi-Fi settings, then select your Android phone’s name from the list.
- If you’ve set up a password to protect your personal hotspot, enter the hotspot password on your second device. Then, tap connect.
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