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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet Hotspot

Second only to sending text messages over a data plan, using the Android phone to share Internet connection with nearby devices and computers is one of the most desired functions. Fortunately, Google Android SmartPhones already have this feature built into the OS.

In our previous guide, we showed you how to configure Android USB tethering to share Internet access with a computer. It was simple, already included with Android, and it took only four very short steps. In this article Benchmark Reviews walks you through a similar process to create a portable Wi-Fi Internet hotspot.

This is a very simple guide, and does not require 'rooting' your phone or downloading software. It just requires a Google Android phone with a data plan and cellular network reception.


Android Wi-Fi Hotspot Instructions

  1. Open Settings then select Wireless & Networks
  2. Scroll down and select Tethering & portable hotspot
  3. Select Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to enable the service

There are no other settings or configuration needed, and at this point your Android phone will begin to broadcast as Wi-Fi Hotspot with the network name 'AndroidAP' and 'Open' network security. If you would like to customize the SSID name or assign WPA2 PSK network security, select Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.

Once the computers connects to the new portable Wi-Fi hotspot (AndroidAP is default name), after a few moments the Android phone will automatically issue and IP address to the system. If you're subscribed through a phone carrier who allows pass-through data access, your computer will treat the phone as a network Internet source and can browse the web. Some carriers, such as AT&T in particular, do not allow the phone to function as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. If your carrier is AT&T, this proceedure will work but no Internet access is passed to connected Wi-Fi devices.

Please note that Internet speeds will depend on your phone's data plan, and wireless coverage in your area.

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# SprintHank Tolman 2011-10-24 08:23
If your carrier is Sprint, you may have to call them and have them unlock the data pass-through, especially if you have a newer plan. So, if you are having trouble and can't figure out why, that may be the case.

Also, keep in mind the data plan caps in place, normally it's 2GB for Verizon before you have to start paying extra. That's not a lot of Netflix. T-Mobile also drops your speed after 2GB if you have an unlimited plan, or 5GB if you have a traditional plan.
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# Just a reminderGustavo 2011-10-24 17:02
I used thin function of android, anf found it very good.
But must say that it eats through baterry like nothing else. So use it with care, or connected in the usb port.
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# RE: Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet HotspotMark 2012-03-31 11:30
Yeah sprint will unlock it for 30 bucks a month.

This will not work otherwise.
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# sprint blehTom 2012-04-15 09:53
Yep Sprint makes you pay for wifi hotspot 30 a month.However I have had it hooked up through my dial up on phone with a local access phone number. Slower at 56k then wifi but hey when your desperate and need to surf then it doesnt seem as bad as not having internet at all.
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# RE: Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet Hotspotsarfraz 2012-05-09 12:21
Good yep sprint makes you pay for wifi hotspot
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# RE: Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet Hotspottommie 2012-05-14 21:04
Can i have a hotspot internet
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# Android WifiIsaac Starks 2012-05-24 00:50
I just bought a sony experia play online on amazon and bought a straight talk sim card and bought their unlimited everything plan for forty five dollars a month prepaid I configured my android phone to where it works as a hotspot.No need for paying for crappy internet through phone and cable companies it works no B.S just find the right app on google play for teethering works 100% percent.
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# does foxfi work for sprint?Brian 2012-08-16 07:40
My sprint wifi hotspot has never worked, only via tethering even though I pay for it. Foxfi doesnt work either, my laptop will not connect to the internet using wifi. Any help?
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# HotspotScublidu 2012-11-11 14:07
Followed instruction re hot spot it had usb tethering mobile ap but no hotspot button on Galaxy S any answers-do I need signal to setup?
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# I sure it will workhimanshu 2013-02-26 02:24
is data plan activation is campulsary for wifi hotspot ?
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