How to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android

Using hotspots to share your network connection comes quite handy in more than a few scenarios. If you are outdoors and want to use the Internet on devices that don’t have the luxury of mobile data. Or with friends that don’t have mobile data to use. Or, as a Wi-Fi extender, to extend the Wi-Fi reach of your router. Everything you need on how to set up a hotspot on Android 11 can be found below.

How to turn your Android into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Mobile Hotspot allows users to share their network connection to other devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You can share a mobile data network or use the device as a Wi-Fi extender. The setup is rather simple as you are setting up a Wi-Fi router of sorts. You need to name it, set up a WPA2 password (not necessary), and choose the Wi-Fi band you want to utilize.

Here’s how to set up a mobile hotspot on Android 11:

  1. Enable Mobile data or Wi-Fi, whatever you want to share via a hotspot. The device will automatically use whatever is available.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Select Network & Internet.
  4. Open Hotspot & tethering.
  5. Tap the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  6. Add the Hotspot name, create a WPA2 password, and select the AP band you want to use.
  7. All that is left is to enable the newly-created hotspot.

How do you connect to a hotspot?

The same way you would connect to any available Wi-Fi network. Once the hotspot is enabled, just look for its name in the Wi-Fi SSIDs list and connect. If necessary, insert a WPA2 password and that’s it.

Now, not all devices support the 5GHz band so, if you can’t see the network, we recommend switching to the 2.4GHz band. There are also alternatives like Bluetooth, USB, or Ethernet tethering. With the right hardware attachments, of course.

In case you are experiencing any issues with the hotspot connection, make sure to check our article which covers hotspot issues on Android.

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Tell us how important the hotspot is for you in the comments section below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2021. We made sure to revamp it for freshness and accuracy.

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