How to share your Android phone's mobile data connection with laptops, tablets and other devices.

Setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot is an easy way to share your phone's data connection with another device, like a tablet, Mac or PC. Tethering to your phone over Wi-Fi is often easier than using a cable, and you can have multiple devices connected if need be.

Android has had Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities built in for years now, though depending on your carrier, or the model of phone you have, it may work slightly differently. In this article, we're going to cover the most common options — stock (unmodified) Android, and Samsung Galaxy phones.

NOTE: Tethering can quickly drain your battery, and use a lot of mobile data, so be careful!

On a Nexus 5X or 6P

How to enable Wi-Fi hotspot

  1. Tap the Settings icon in your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More.
  3. Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Nexus phone

You'll also find a shortcut in the quick settings area.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to view notifications.
  2. Swipe down again to see quick settings.
  3. If the Hotspot shortcut isn't already there, tap Edit, then long-press on Hotspot and drag it to the grid of tiles.

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Nexus phone

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot

If it's your first time using the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, you might want to set your own network name and password, or change other settings.

  1. At the Tethering & portable hotspot menu, tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  2. Here you can enter your network name and password. (Tapping show password often makes it easier to type.)
  3. You can also select the AP Band, though you can usually leave this at the default 2.4GHz. (5GHz sometimes works better in crowded areas with lots of Wi-Fi traffic, but has shorter range.)

    Note: You can also disable network security from this menu if you need to, but that's usually a bad idea.

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Nexus phone

On a Samsung Galaxy S7

How to enable Wi-Fi hotspot

  1. Tap the Settings icon in your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap Mobile hotspot and tethering
  3. Tap Mobile hotspot, then hit the toggle at the top of the screen.

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Galaxy phone

You'll also find a shortcut in the quick settings area.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to view notifications and quick settings.
  2. If you don't see Mobile hotspot, you might need to swipe down again to see all quick settings.
  3. To change the position of quick settings shortcuts, tap EDIT, then drag mobile hotspot to where you want it.

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Galaxy phone

How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot

If it's your first time using the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, you might want to set your own network name and password, or change other settings.

  1. At the Mobile hotspot menu, tap MORE in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Timeout settings to choose how long the phone waits before turning off the hotspot, if nothing is connected to it.

    How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot on your Galaxy phone

  3. Or tap Configure Mobile hotspot to choose your Network name and password (tapping show password often makes it easier to type complex passwords).

    Note: You can also disable network security from this menu if you need to, but that's usually a bad idea.