To create a Wireless Hotspot with an Android phone is a breeze . The days are gone where you have a Mobile internet plan on your tablet, another on your modem and a third one on your phone! You also don’t have to switch your sim card from one device to the other in to gain internet access on your device. It takes only a couple of taps on your Android smart device to set it up as an Access Point Router or as a Wi-Fi Hotspot as Android chose to call it.
Note that depending on the version of Android you are running on your Smartphone or Tablet, the configurations may differ. I will try as much as possible to explain the process on Android 2.3 Gingerbread which most Samsung Android phones run and also Android 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich (sounds tasty?) that power most Modern Tablets.
To check the version of android that run on your device, Check the guide How to Check the Version of Android on your smartphone.
Create a Mobile Hotspot on Gingerbread.
- Tap on the Application icon located at the bottom of the home screen of most phones.
- Tap on the Settings icon
- Tap on Tethering and portable Hotspot > Potable Hotspot Settings > Configure portable Wi-Fi hotspot
- Enter your Network SSID. This made identifies your device hotspot. It is the name that will show up when any device scan for a hotspot (wireless Access Point)
- Choose your security option.
- Select Open if you don’t want to enter a password to gain access to your portable hotspot. Note that this leaves it open for any device to connect . WPA2 PSK option enable you to enter a password to access your wireless network. Note that the password must be a minimum of 8 characters in length. Also note that both your ssid and Password are Alpha-Numeric (can take both alphabets and numbers). Tap on Save
- Check the box next to portable Wi-Fi Hotspot.
You are up and running babie!
Create Mobile Hotspot on Jellybean/Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)
- Access your Application Icon
- Locate Settings
- Tap on More > Tethering & portable hotspot > Set up Wi-FI Hotspot
Continue with the Steps 4,5,6 & 7 Above.
To connect to your newly created Wireless Hotspot. Enable the wireless of your other devices, scan and connect to your access point. When prompted for password, enter the password you configured in the steps above.
You should consider not leaving the portable hotspot on when not in use as this may significantly reduce the battery uptime of your device. Also besides tethering for internet, you can use your portable hotspot to network your other devices to copy files because wireless is significantly faster than Bluetooth. This comes especially handy when you need to copy heavy files. You can also use it to network your printers to print wirelessly from your smart devices. See the Guide How to Print Wirelessly from your Android Smart Phone