Monday, 12 September 2016

How to Share Your Android Phone Internet Connection with Your Laptop Using Wi-Fi Hotspot

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There are many ways to connect smart devices to laptops. These kept increasing as technology improves and new innovations are introduced. However not many are aware of the power their smart devices wield when it comes to sharing internet connection. Even some tech geeks get themselves modem to connect their laptops or PC to the internet when they have a smart phone with all the capabilities they need. In this post I'm going to teach you how to share your Android Phone internet connection through Wi-Fi hotspot. The Operating system of choice for this illustration is Microsoft Windows 7. The PC setup is almost the same on other OS. Major work is with your Android Phone.

Related Post: How to Share Android Internet Connection with a Windows 7 PC Using USB Tethering

To make your laptop or PC connect to the internet using your phone's wifi, follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure you have subscribe to a data plan through your mobile network provider. 
  2. Switch on your laptop Wireless LAN.
  3. Tap the menu button on your android phone and look for the settings icon.
  4. In the wireless & networks section, tap the "more" button .
  5. You'll see "Tethering & portable hotspot" option. Tap it.
  6. Next tap "Wi-Fi hotspot" option.
  7. Switch on your Wifi hotspot by tapping the button besides "On" above the Basic settings option. It is something else on some other versions of android but it is easy to point out.
Basic Settings

The Basic settings section allow you to do major wifi configurations. The main thing to do here is to set a set up the hotspot so that only those you permit can connect to your network. Of course you don't want just anybody to start draining your data. To do this follow the steps below:
  1. Tap "Set up Wi-Fi hotspot" in the basic settings section
  2. Choose a network name.
  3. Choose a security protocol of choice from the drop down list.
  4. Type the password you'll like anyone who you'll permit to connect enter before gaining access to your network. The password must be at least 8 characters long. Make sure the password you choose is strong. Please read this post before choosing your password.
  5. Save your settings.

Now click the network icon on your PC and you'll see the name of the Wi-Fi network you just setup on your phone.

Click the connect button to connect and insert the password you provided while setting up Wi-Fi on your android phone and connect.

Wait for some seconds for the network to establish the connection. One you see that the network section indicate that you're connected, you can start surfing the net with your PC. 

Happy browsing!
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