How to turn on WiFi hotspot internet sharing for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone

Summary: Turning your phone in to a WiFi hotspot can be incredibly useful. Pushing wireless to a tablet from a phone is much cheaper than forking out for a second data plan.

By |

Turning your phone in to a WiFi hotspot can be incredibly useful. Pushing wireless to a tablet from a phone is much cheaper than forking out for a second data plan.

Activating and connecting to a WiFi hotspot is a little different for every device, though it’s a feature found in almost all new smartphones. You do have to keep an eye on your data use though, as smashing past your data allowance will result in some pretty offensive excess charges.

iPhone 5 (iOS 6)

Go to settings and tap General.

Your phone will have one of the two following options: Cellular or Mobile Data. Tap whichever your device has and select Set Up Personal Hotspot.

You will only need to configure the password. The hotspot itself will be named after whatever you called your device.

Android

Android devices often differ in their user interfaces. If this particular information isn’t correct for your device it still may be close. Have a play around and see if you have similarly-named options.

Go to the main system settings and find the option under Wireless Networks labelled Tethering and Portable Hotspot and then hit the toggle next to Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot to activate it.

Once activated, tap on the text to the left of the toggle and you’ll be taken to the mobile tethering section.

Tap on the Configure button in the bottom right. Here you can set the name, password and protection-type of your WiFi hotspot. The name and password are obviously up to you.

By default the protection-type should be WPA2 PSK. If this is not the case then select it for the best level of security.

Windows Phone 8

Go to Settings and make sure you are in the System tab (not Applications). Select Internet Sharing and then turn it on by tapping the toggle.

More options should appear on the screen after you’ve switched this one. Hit Setup and set your password and Broadcast Name.

Dangers

Using your phone as a WiFi hotspot can be risky. Many providers offer concessions to services like Facebook, Twitter and even occasionally YouTube for on-phone usage. Once you push that connection out to another device, however, those concessions disappear and you start eating directly in to your monthly cap.

Another risk is simply the extra usage. Suddenly spreading your cap out over two or three gadgets instead of just one can have a marked impact.

Devices like laptops and tablets have much easier interfaces with which to surf the web. As such it’s easier to go through online content at a much faster speed than you otherwise might on a phone.

This is made even more dangerous by the fact that you’re unlikely to be accustomed to watching your internet usage while on a larger device. It’s easy to get stuck in old habits and start streaming HD video. This can be devastating to a standard mobile data cap.

Make sure you know how much data you’re working with each month as well as how much of it you tend to have spare before engaging in regular hotspot usage.


Tagged:


News by Topic

Phone Reviews

Featured

3 hidden cell phone plans that can save you a ton of money

3 hidden cell phone plans that can save you a ton of money

The lure of heavily advertised cell phone plans is strong, but there are...

Best phones in the world right now

Best phones in the world right now

Want to know what the best phones are right now that you can get on plans?...

4 cell phone plans that will save you money right now

4 cell phone plans that will save you money right now

If you're tired of the upgrade cycle and want to save on your phone bill, here...

 

Related News

Facebook’s latest move to make fans furious, briefly

Facebook’s latest move to make fans furious, briefly

When you have a billion subscribers, it is always going to be a difficult task...

Threes: iOS hit lands on Android

Threes: iOS hit lands on Android

The brainteaser that has taken iOS users by storm has finally arrived on...

Apple on iPhone: people want what we don’t have

Apple on iPhone: people want what we don’t have

Leaked internal documents reveal that Apple has concerns about its iPhone...

Windows Phone 8.1 brings you a lot of old/new stuff

Windows Phone 8.1 brings you a lot of old/new stuff

Windows Phone 8.1 has finally been announced with more customization, a new...

Nokia Smartwatch coming later this year?

Nokia Smartwatch coming later this year?

Unsurprisingly, rumors have cropped up about wearable tech from Nokia coming...

HTC publishes Sense apps to Google Play Store

HTC publishes Sense apps to Google Play Store

In an effort to speed up app updates, HTC has published most of its unique...

 

Guides

Apps to tap into YouTube music

Apps to tap into YouTube music

Want to listen to Youtube music on your phone? You've come to the right place.

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7.1

How to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7.1

iOS 7.1 is available for download. It brings updates to Siri, iTunes Radio, the...

How to use Chrome Remote on PC and Android

How to use Chrome Remote on PC and Android

Now, not only can you control your PC with another PC, but with your phone or...

iPhone repair: how to fix your iPhone

iPhone repair: how to fix your iPhone

The easiest way to fix your iPhone is to head in to a store and ask for...

Get smarter with a built-in dictionary for Android

Get smarter with a built-in dictionary for Android

Been scratching your head and hunting about for a dictionary? WordLookup for...

How to install Android apps on BlackBerry 10 devices

How to install Android apps on BlackBerry 10 devices

BlackBerry has made it super easy to install Android apps on BB 10 phones, but...

 

Compare cell phones & plans from the following cell phone carriers...

AIO Wireless Cell Phone Plans MetroPCS Cell Phone Plans Ting Cell Phone Plans Verizon Wireless Cell Phone Plans
AmazonWireless Cell Phone Plans Red Pocket Cell Phone Plans T-Mobile Cell Phone Plans Virgin Mobile Cell Phone Plans
AT&T Cell Phone Plans Sprint Cell Phone Plans U.S. Cellular Cell Phone Plans Zact Cell Phone Plans
Boost Mobile Cell Phone Plans
 

Cell Phone Deals

NEW Samsung GALAXY S5 - Compare Plans and Prices

NEW Samsung GALAXY S5 - Compare Plans and Prices

Compare plans from all carriers on the new Galaxy S5

NEW HTC One M8 - Compare Plans and Prices

NEW HTC One M8 - Compare Plans and Prices

Compare plans from all carriers for the new HTC One M8

Apple iPhone 5s & 5c - Compare Cell Phone Plans

Apple iPhone 5s & 5c - Compare Cell Phone Plans

View and compare the plans and prices for the new iPhone 5s & 5c models

iPhone 5s Plans

iPhone 5s Plans

Compare plans now from all major carriers including Boost Mobile and US Cellular