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Tue, May 26, 2020 1:00 AM

Different Ways to use your Smartphone as a Hotspot


Do you need a WiFi connection? But what to do if WiFi is unavailable and you have multiple devices that need to get connected? For instance, you need to quickly send a document stored on your laptop, which doesn’t come with a data connection and there are no WiFi spots available. You’re not out of options here since your smartphone can serve as your personal WiFi hotspot. This can turn your phone into a source for an internet that laptops, tablets, and other phones can use. Although this sounds complicated, you can be connected with just a few taps.


All that said, here are different ways to use your smartphone as a personal hotspot:


WiFi hotspot

This will make your phone a hotspot which is similar to a WiFi network. With this, people can share your connection if you provide them with your personal hotspot password. It also allows you to use the connection across several devices.



  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap “Network & Internet” then “Hotspot & tethering”
  3. Turn on “WiFi hotspot.”
  4. Toggle on “Turn on hotspot.”
  5. Then it will show your phone’s network name and password that will be used to connect to it.


  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select “Cellular.”
  3. Turn on “Personal Hotspot.”
  4. Toggle on “Allow Others to Join.”
  5. Use the WiFi network and password displayed on your phone to connect to it similarly on how you connect to a WiFi network.

Bluetooth tethering

This option will get your computer to accept data via Bluetooth connection. However, while Bluetooth is a convenient and wireless way to get Internet from your smartphone to your PC/laptop, it has a limited data speed.



  1. Pair your smartphone with your PC/laptop.
  2. Set up your PC/laptop to get its network connection by Bluetooth.
  3. Open your phone’s Settings app.
  4. Tap “Network & internet” then “Hotspot & tethering.”
  5. Toggle on “Bluetooth tethering”.


  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select “Cellular” then turn on “Personal Hotspot.”
  3. Make sure “Bluetooth” is enabled.
  4. On your PC, go to Bluetooth Settings then slide the Bluetooth toggle on, this will make your computer visible to other devices.
  5. Connect or tether your iPhone to your PC/laptop using Bluetooth.

USB cable

If you have a USB cable for your phone you can share your data connection that way.



  1. Connect your smartphone to your PC/laptop.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Tap “Network & internet” then “Hotspot & tethering.”
  4. Turn on USB tethering.


  1. Ensure you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC/laptop you’re trying to connect to.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Select “Cellular” then turn on “Personal Hotspot.”
  4. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the secondary device using the cable that came with it.
  5. Once you see an alert that says, “Trust this computer?” tap “Trust.”


Keep in mind that using a Personal Hotspot eats up your cellular data. You might end up paying more than your monthly postpaid bill or experience a slow-down once you've reached a monthly cap. That’s why you need to take this into account before setting up and using your phone as your Personal Hotspot.




~ Carla



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