How to use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

How to use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot

How many times have you been caught with the need to do something on your laptop when you’re out and about, but you don’t want to drop five bucks for a coffee to suck up some ”free” Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: just use your phone as a wireless router and share your phone’s data plan with your laptop, tablet, friend’s phone or even a desktop computer. Many phones are capable of operating as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot – the layout and options may just be a little different for allowing you to share Wi-Fi.

As unlimited data plans and LTE become more common and we lead increasingly mobile lives, it’s good to know a solid internet connection for your laptop is never further away than your pocket. It’s surprisingly simple to set up the ability to share data, and once you’ve used it a couple of times you’ll wonder why you ever thought an actual Wi-Fi hotspot was ever necessary. Just go to Settings > More > Tethering and Portable Hotspot. Here you’ll find a bunch of options you’ve probably never looked at before, and you’ll also find out that sharing Wi-Fi connection on Android is easy.

In case you’ve never checked it out, just go to Settings > More > Tethering and Portable Hotspot. / © AndroidPIT

How to share data with USB Tethering

The first entry, USB Tethering allows you to use your phone’s data connection with a USB cable. This means you can charge your phone at the same time as sharing a stable data connection with, say, your laptop. It will most likely be grayed out but when you connect your phone to another device or computer via USB, it’ll…

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