How To Turn Your Smartphone Into A WiFi Hotspot

In today’s connected world, it’s easier than ever to work remotely. Unfortunately, some locations are more “remote” than others and you may well find yourself on day in a place that does not have a Wi-Fi connection.

Or maybe they do, but there’s an outage at the time. Either way, it’s bound to happen at the very moment you need Wi-Fi the most!

So what do you do?  You turn your smartphone’s cellular connection to the internet into a Wi-Fi connection you can use for your laptop, tablet, and other smartphones.

And it’s relatively simple to set up!

Here are some tips to hook you up when Wi-Fi has let you down.

Setting Up Your Mobile Hotspot

Setting up your phone as a hotspot is slightly different for iPhones and Androids but shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes either way:

  • iPhone – Open the Personal Hotspot section in your settings. You will be asked if you want others to join and you will also be assigned a Wi-Fi password. (More on passwords later.)
  • Android – In Connections (or Wireless & Networks), tap Mobile Hotspot and Tethering, and then tap Mobile Hotspot in order to enable it. From there, you can change the network name and the password.

Select a Strong Password

While you will be assigned a password, we recommend typing in a new one for security’s sake.

The last thing you want is for your phone to become an open Wi-Fi network for everyone around you… especially if you’re on a limited data plan!

Plug In Your Phone

Hotspots use a lot of power and can be a real battery drain.

If you plan on being on for long, plug in your phone while the hotspot is turned on. Not near an outlet?

Use other battery saving tricks, like minimizing the brightness of your screen, turning off your location services, and keeping the phone on a cool surface.

Limit the Number of Devices

Your hotspot connection can accommodate anywhere from four to ten connections at once.

However, the more devices that are tethered your hotspot, the lower the speed will be for each user…and the faster it will gobble up your data.

So, if your plan has a monthly data allotment, share your hotspot password sparingly!

Turn It Off When You’re Done

This may sound like a no-brainer, but when you are finished using your mobile hotspot, disconnect right away in order to save battery power and avoid excessive data use (and the possible overage charges that come with it).

With more people working remotely, the need for a solid Wi-Fi connection outside of the office is critical. Using smartphone as a hotspot is a great solution when you’re in a pinch.

For a more reliable and robust experience, we’ve developed a Virtual Office solution that safely connects at-home employees to the company WAN.

Reach out today if you want to learn more about this, or any of our communications products and services, all of which are built to help your business operate more efficiently and productively.