How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot on Android 7. Android Phone as a Router

What is Mobile Hotspot on Android

Mobile Hotspot is a feature that allows you to use your Android phone as a router and distribute your mobile Internet via Wi-Fi to other devices: tablet, laptop, another phone, etc. In Mobile Hotspot mode your mobile data acts like the WAN port of a router and your Wi-Fi interface – as LAN ports. Here is how to set up a mobile hotspot on Android 7 Nougat and use your Android phone as a router. 

Note! If Wi-Fi is on when you turn on Mobile hotspot it will turn off automatically. Because Android cannot receive and redistribute Internet via WiFi at the same time.

How to set up a Mobile Hotspot on Android 7 Nougat

  1. Go to Settings: settings-android-6
  2. Tap More in the Wireless & networks section: wireless-and-networks-more
  3. Select Tethering & portable hotspot:
    tethering-portable-hotspot
  4. Here you can configure your Mobile Hotspot. You don’t have to turn it on now. First, tap on Set up Wi-Fi hotspot:
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  5. Specify a network name and password for your mobile hotspot. And don’t forget to tap SAVE afterwards to apply changes:
    mobile-hotspot-android-7-network-name-password
  6. Now it’s time to turn on Portable Wi-Fi hotspot:
    turn-on-mobile-hotspot

How to turn off the mobile hotspot on Android 7

To disable your mobile hotspot you may

  1. either head to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More > Tethering and portable hotspot and tap the toggle.
    turn-on-mobile-hotspot-toggle
  2. or click the Hotspot toggle in the Quick Settings panel: hotspot-toggle-in-quick-toggles

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