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Portable WiFi hot spots aren’t exactly the perfect way to connect to the internet. They’re usually very slow, they drain your data very quickly, and they siphon your smartphone’s battery life. If you ever find yourself in a pinch where you can’t do something directly from your phone, your portable WiFi hotspot might be the only option you have. It’s also a great failsafe in the event that your normal internet connection goes down. If you’re the kind of person who genuinely relies on the internet, you need to know how to enable your WiFi hotspot – it’s one of the most helpful skills to have when you find yourself in an internet jam.
Through Your Phone
You probably won’t need to look far to find the hotspot button. Most Android phones place the button in the quick settings drawer – the one that scrolls down from the top with your WiFi settings and flashlight function. You can technically use the hotspot function exactly as it is, but a few quick settings can help you configure it for better performance.
In your settings app, look under “Network and Internet.” From there, select “Hotspot and Tethering” and open the “Wi-Fi Hotspot” option.
These are your defaults and your options for your WiFi hotspot. You can set a custom name for your network, select your security type, and create a password. Make sure your password is something that is hard to guess – a random combination of numbers, letters, and symbols can keep other people from leeching off of your WiFi hotspot or performing malicious actions on your network.
Every phone will have a slightly different menu. Higher end, more expensive phones will typically have advanced hotspot options and functions. Some will have auto-on and auto-off features that you can set at your convenience. An auto-off is particularly useful to avoid wasting pricey mobile data.
With An App
The Google Play Store contains apps that allow your phone to act as a mobile hotspot. Almost all modern phones are already equipped with this feature. If you’re using an older phone, you may need a third party app to power your portable WiFi connection. Before you download an app, be sure that you can verify the credibility and trustworthiness of its creator.
If you cannot ascertain that the app is safe and provided by a reliable company, you may accidentally infect your phone with malware or inadvertently share your browsing data with nosy third parties. Research as much as possible and read a whole host of reviews before you download the app.
Keeping Yourself Safe
A portable WiFi hotspot you’ve established for yourself is a trustworthy network, especially if you aren’t sharing it with anyone else. Mobile phone internet is a lot harder for hackers to intercept data from, especially if they haven’t installed malware or spyware on the device in question.
While it’s safe to assume that your Android WiFi hotspot is reasonably protected from other people, it is never protected from your mobile phone carrier. Since they are providing you with internet, they’re able to see the websites you’ve visited. The websites you visit will know you’re you. The only way to remain private and anonymous is to use a VPN on your phone. TorGuard VPN has a handy mobile app, and up to 8 devices can simultaneously connect.