How To Create A Wi-Fi HotSpot In Windows 10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone

How To Create A Wi-Fi HotSpot In Windows 10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone

by Gary Oldwood on 29 June 2017 · 408 views

By creating a Wi-Fi hotspot you can share your internet connection with all your devices that support Wi-Fi. Here is how you can do this with the Mobile Hotspot feature in Windows 10, as well as Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

The usefulness of a Wi-Fi hotspot

In the world of networks, a Wireless Access Point (WAP) is a device that connects several wireless devices with each other so that a wireless network is formed. Typically, wireless access points are used in public places for providing internet access to people, in wider distances. However, they can also be used your home network, in order to expand signal reach.

So, let’s see how you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10 and your smartphone device. In a previous guide we talked about creating a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 7/8/8.1 via the command line using the Hosted Network service, which also works for Windows 10.

However, Windows 10 Anniversary Update added a built-in feature for creating a hotspot in an even easier way.

Windows 10 – Wi-Fi hotspot via Settings

All you have to do is open the Settings menu and click on Network and Internet.

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From the left-hand side, navigate to the Mobile hotspot menu.

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Pick the network connection that you wish to share from the dropdown menu, and then enable the Share my Internet connection with other devices option.

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Afterwards click on the Edit button in order to define the network’s name and password. Make sure that you use a strong password!

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Then click on Save and your Wi-Fi hotspot is ready. You can see that your network is accessible from any device that supports Wi-Fi.

Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on a smartphone

The process of creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on a smartphone device varies slightly from device to device. In the case of smartphones, you can share the available MBs from your carrier.

Android

If you want to use your Android smartphone as an access point, then you need to navigate to Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Tethering & portable hotspot menu.

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From there, locate the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot setting (or something among these lines, depending on the version of Android that you have).

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From there, all you have to do is enable this setting and setup the hotspot’s details (name and password).

iPhone

The iPhone, starting from iOS version 4.3, allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot easily and quickly via the device’s settings.

First, go to Settings -> Mobile Data and activate mobile data. Then, tap on Personal hotspot.

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On the next screen, tap on Wi-Fi Password to setup a password for the hotspot, and then turn on the Personal Hotspot option by moving the corresponding slider.

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The network’s name will be the same with the device’s name.

Windows Phone

Smartphones using the Windows operating system have the smallest share of the smartphone market, at least so far.

However, they also have the ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. The procedure is exactly the same as described above for Windows 10, via the Settings menu.

That's how you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10, Android, iOS and Windows phone devices. If you have any questions, thoughts or problems, let us know in by posting in the comments section below!

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