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How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with an Android Phone

The mobile hotspot feature allows your Android phone to share its cellular data connection by creating a Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi devices — computers, laptops, other mobile devices — can then access that Wi-Fi network and use the phone’s cellular data network. The process is referred to as creating a mobile, wireless hotspot, though no fire is involved.

To set up a mobile hotspot with your phone, heed these steps:

  1. Turn off the Wi-Fi radio.

    There’s no point in creating a Wi-Fi hotspot when one is already available.

  2. Plug the phone into a power source.

    The mobile hotspot feature can draw a lot of power.

  3. From the App menu, open the Mobile Hotspot app.

    The app may have another name, such as 4G Hotspot or 3G Hotspot.

    Upon opening the app, you may see text describing the process. If so, dismiss the text.

  4. Touch the box to place a green check mark by the Mobile Hotspot item.

  5. Touch the OK button to dismiss the warning.

  6. If you’re prompted, accept the terms and conditions to subscribe to the service that gives your phone mobile hotspot abilities.

  7. Name your mobile hotspot and change its password, if you so desire.

    If you’ve not yet set up a mobile hotspot, you need to supply some information, such as the name of your hotspot and the password. You can change the name and password provided or keep them as is.

    Make a note of the password. You need it to log in to the mobile hotspot.

  8. Touch the OK button or the Save button to save your settings and start the hotspot.

    You’re done.

When the mobile hotspot is active, you see the Hotspot Active notification icon appear. You can then access the hotspot by using any computer or mobile device that has Wi-Fi capabilities.

To turn off the mobile hotspot, open the Mobile Hotspot app and remove the green check mark.

  • The range for the mobile hotspot is about 30 feet. Items such as walls and tornados can interfere with the signal, rendering it much shorter.

  • Data usage fees apply when you use the mobile hotspot, and they’re on top of the fee your cellular provider may charge for the basic service. These fees can add up quickly.

  • Don’t forget to turn off the mobile hotspot when you’re done using it.

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