How to Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

How to Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

What is Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi stands for wireless fidelity. It's a wireless networking technology that allows Wi-Fi enabled gadgets to access the internet without using any cable. Some of the conventional devices are Wi-Fi enabled includes computers (desktops and laptops), printers, smartphones, and modern television sets, among others. The internet connectivity of Wi-Fi compatible devices is made possible by connecting to a router.  

What is a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

Wi-Fi hotspot is a physical location that has an accessible wireless network.  

There are three types of Wi-Fi hotspots: 

1. Free Wi-Fi hotspots.

These are Wi-Fi hotspots in public places such as airports, restaurants, shopping malls, and other public places. 

2. Paid hotspots.

With paid Wi-Fi hotspots, you have to pay to access the internet via the hotspot. 

3. Portable hotspot.

If you don’t want to rely on public Wi-Fi, whether it is free or paid, you can move with your mobile Wi-Fi device. This could be a mini-router or your phone turner into a Wi-Fi hotspot. 


How Do You Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot? 

 Your smartphone can be a source of internet for your laptop, smart TV, tablet, and other smartphones around you. Here is how to create a Wi-Fi hotspot via your phone; 

1. Activate the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot

Head to the setting button on your android phone. Find the network and internet feature; this may differ from one model to another. Activate the tethering and portable option. You will find a switch that you will have to tap it on to activate the Wi-Fi option. 

2. Set Up Your Mobile Hotspot

Once you activate it, you will get a prompt to change your Wi-Fi security settings. This allows you to give your portable Wi-Fi network a name (Name that will be assigned to your mobile Wi-Fi). Set up the password to restrict the number of devices that can use your private network. Wi-Fi compatible devices can now see your Wi-Fi network but cannot log into to access the internet. 

3. Turn on Data

Turn on your data switch. Activating your Wi-Fi feature, setting-up the name and password without switching on your data is similar to a router with no internet connection. Activate your mobile data to share an internet connection with other devices and people if you so wish.  

4. Connect to Wi-Fi

With the hotspot on and internet access active, you can now connect your Wi-Fi enabled devices. Turn on Wi-Fi feature on the devices, search for your set Wi-Fi name, key in your password, and be ready to surf.  

What are the Advantages of Turning Your Wi-Fi Into a Hotspot? 

  • You enjoy internet access with your smart devices wherever you are and anytime you want to. 
  • If sharing with friends, you can limit the number of users and their internet consumption.
  • It is safe compared to the free public Wi-Fi and the paid Wi-Fi hotspot as well. With the increase in cyber theft cases, people are losing their credible information to cybercriminals. Avoid being a victim by using your phone as a private Wi-Fi hotspot. 


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