How to Turn Android Phones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
Since the release of version 2.2 of Android, the ability to turn phones into Wi-Fi hotspots has been included with each phone. However, wireless carriers are free to modify the stock Android software to change or limit features. The Wi-Fi Hotspot feature is disabled on Sprint phones and replaced with the "Sprint Mobile Hotspot" application and adds a monthly charge for the service. Verizon Wireless keeps the standard Android functionality, but only enables a data connection for phones using the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature if an extra fee is paid. Check with your wireless provider for details regarding charges you might accrue if using the Wi-Fi Hotspot feature.
Open the application launcher on your Android phone. Find the application provided by your mobile carrier for creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. For example, Sprint uses the "Sprint Hotspot" app and Verizon uses the "3G Mobile Hotspot" application. Tap the icon for the hotspot app.
Give your new Wi-Fi hotspot a name you and other users will recognize. Enable security and set a password for your network you can securely share with everyone who will log onto the hotspot.
Open the wireless connection manager on your computer and select the name of the network you created. Enter the password and connect to the network.
Tips & Warnings
- Disable the Wi-Fi hotspot when you aren't using it to save battery life on your Android phone.
- Speeds will vary depending on the connection your phone has. Typically, connection speeds won't be as good as a standard network, but they are acceptable for some work on the go. This isn't designed as a replacement for a home or business network connection.
- Wireless phone providers have different fees and usage agreements. Some will allow unlimited usage while others will limit you to a certain amount of data per month. Know your usage agreement and any charges that may apply before using the hotspot feature.