In this digital mobile world, internet connection is essential for many of us for doing daily chores. You may not be able to pay bills, chat with your friends and read emails when your phone does not have internet connection. It could be due to your router problem in the house or you might have forgot to recharge your mobile data. Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot is an instant solution that someone can help you to connect to internet though their connection. Likewise, you can also share your mobile phone’s internet connection via a Wi-Fi hotspot with others. In this article, we will explain how to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Android phones and other considerations while using hotspot.
Some Example Cases for Using Wi-Fi Hotspot
When internet connection is not available, the immediate solution come to mind is to find a free Wi-Fi hotspot. You can go to a coffee shop or a shopping mall and connect to public network. However, this may not work all the time as you may need to walk away from the current location to find the free Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. In addition, connecting to public wireless network is not advisable when you want to access emails or do financial transactions. The best available option is to ask one of your friends or colleagues to create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Android phones and use it to connect to the internet.
Here are some cases where Wi-Fi hotspot can save your life:
- You travelled to a different country for a conference or seminar. Suddenly, your internet connection is disconnected due to roaming or data problem. In this case, any of your collogues can create a Wi-Fi hotspot on their mobile phone and share with you.
- Generally, you will share the Wi-Fi password when a guest wants to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. In this case, you may need to change your Wi-Fi password later so that the guest cannot connect to your Wi-Fi. However, the clever way to share your home Wi-Fi is to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone and share it with your guest. In this way, you don’t need to share the password and you can turn the hotspot off when it is not needed.
- Finally, when you have problem in connecting to Wi-Fi through your PC, it is easy to use your own phone’s internet through Wi-Fi hotspot. In fact, you can share internet connection of your Android phone with any devices like iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Creating Wi-Fi hotspot in Android Phone
Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot in an Android phone is straightforward process.
- Make sure your phone is connected to your preferred internet connection (mobile data or Wi-Fi).
- Swipe your finger down from the top of the phone screen to open the quick access settings.
- Again, swipe it down once more to open a comprehensive view of the icons. More buttons can be brought on the screen by swiping left.
- Find the “Hotspot” in the tray and press it for a long time to open the settings. Note that simply tapping will only turn on the hotspot. However, if it is your first time, you won’t know the name and password for your hotspot. So, press and long hold to open the settings page.
Change the Name of Wi-Fi Hotspot
There is a slide button on the setting page to turn the Wi-Fi hotspot on. Before doing that, have a look at the name of the hotspot and remember the name. The person who wants to connect to this hotspot will find this name on the list of available Wi-Fi networks on his or her phone. You can change the name of your hotspot by tapping it and entering with your favorite name. You can create multiple hotspots when you want to use for specific purposes with different person or group.
Security Setting for Wi-Fi Hotspot
Security is an important option to consider when you want to share hotspot with others. Tap on “Security” option to display the list of security protocols currently available on your phone. Security protocols are used for secure wireless connection and the list of available protocols depend on your phone and Android version. Choose the security standard carefully because some older devices may not be able to connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot with the latest security standard like WPA2. In that case, choose an older version like WPA or WEP if available. Suppose there is still an issue connecting to your mobile hotspot, select “None” for your hotspot, although it is not advisable.
Set or Change Password
There is an option “Hotspot password” on the Wi-Fi hotspot settings screen and tap on it to view the password. If required, you can also change it to a different password. Anyone who wants to connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot will be required to enter this password. You can change the password, but make sure your password is at least 8 characters long. The length of the password also depends on the security standard you choose for your hotspot.
Turning off Hotspot Automatically and Extended Compatibility
There are two on/off buttons at the bottom of the settings page.
- One is “Turn off hotspot automatically.” If you keep turn this on, your mobile hotspot will turn off if no devices are connected. It is highly recommended to keep it on for security and to save your phone’s battery.
- The second option button is “Extend compatibility,” which you can use to increase the compatibility for discovering your hotspot. Though this helps other devices to find your hotspot, it will reduce the connection speed. You can keep this option on for maximum compatibility, especially when the person you want to share could not find your hotspot name.
How Can a Person Connect to Your Wi-Fi Hotspot?
Once you are done with all the settings, turn the “Use Wi-Fi hotspot” on. Now, this hotspot should appear in the available Wi-Fi network list on other’s phones. You can share the password so that the person should be able to connect and use the internet through your phone. You can also share the Wi-Fi hotspot through a QR code. When you turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot on the configuration screen, a QR code icon will appear next to the name of Wi-Fi hotspot. Tap the icon, and upon verification, your phone will display the QR code of your phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot.
Now your friend will open the internet settings of their phone. Below the list of Wi-Fi networks, there is a QR code icon in front of the “Add network.” Tapping the QR code icon will open the scanner. Let your friend scan your QR code to connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot.
Beware of Your Phone’s Battery
Remember that turning on Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone will increase the consumption of your phone’s battery. Avoid using or sharing hotspot if your phone is running on low battery. You can also turn it off quickly by going into the quick setting button palette and tapping the “Hotspot” once. If you want to share it again, tap it once, and it will be available immediately. All the previous Wi-Fi settings, including the password, will remain the same.
Creating Bluetooth Tethering in Android Phone
The purpose of the Wi-Fi hotspot is to share the internet connection with other devices. Anyone can connect and use the internet from your phone as long as they have the password of your Wi-Fi hotspot. However, creating a Wi-Fi hotspot is not the only way to wirelessly share your internet with others. Bluetooth tethering is another convenient method to share your internet with other devices through Wi-Fi or mobile data connection.
- Go to “Settings > Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering > Bluetooth tethering” in your phone.
- Turn on Bluetooth tethering from the list of available options.
- Now, pair the person’s phone to whom you want to share internet connection through your phone. When the devices are paired successfully with Bluetooth, the person should be able to use your internet connection.
- On some old Android phones, the person must tap on the connected phone settings and turn on “Internet access.”
Which One is Better: Wi-Fi Hotspot or Bluetooth Tethering?
It depends on the situation to decide which option is better: Wi-Fi hotspot or Bluetooth tethering.
- While a Wi-Fi hotspot provides a high-speed connection, speed will be slightly slower in Bluetooth tethering.
- A Wi-Fi hotspot is more suitable to share your phone’s internet connection with many devices. Bluetooth tethering is inappropriate for sharing with many devices as pairing multiple devices can make the connection unstable.
- If you want to share the internet connection with a device for an extended period, Bluetooth tethering is favorable because it drains the phone’s battery slower than a Wi-Fi hotspot.