Did you know ? Your Android and your iPhone can be used as Wi-Fi hotspots. They have a feature of sharing Internet connection with other devices, very simple in addition. You can share your internet connection smartphone with your PC and your MacBook. But also with all your devices using Wi-Fi technology such as your tablet, your smart watch and not that.
In this article you will find out how to share your smartphone's internet connection with other devices. Keep in mind one thing: the consumption of data is likely to be significant. Especially if you are sharing your connection with devices that run internet data-intensive applications.
But since in this process you are going to be your own network administrator, everything will depend on you. How to share your smartphone's internet connection?
Share the internet connection of your Android smartphone
To share the internet connection of your Android smartphone, here are the steps to follow:
- Go to your smartphone's settings.
- Open the connections menu. For some Android phones the name of this menu changes slightly, but you may recognize it by names such as " Connectivity" or " Mobile Networks ". It depends on the device manufacturer and sometimes what version of the Android system your phone is running. The catches you are going to see, I took them on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
- Look for the option " Mobile access point and modem».
- Then choose " Mobile access point»
Like in the picture above, you can already create a hotspot and share your smartphone's internet connection, but I guess you've never used it before. This means that you will have to configure the access point. You'll set a network name, then a password, and that's it. Well almost.
Configuring the access point on Android
For the moment we keep our sharing option disabled in order to finalize with this two-step configuration. There we are now in the option " Mobile access point ":
On the captures, my Wi-Fi access point has the following configuration; Name : My WiFi, Password : 01234567890. To change the name or password, all you have to do is touch on one of these zones. You can also expand the button at the top left to see more options. Among the three options, choose " Configure the access point function », And the other two? We will come back to this, let's finish with the sharing option first.
All you have to do is Define:
- A name for your network: put one you want.
- The type of security: WPA2 PSK already works well, you can leave it as is or change it if you feel like it.
- The password: with WPA2 PSK type security, not many requirements. You just need to enter a password of at least 8 characters. Put all the same a slightly complicated password, there might be a clever fellow around, who might guess and screw up your entire internet package. We never know!
- Record the information. Activate the option to then share your smartphone's internet connection and connect all the devices of your choice to it. Do not forget to activate cellular data, otherwise you will create an access point but without internet access.
Connection sharing timeout
On the previous image (the middle capture), you noticed that apart from Configuring the access point function, there is also " Authorized devices " and " Expiration time ". It was said that we were going to come back to it. The expiration time is simply the time before sharing automatically turns off.
Concretely, this means that if the time limit is 10 minutes, your connection sharing will be deactivated automatically if during this time no device is connected to it. This is presented as a safety measure and a way to save your battery, as this operation consumes your phone's power resources.
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What about authorized devices?
Prevent an unauthorized device from using your connection
Besides being important, this feature is also a lot of fun. It is particularly useful in blocking the devices of people who have had your password by cheating. Or also to people to whom you simply do not want to give access anymore.
It may happen that you share the internet connection of your smartphone without wanting to give access to another person. With this feature you know when an extra device is connected to your access point, and you can block it.
By blocking a device, the owner will not notice anything other than the unjustified disconnection of the connection. The Android developers really saved us from real trouble 😊.
The only challenge here is that you're going to have to distinguish devices by their MAC addresses, but it's not that hard to do. Try disconnecting and reconnecting your devices to recognize their Mac addresses, it's risk-free.
Let's see how to share your smartphone's internet connection with an iPhone.
Share your iPhone's internet connection
To share your iPhone's internet connection, here are the steps to follow:
- Go to your iPhone settings.
- Start by turning on cellular data. Some (most) Android smartphones can activate the hotspot without requiring mobile data activation. For an iPhone it is different, it is imperative that you activate the cellular data first.
- Then go to " Sharing the line».
Once in tethering, your iPhone displays the password in use. By touching it you can modify it and put one of your choice.
Another difference here from Android phones is that in order to share an iPhone's internet connection, you won't need to define a name for your Wi-Fi network. It will automatically be named " iPhone ". You can activate tethering on your iPhone at will.
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Apart from sharing by Wi-Fi, on Android as on iPhone, you can also share your smartphone's internet connection via Bluetooth or via a USB cable.
Share the connection with your PC or Mac via a USB cable
For one reason or another, you may prefer to share your smartphone's internet connection wired rather than wirelessly. To achieve this, the steps are similar for these two categories of phones:
- On Android: Connect your USB cable to your computer. Go to the settings (it happens on the phone), Connections, Access point and modem and activate the USB modem. This is clearly visible on the third capture of the very first image.
- On iPhone: Connect your USB cable to your computer. Go to settings (iPhone), Tethering and choose iPhone from the list of network services in your settings.
Whether you opt for Wi-Fi or the USB cable, you can very well share the internet connection of your Android smartphone or iPhone with the rest of your devices. Between these two operating systems for mobile you will notice that, as for the sharing of the Internet connection by Wi-Fi, Android is the one which offers several functionalities.
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