Share internet connection via Wi-Fi hotspot on Android phone

At times you may feel like to share your internet connection or cellular data with other users or between different devices of your own. Luckily there are various ways you can do that. On Android phones, you can share internet connection from mobile to laptop or other devices with WiFi hotspot, bluetooth tethering or USB tethering. For instance, you can refer to this tutorial to share internet on Samsung mobile via Bluetooth, follow the steps to share mobile data on Xiaomi phone via Bluetooth, or following guide to share internet on mobile phones via Bluetooth for more Android powered smartphones.

Except Bluetooth tethering and USB tethering, portable Wi-Fi hotspot provides another easy way to share internet connection from Android to PC or from Android to another Android. Personal hotspot turns your phone into a virtual hotspot so other Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to your phone wirelessly and share the connection with upto 8 devices at once.

Steps to share internet connection via wi-fi hotspot on Android phone

On the first Android phone, enable celluar data. Then open the Settings on your mobile phone and select the More option under Wireless and Network. Tap on the option Tethering and portable hotspot or Mobile network sharing (the name might differ on different phones or models), find and enable the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot, Portable WLAN hotspot (again the name might differ on different phones or models). When enable Wi-fi hotspot on Android, you may change the SSID name and set a password for extra security.

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Now go to the second Android phone or a PC/Mac, connect the phone or computer to the virtual hotspot we configured in the first Android phone just like you connect your device to a regular Wi-Fi network. After that you can connect to the internet using the mobile data from the first Android phone.

Portable Wi-Fi hotspot FAQs

  • Some carriers may even disable Wi-Fi hotspot or charge you a fee for enabling this service.
  • To connect to multiple users to use at the same time, use your mobile as a WiFi hotspot and connect upto 8 devices.
  • Mobile hotspot data sharing will drain battery faster on your phone.
  • When other devices use your Wi-Fi hotspot, they use data from your mobile service. Charges may apply.