Many of us use our phones as WiFi HotSpots. It is such a handy feature that most smartphones have available these days. If you aren’t familiar with what this is, just read the explanation at the end of this post.
However, I used to find that the multiple taps to turn it on or off, I need to go to Settings – Wireless & Networks – Tethering & Hotspot, was a pain in the you-know-what. So of course, I did a quick search through the PlayStore until I came up with one that was easy to setup and use and best of all – without ads!
This one from Stephen McBride is the one I settled on and I use it nearly every day when travelling now. Just download the small (25K would have to be the smallest one I’ve installed in years) app and put a shortcut to it on a home screen, then a single tap takes me straight to the Tethering & Portable Hotspot area in settings where I just tap to turn it on or off – simplicity itself.
Once there I can configure my HotSpot if necessary but I find once it is set up I don’t need to change it.
Let us know in the comments if you have found another you prefer.
WiFi HotSpot Settings
Price : FREE
Size : 25kb
Needs : Android 2.2+
Explanation of a HotSpot (also known as tethering).
Setting up a HotSpot on your phone enables you to share your phone’s internet connection with other devices like tablets and laptops. You must of course, have a cellular data plan on your phone for this to work but as many Telcos provide at least some monthly data on their phone plans, it makes sense to be able to use this however you want.
To set up and use it, first go to the configuration area in settings (I mentioned where to find this above), then change the SSID to something easier to identify your hotspot – I call mine ‘GreyNomadsPhone’ – turn on security (WPA2 is best) and then enter a password so no one else within range can connect and use your internet connection.
You then turn the HotSpot on by tapping the appropriate item (mine is called Portable WiFi hotspot) and then connect to it from your laptop or tablet. As with all WiFi connections, you just need to enter the password you chose once and the device you are connecting will remember it for you.