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How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with Your Android Tablet

The best way to share a digital cellular connection with the most people is to set up your own Android tablet wireless mobile hotspot. Carefully heed these steps:

  1. Turn off the tablet’s Wi-Fi radio.

    You can’t be using a Wi-Fi connection when you create a Wi-Fi hotspot. Actually, the notion is kind of silly: If the tablet can get a Wi-Fi signal, other gizmos can too, so why bother creating a Wi-Fi hotspot in the first place?

  2. If you can, plug in your Android tablet.

    It’s okay if you don’t find a power outlet, but running a mobile hotspot draws a lot of power.

  3. From the Apps screen, open the Settings app.

  4. Choose Mobile Hotspot.

    The item may also be titled Tethering & Mobile Hotspot, and it may also be lurking on the More menu. If you don’t see that item, or it can’t be readily found, your tablet most likely lacks the capability to form a Wi-Fi hotspot.

    If you can’t find a Mobile Hotspot item on the Settings screen, also look for a Mobile Hotspot app.

  5. Activate the mobile hotspot.

    You may have to slide a switch or touch an icon or a button to activate the setting.

You can continue to use the tablet while it’s sharing the digital cellular connection, but other devices can now use their Wi-Fi radio to access the shared connection.

To turn off the mobile hotspot, repeat the steps above, but disable the Mobile Hotspot in Step 5.

  • You can change the mobile hotspot configuration by touching the Configure button at the top of the Mobile Hotspot window.

  • The range for the mobile hotspot is about 30 feet.

  • Some cellular providers may not allow you to create a mobile hotspot unless you pay an extra service fee on your cellular contract.

  • Don’t forget to turn off the mobile hotspot when you’re done using it. Those data rates add up quickly!

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