How to Set Up a Wi-Fi Hotspot on Android 8, 7. Android Phone as a Router

What is Wi-Fi Hotspot on Android

Wi-Fi Hotspot is a marvelous feature that allows you to use your Android phone or tablet as a router. Thus, you can share your mobile Internet connection via Wi-Fi with other devices: tablets, laptops, another phones, desktops, anything else that has built-in or external 802.11a/b/g/n compatible wireless module (or a Bluetooth capability as a backup variant). You can connect several client devices to your hotspot at the same time. Of course, they will share your bandwidth and the Internet speed will decrease proportionally. In Wi-Fi Hotspot mode your mobile data functions as the WAN port of a router and your Wi-Fi interface – as LAN ports. Here is our guide on how to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android 8 and 7 and use your Android phone as a router. 

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

How to set up a Wi-Fi Hotspot on Android 7 and 8

  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:
    set-up-wi-fi-hotspot
  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

You can also use Bluetooth tethering as the alternative. Just activate the feature on the same screen (shown above).

How to turn off a Wi-Fi hotspot on Android 8, 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

That’s all you need to know.

1 comment

  1. This is not for Nougat.
    Go to Settings/Connections/Mobile hotspot and tethering.
    Turn on Mobile Hotspot.
    Click on “Mobile Hotspot” to open a new page which has password

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