How To Use A Phone As A Hotspot On Android & iOS


In this brief blog post, I will thoroughly explain how to use a phone as a hotspot. This is something that will come in handy from time to time.

How To Use A Phone As A Hotspot

Why Would Someone Want To Use A Phone As A Hotspot?


If you find yourself in a situation where you need a Wi-Fi connection, but you don’t have one, you can get some help from your smartphone.


If you set up a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can transform your phone into a wireless internet router that can provide internet that can be used by other phones, tablets, and laptops.


This is a simple process that can be done in less than 2 minutes. The great thing about this is the fact that most of the major cell phone carriers offer tethering services.


However, your ability to create Wi-Fi hotspots will vary depending on your data allowance and your service plan.


You must be aware that tethering consumes data and battery life. If you plan on using hotspot mode regularly and you don’t have a phone with amazing battery life, you should consider getting a battery case for your phone.


If you need to stay connected for extended periods of time you should consider using a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot.


Using A Phone As A Hotspot On Android:


This process will vary on Android phones depending on the make and model of your phone and what version of the Android operating system is running on the phone.


However, you can go to settings and perform a search for tether and it will appear. If you would like to deactivate hotspot mode, you must navigate back to the settings and toggle the buttons to off.


Using A Phone As A Hotspot On Samsung:


The photos below will show you what it looks like on the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus which runs on the Android 9.0 operating system.


To use a Samsung phone as a hotspot you should follow the directions below:


  • Go to Settings
  • Connections
  • Mobile Hotspot and Tethering
  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Toggle the button to on


Then a window appears in which you can find the Wi-Fi password for devices that would like to connect.


How To Use A Phone As A Hotspot On Samsung


Using A Phone As A Hotspot On iOS:


To set up a personal hotspot on an iPad or iPhone you must do the following:


  • Go to Settings
  • Personal Hotspot toggle it on


However, if you do not see Personal Hotspot in Settings you should tap Cellular + Personal Hotspot.


How To Use A Phone As A Hotspot On iOS


Then open the Wi-Fi menu on the device that you would like to connect to the internet. Find your iOS device for example, John’s iPhone. You must tap it then enter the password which appears on the Personal Hotspot screen of your iPhone.


After following these steps, you will be able to surf the web while consuming mobile data. If you would like to disconnect you must toggle the Personal Hotspot button to off on your device.


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