Setting up your Android phone’s hotspot is quite simple: all you need to do is open the Settings app and tap Network & Internet. The Network and Internet section contains all the settings related to your phone’s mobile Internet, calls and text messaging, Wi-Fi and portable hotspot functionality, you name it. With just a few clicks, you can broadcast a Wi-Fi signal that allows your other devices to connect to the internet using your phone’s data plan.
- Tap on the “Hotspot & tethering” option.
- Select “Wi-Fi hotspot”.
- In the menu that opens, tap the toggle next to “Use Wi-Fi hotspot.”
And that’s all. Now you can connect other devices to your Android phone’s hotspot by turning on Wi-Fi and selecting the phone’s network from the available options (via Google). You can also change your hotspot name and set a password by changing the security level. In the Wi-Fi access point menu, you will see an option that says “Access point name”. Tap on it and edit it by typing the new name. Once you’re done, your phone’s hotspot will appear on your other devices with the name you set.
If you don’t want other people joining your hotspot and using up your data allowance, tap security and select WPA2-Personal. Now tap on “Access Point Password” and change the password to something you will remember. For those unfamiliar with these terms, WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access and is an encryption technology that helps secure your mobile wireless network. By default, the password is a random combination of words and letters. Once the password is set, you will need it to access the hotspot from any device.