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How can a smartphone be used as a WiFi hotspot?

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Smartphones can be turned into WiFi hotspots by changing the settings. This applies to iPhones and to devices running on Android, although the process for each is different.

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How can a smartphone be used as a WiFi hotspot?
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When a smartphone is turned into a WiFi hotspot, other devices can connect to it to access the internet via the phone's mobile data service.

Android devices

  1. Settings
  2. Go to "Settings" and then tap on "Wireless & Networks." Tap "More," and then tap "Tethering & Mobile Hotspot."

  3. Setup
  4. Tap the notification then look next to "Portable WiFi Hotspot" where there is a checkbox. Make sure this is checked then select Setup WiFi Hotspot. Under "Network SSID," type in a name for the phone. Under "Password," select a password. This will prevent other people from accessing the phone's data, unless they have the password. Tap "Save."

  5. Other devices
  6. Enter the password into any devices that are to connected to the phone.

iPhones

  1. Settings
  2. Go to "Settings" and then tap on "Mobile." Tap on "Personal Hotspot" and turn it on.

  3. Setup
  4. Tap "WiFi password" and then enter a password to restrict who can access the WiFi. Then, under "Connect Using WiFi," enter a name for the phone's WiFi hotspot.

  5. Other devices
  6. Now go to the other devices that are to connected to the WiFi hotspot and enter the password.

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