How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone

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How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone

Setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone is the easiest way to connect gadgets like laptops and tablets to the internet while you’re out and about. The Wi-Fi hotspot your phone can generate lets you share its 3G or 4G internet connection with up to ten other devices – perfect if you want to work on your laptop while on a train, for example. Just be careful, using your 3G or 4G data on a laptop or tablet could run through your allowances really quickly, and even if you have unlimited data, tethering like this may not be included.

How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on iPhone

If you want to share your iPhone’s internet connection, just follow these steps to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. These are the steps for iOS 9, but it’s almost exactly the same as the method on iOS 8 so if you haven’t updated yet, this should still help.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Cellular
  3. Go to Cellular Data Network
  4. Scroll down to Personal Hotspot and enter a Username
  5. Go back to the Cellular settings
  6. Go to Personal Hotspot
  7. Tap Wi-Fi Password and create a secure, unique password
  8. Toggle the Personal Hotspot on

Now you can connect other devices to your iPhone’s Wi-Fi hotspot by searching for it like any other Wi-Fi network.

How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android

To share your Android device’s internet connection, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to More under Wireless & networks
  3. Go to Tethering & portable hotspot
  4. Go to Set up Wi-Fi hotspot
  5. Choose a Network name and Password
  6. Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

Your Android device will now be putting out a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can search for like any other Wi-Fi network.

How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows Phone

If you’re using Windows Phone and want to share your internet connection, here’s how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Internet sharing
  3. Toggle on Sharing
  4. Go to Setup (the pencil icon at the bottom)
  5. Create a Broadcast name to identify your Wi-Fi hotspot by
  6. Create a secure password

Now just search for Wi-Fi as normal on your other devices and select the Broadcast name you set up.

How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on BlackBerry

Want to share internet from your BlackBerry? Just follow these steps to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on BlackBerry 10:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Go to Network Connections
  3. Go to Mobile Hotspot
  4. Read the information pages and tap next on each one
  5. Create strong password when prompted
  6. Toggle your Wi-Fi hotspot on

Your BlackBerry is now producing a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can find by searching for Wi-Fi as normal on your other devices.

If you have any problems setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone, feel free to ask us your questions in the comments below.

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