In our previous post, we explained how to share internet from your laptop to smartphone and other devices without using any software. In this article we are going to show you how to share your smartphone’s internet connection with your other devices. It’s very simple, a built-in feature called ‘tethering’ allows you to turn your smartphone into a portable WiFi hotspot. Once you’ve turned tethering on, any device with a wireless onnection can connect to the internet via your smartphone’s internet connection. Almost all smartphones support tethering, including the iPhone, Android phones, Windows phone, BlackBerries, Firefox phones, etc.
How to use smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot
Wi-Fi tethering means the same thing no matter what smartphone OS you are using. The only difference is how you enable it on each platform.
How to Turn on Portable WiFi Hotspot On Android :
1. Go to the Settings screen, tap the More option under “Wireless & Networks”.
2. Tap Tethering & portable hotspot and click the check mark beside it to turn on the hotspot and your phone will start acting like a wireless access point.
3. To configure your phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot (SSID and password), Tap the Set up Wi-Fi hotspot option.
Your Phone will now appear as a nearby wireless network. On any device with a Wi-Fi connection, open the list of networks and choose your device in the list. Then you’ll be asked for a password. Enter the password. Your device will connect.
How to Turn on Personal Hotspot on iPhone :
1. Tap Settings > Cellular.
2. Tap Personal Hotspot and then turn it on.
You need to set a Wi-Fi password to set up a Personal Hotspot. You can change the Wi-Fi password by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and then tapping the Wi-Fi password. Choose a Wi-Fi password that’s at least eight characters long and use ASCII characters.
No Personal Hotspot feature on iPhone ? If you don’t see the option for Personal Hotspot, ask your carrier if you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.
How to Share your connection on Windows Phone:
1. In the App list, tap Settings > Internet sharing.
2. Tap Share over, then tap WiFi.
3. Set Sharing to On.
- Be careful that you do not exceed any data use limits on your smartphone data plan.
- Tethering drains your smartphone’s battery life. When you’re done, disable the Hotspot feature to save battery life.