How to Turn Your Phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

Mobile phone provides a cheaper, reliable and highly portable source of Internet whether you are at home, travelling or abroad. Moreover, it allows you to connect a few other devices such as laptops, iPad or tablets; it all depends on your data plan. Turning your mobile phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot is an easy and a straight-forward activity. So, how do we go about it? Here we discuss the procedure to follow for Windows, Android, IOS and BlackBerry phones.

Turning a Windows phone into a Wireless hotspot

Windows phone have different releases e.g. Windows phone 7.5, 8 and 8.1, but the process is exactly the same. The only difference is that Windows 8.x allows you to attach up to 8 devices. To turn it on, do the following;

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Internet Sharing.
  3. Flip Sharing to on.
  4. On the screen that follows, you will be asked to enter your preferred login credentials. You can choose to change or keep the defaults, just note your password and click done.

Now take out your tablet or laptop and connect by clicking on the SSID or Broadcast name of your hotspot and entering the password that you configured to use. Rejoice.

Creating a Wireless hotspot with an Android phone

There are multiple ways of turning an Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, some includes installing some widgets from Google Play Store that claim they will enable you to create and connect to wireless networks. But follow the following procedure to set everything up on your device without having to download or install anything;

  1. Go to Settings and tap on ‘More’.
  2. Under Wireless and networks click on ‘Tethering and portable hotspot’.
  3. Click on ‘Set up Wi-Fi hotspot’.
  4. On the following screen, you will be prompted to enter a Network SSID, Security and Password. For the Network SSID you can enter your preferred name or leave the default “AndroidAp”, for the Security select the WPA2 option since it offers more security and then create a strong password that is easy for you to remember.

Note that the exact menu names may vary between different devices.

Making a Wi-Fi hotspot for IOS

For IPhone users;

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Click on ‘Cellular’ option.
  3. Click ‘Set Up Personal Hotspot’. Enter your preferred settings.
  4. Now flip the ‘Personal Hotspot’ button to on.

Voila, you are ready to connect your devices.

Wi-Fi set up on BlackBerry phones

For BlackBerry users;

  1. From the home screen click on Manage Connections.
  2. Tap on ‘Set Up Wi-Fi Network’ and enter your preferred settings.
  3. Now select the Network and Connections.
  4. Tap on ‘Mobile Hotspot’ and flip the button labelled ‘Mobile Hotspot’ to on.

You are all set up and remember to turn your Wi-Fi hotspot off when not in use.

It is worth noting that some service providers may charge extra to create a hotspot and you are likely to get slow speeds depending on the strength of your data connection and number of devices that you connect since the overall bandwidth is shared among those devices. So, it is important to avoid connecting too many devices.

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9 Responses

  1. danielpremsukh says:

    Go to settings>more>tethering and portable hotspot>there u can turn it on or change the settings before u turn it on………….

  2. urgableh says:

    Thanks for the full step by step procedure. Some of my friends don’t have any mobile data, so having this really helps me help them. It’s always good to share the internet. 🙂 Although I am not exactly sure how much of my data they are using. Scrolling through some feeds don’t use that much do they?

    • jimmy says:

      Its awesome that you’re sharing your internet, but be cautious about the amount being consumed by your friends. Data is a very valuable thing and is highly needed. It is alright if you have the unlimited data plan option, but making your phone into a portable hotspot can use a lot of your personal data. Hope this helps$

  3. michwest14 says:

    Wouldn’t this make your data usage sky rocket? I don’t understand the point of creating a wifi hot spot for others to use unless you had unlimited data I guess. However this is a very well written how-to article! It is very clear and easy to follow.

  4. Arif says:

    I only see this to be super useful if you need to use very little data or have the grandfathered unlimited data plan. I have found having a hotspot being very useful when you need that internet connection when there isn’t any available wifi nearby. This tutorial is very easy to understand and a good article.

  5. Jamie says:

    I typically like to use this if it is really needed. Sometimes, phone providers give you the idea that your data is “unlimited”, but when using your hotspot, you find out that your data is truly not unlimited. It can be a little upsetting once you do use up all your data, you get the slow spinning circle on your screen. This is a great tutorial however!

  6. Lloyd says:

    I have an ipad that only connects to wifi and using my iphone as a wifi hotspot is really convenient.

  7. AshwinMahesh says:

    Just a word of caution here though, whenever you turn your WiFi hotspot on even if your smartphone is connected to a nearby WiFi signal, it drops that connection and connect to the internet via your mobile service provider. And unless you have an unlimited data connection this isn’t advisable, else how are you going to control how much data is used by the person who is connected to your hotspot signal.

    I have also come across that in some regions phone manufactures are required to disable WiFi hotspot option because they realised it has an adverse impact on the wired broadband market.

  8. greenlady5 says:

    I use wi-fi hotspot almost every day. It usually happens that some of my friends has already spent the monthly mobile data and then my hotspot helps. I find it very useful since the Internet became an inevitable part of our lives.
    However, I don’t have unlimited mobile data, so I’m always cautious about sharing my mobile data.

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