How to use phone hotspot on Android iPhone & WinPhone?

ByGB Blog Official 2018-07-03 11201

Fast ways to use an Android smartphone, iPhone or windows phone as a wifi hotspot, and how to fully use the feature.

The internet is now an indispensable part of our lives, delivering news, convenience, and more to us. However, on those few occasions when internet is unavailable, it's possible to use your phone as a convenient WiFi hotspot is a convenient way. Now we are going to show you how to quickly turn your smartphone as a mobile WiFi hotspot and how to use the phone hotspot.

What is a phone WiFi hotspot?

A phone WiFi hotspot simply means using your phone as a WiFi router to transform mobile cellular data (e.g. GPRS, 3G, or 4G) into a wireless signal. This can then be detected and connected to by other WiFi-enabled devices; for example, an Android phone (available on GearBest), iPhone, Windows phone, tablet, or notebook. Most modern smartphones have this functionality built-in allowing you to conveniently share your internet with others.

The benefits:

Using a phone WiFi hotspot gives internet access to your family, friends and even your own other devices, which is especially important in emergency situations, for example, dealing with the remote works in an internet unavailable place by your laptop.

How do I use a phone WiFi hotspot?

Requirements: a smartphone with standard WiFi functionality.

Note: when your phone acts as a WiFi hotspot, it cannot connect to a WiFi network, meaning it must use cellular data.

● Phone WiFi Hotspot Fast Setting

Step 1. To set smartphone WiFi hotspot, start by opening your Android and enter "Settings".

Step 2. Find "Wireless & Networks" and select the "More" option.

Step 3. Under "Tethering & Portable Hotspot", select "Personal hotspot".


Step 4. Turn on the personal hotspot, you will see an icon on the navigation bar showing the hotspot is active.

Step 5. Set your SSID name, encryption type, and password. The encryption defaults to WPA2 PSK, while the password should contains a minimum of 8 characters.

Step 6. Tap "Save" to finish setting up the Android hotspot.

● iPhone WiFi Hotspot Fast Setting

Step 1. Enter the "Settings" menu on your iPhone.

Step 2. Select "Personal Hotspot" option.

Step 3. Toggle the switch to activate "Personal Hotspot".

Step 4. Choose your connection mode "Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth" or "USB only". If you want to share your internet with other devices via WiFi, choose the first option. On-screen explanations are shown.

Step 5. Set your phone hotspot password (at least 8 characters), the username is your iPhone name.

Step 6. Tap "Done" on the right top set up your iPhone hotspot.

● Windows Phone WiFi Hotspot Fast Setting

Step 1. Tap "Settings" on the "Start" screen.

Step 2. Scroll the options to "internet sharing" and select it.


Step 3. Choose your preferred internet sharing method: WLAN or Bluetooth.

Step 4. Edit your "Broadcast name" and "Password" (minimum 8 characters).

Step 5. Confirm your settings.

Step 6. Open the "Sharing" feature to activate your Windows phone hotspot.

How to share the internet via phone hotspot?

After setting up your Android/iPhone/Windows phone hotspot, it's easy to connect for sharing internet:

● Give the hotspot username and password to the person who needs to use the hotspot.

● Turn on your phone hotspot; our example shows an iPhone as the hotspot, with an Android phone connecting to it.

● Ask your friend to activate their phone's WiFi and search for your hotspot.

● Choose the corresponding username and input the password.

● Finally, tap "Connect" to finish.


Note: if your iPhone is a hotspot, you will receive a notification alert that your internet is being shared but you will be unable to view their device details. However, Android phones show this information, even allowing you to disconnect and black list them.


1. Pay attention to your cellular data. If you exceed your data cap, you will be charged extra. 

2. Using your phone as an active hotspot will consume battery power faster. 


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