How to Use WiFi Tethering on Android?
Android smart phones and tablets can be used to access the Internet. Apart from that, these devices can also be used to share their internet connection with other devices through a process called “Tethering”. Android tethering is essentially divided into USB tethering, Bluetooth tethering, and WiFi tethering (WiFi Hotspot).
However, in order to save your time, this informative guide is going to entirely focus on showing you how to use WiFi tethering on Android. Public or free WiFi though surprisingly popular is usually fairly slow and prone to various security threats. This forces most people to purchase costly mobile WiFi router devices in an attempt to share their Internet connection.
You can follow the simple tips provided in this guide to set up your own wireless network instead of spending your hard earned money on such devices. You can then proceed to share your Android tablet or smartphone’s Internet connection with your personal computer or any other device of your choice once you have successfully created your highly secure wireless network.
Step 1. Find “Settings” icon on your Android device, and click on it. Tap on the “Wireless and Networks” settings menu button. Here, you should to notice that “Wireless and Networks” may be hidden on other Android devices and may only be accessed by selecting the “More Settings” option in other devices.
Step 2. Press the “Tethering and Portable Hotspot” menu icon. Here, you can decide to toggle the “Mobile Hotspot” switch on to activate WiFi tethering. However, this will create an insecure wireless network connection that can be easily accessed by any person. You can feel free to proceed with the other steps provided below if you want to secure your wireless network using a secret password of your choice.
Step 3. Tap “Set Up WiFi Hotspot”, and you will be automatically provided with a new pop-up window that is divided into three distinct columns, namely security, network name and Select AP bandwidth.
Note: Simply choose and edit the “Network Name” section to come up with a distinct name that can be used to identify your wireless network.
Step 4. Tap on the “Security” settings icon and then select the “WPA2 PSK” option. Then, create a confidential password that can be used to access your wireless network. Kindly note that you are required to create a unique password with over 8 characters.
Step 5. Tap the “Save” menu button to confirm the WiFi tethering process.
Congratulations! You have successfully created your own wireless network. To share your wireless network, simply activate your android smartphone or tablet’s “WiFi Hotspot” feature and wait for an authorized device to connect to the new network.
It is no secret that some carriers “maliciously” restrict their subscriber’s ability to access the “WiFi hotspot” feature. This is a desperate attempt that is aimed to force such subscribers to pay them before using the WiFi tethering option. However, you can bypass such restrictions simply by rooting your Android device or installing specialized 3rd-party apps.
Android rooting removes any carrier based restrictions that may prevent you from using the WiFi Hotspot feature on your android device. This tutorial section will, however, skip the rooting process and instead show you how to use a reputable third-party app to create your own wireless network on a restricted device.
Hotspot Control is a free android app that can be used to enable the hidden “WiFi Hotspot” feature. This application does not require administrator privileges (root) for it to work. Below are the simple steps to do this.
Step 1. Download the “Hotspot Control” android APK file. As you may have noticed the carriers may prevent you from installing the APK directly from the Google Play Store, hence, downloading its APK file from any other reputable site is a better approach.
Step 2. Install and launch the program on your Android device, then select the “Enable Access Point” settings option. This action will automatically activate the blocked or hidden “WiFi Hotspot” feature. You will then be required to change the name of your wireless network and even secure it by creating a secret password that can only be used to connect to the network as showed in the first tutorial section.
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You are required to constantly monitor your overall data usage now that you have started using the WiFi tethering option. It is also possible for you to visit the “WiFi Hotspot” settings menu to disable any connected device that you no longer wish to access your wireless network. You should disable the WiFi tethering feature when you are not using it as it is known to consume even more power.