If your Internet connection goes down, or you find yourself in a situation where a smartphone is your only connection to the web, turning it into a Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. The process is simple and straight-forward, but you still need to know where to go. Here’s a look at how to use phone as Wi-Fi hotspot on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
How to use phone as Wi-Fi hotspot
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on the Android phone:
- On your phone go to Settings > More > Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot. The exact menu names can vary slightly on some phones, but if you can get to the wireless settings section, that’s generally where you need to be.
- Next, you’ll see a few different tethering options. Also the capability of giving your hotspot strong encryption in case you’re in a public location. The Network SSID will default to AndroidAP but you can change that and a password to something that is secure but also easy to remember.
- This method may require a tethering plan with your carrier – and it most definitely will if you live in the US. There are also lots of third-party apps in Google Play that will let you bypass a tethering plan, but you’ll want to remember that they likely violate your wireless agreement with your carrier.
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on iPhone:
- On your iPhone go to Settings > Cellular and then tap to turn Personal Hotspot on.
- After a while it will automatically turn off if no devices are connected to it. But you can easily turn it back on in the same section. On iOS 7 you’ll also be able to monitor how much data has been used.
- This will also require a tethering plan if you live in the US. The App Store doesn’t have any plan-bypassing hotspot apps, but if you jailbreak your iPhone you’ll find a similar selection to what you’ll find on Android.
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows Phone:
- To set it up on your phone go to Settings > internet sharing and flip Sharing to On.
- Then on the next screen you can keep the default login credentials or change them to something easier to remember.
- On Start, swipe over to the All apps list, then select Settings > Network & wireless > Mobile hotspot.
- For Share my cellular data connection over, choose Wi-Fi.
- Select Edit > type a new network name and password > Save.
- Turn on Share my cellular data connection with other devices. Wi-Fi can’t be used when mobile hotspot is turned on.
- To connect on the other device, go to the Wi-Fi settings on that device, find your network name, select it, enter the password, and then connect.