Why pay for a separate Mobile Internet connection for your laptop, when your phone already includes a Data Allowance ? A few people answer: Because I don’t know how to setup an Android WiFi Hotspot.
This is a short guide on how to setup a Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot on your Android phone, and connect a Windows laptop to it.
You can then cancel your laptops Mobile Internet connection and save a few dollars.
Step 1: Configure Wi-Fi hotspot on Android phone
In the Android phone settings you will need to find the “Tethering and portable hotspots” menu. In this example (using a Samsung Galaxy S2 running Android 4.0.3) it is found by tapping the Android Settings button from the main screen, then tapping “Settings”, then “More” and “Tethering and portable hotspots”.
Initially you will need to configure your Wi-Fi Hotspot by selecting the “Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot” option.
In the following screen (shown right) you will need to enter a Network Name (SSID) and select what Security you want to use, then enter a Password (if applicable).
Remember these details: Later you will locate this network name (SSID) using your laptop and enter the password.
Tap “Save” to return to the “Tethering and portable hotspots” menu.
Step 2: Activate your Wi-Fi Hotspot when required
It is good practice to only activate your Wi-Fi hotspot when you need it.
Using your Android phone, navigate to the “Tethering and Portable Hotspot” menu, then tick the box next to “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot”.
This will activate your hotspot using the settings you just configured.
The Wi-Fi Hotspot icon will appear in the status bar of your Android phone, as shown below.
If this step seems a little cumbersome to use frequently, there is also a free Android App available, called Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, that will turn your Wi-Fi Hotspot on/off using a desktop icon, without you having to navigate to the “Tethering and Portable Hotspot” menu.
Google Play Store link:
Step 3: Connect the Windows Laptop
Using your Windows laptop, click the Wireless networks icon in the system tray (next to the clock) and you will see your Android Wi-Fi Hotspot in the list of available networks.
Select the Wi-Fi Hotspot network name and connect to it, using the network password (if applicable). If you select the “Connect Automatically” checkbox, Windows will remember these details and connect automatically whenever the Android Wi-Fi Hotspot is active.
Multiple computers can be connected to the Wi-Fi Hotspot, and can use large amounts of data, quickly. Make sure you keep an eye on your phones monthly data allowance using your ISPs free App (if available).