You can set up your phone as an internet ‘hotspot’, creating an internet source that other devices can connect to – things like computers, tablets or even other phones.
There are three ways to connect other devices to your phone hotspot:
Keep an eye on your data
A word of warning for first-time hotspotters: it’s worth tracking your data usage closely – you can keep an eye on it by checking the data through your account.
If you’re streaming video on a linked device, consider lowering the streaming quality settings to reduce the data drain.
Setting up a hotspot
The instructions for setting up a hotspot are different depending on the type of device you’re using:
- Keep your devices plugged in and charging while you’re tethering.
- Turn off your tethering connections when you’re not using them to save on battery charge.
- The range for a wi-fi hotspot is about 8–10 metres.
- Use a USB cable for a faster connection.
- You can’t tether an Android device to an Apple computer using a USB connection.