Although using your Android smartphone as the only Internet source is not preferable, you can turn your Android phone into a hotspot. For example, if your home internet connection goes down, a hotspot can be life-saving.
In this post, we'll show you how to create an Android hotspot with your Android phone, a mobile hotspot. Should we start?
How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot on Android
You've probably seen it sometime the Hotspot button in the quick-view drawer of your device. While this is the fastest and easiest way to turn your mobile hotspot on and off, you should take a moment to make the settings.
To configure a hotspot connection on Android:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select the Network and Internet option.
- Select Hotspot & Tethering.
- Tap Wi-Fi hotspot.
- On this page, you can enable and disable the hotspot feature, change the network name, security type, password, and so on.
- Follow the instructions to customize the hotspot feature to your liking.
The difficult part is over. All you have to do is activate the hotspot function. In the settings, there is a handy switch to do this, or you can use the quick settings of the notification window.
Note that smart phone manufacturers often add their own UI elements. This often means moving settings and options. This guide is based on the standard menu for Android settings in a Google Pixel 3 XL. Depending on which device you own, things can be a little different, but it should be quite similar.
Setting up a mobile hotspot with a third-party app
Each newer smartphone should have built-in hotspot capabilities. However, this has not been the norm in the past. If you are using older smartphones, there may not be a tethering / hotspot option available. In that case, you may be dependent on using a third-party app.
One of our preferred options is PdaNet +, while Open Garden is an interesting alternative to the typical hotspot method.
The Google Play Store has a number of great apps that offer these and similar hotspot and tethering services. Remember, it's best to use the standard Android or Carrier tool. Third-party options are available to the few who still need such services.
Also, be aware of security when using a mobile hotspot. You should be able to trust the hotspot you created. However, if you connect to other networks, you can consider a VPN proxy service. We've already seen a number, including Hotspot Shield.
How to Create an Android Hotspot. Do you have other methods that you prefer? Let us know in the comments!