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How to create a portable hotspot on your Android device and share your mobile data via Wi-Fi or USB

How to create a portable hotspot on your Android device and share your mobile data via Wi-Fi or USB
Sharing your smartphone's mobile data with other devices in your keep can be a life saver, and seriously ranks among the very coolest thing your smartphone can do. Got a tablet without a data module? No problem, just tether it to your smartphone or create a portable hotspot. No WiFi available, but you want to check something on your laptop? No problem, just tether it to your smartphone or create a portable hotspot. Indeed, the scenarios you may find yourself in where a portable data hotspot comes in handy are many and varied, and it helps to remember both that you have that option with your Android, and how exactly to turn it on.

That's exactly what we'll be showing you in today's quick guide. Now, while this may sound like a fairly easy operation (and it is), we've come across quite a few people that are either unaware of that feature of their smartphone, or just have a darn hard time locating it in the settings menu. That last part is not entirely surprising, seeing as the option is usually buried under several layers of settings. 

In any case, we've outlined the steps (which are mostly identical) for several popular Android devices and their respective Android software version. These include the all new LG G3, the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, the Nexus 5, and the Sony Xperia Z1, but will very likely work for most any Android device out there. Take a look.

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posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:02 3

1. md227a (Posts: 121; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Most be a slow news day, to post an article like this?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:09

2. Antimio (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Sorry, too busy BC of the world cup

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:45

3. DillWeed (Posts: 57; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Hey, piss off. I believe that everyone who opens this Web site already knows how to do this basic thing.
What next, how to change wallpaper?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:56

4. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


*facepalm*

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 10:58

5. Gaurav008 (Posts: 274; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


*facepalm*

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:55 3

6. eman99 (Posts: 214; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


There is nothing about the fact that you have to pay for this service through your carrier

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:13

16. TruPatriot (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Could have been thought through a lot better

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 11:58

7. eman99 (Posts: 214; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


It say I have to subscribe to use the feature

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 16:49

14. Kude_1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Just depends on what service / plan you have. All of the new plans come with it now. I'm sure about sprint, but T-Mobile, ATT, and Verizon its all included in the data packages.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 17:13

15. TruPatriot (Posts: 89; Member since: 27 May 2013)


well you're wrong.

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 19:20

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1300; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Well...we are free to do it here in india...
US carriers are ripping of customers seriously...

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:11

8. jphillips63 (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Really PA you guys think we are so dumb we can't turn on our own wifi hotspot on our phones and tether our laptops or tablets to them?

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:15

9. darksaber (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)


Old news.....

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 12:53 1

11. nothingmuch (Posts: 161; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Maybe old news, bbuuut everyday there are still newcomers to android! Bravo PA for keeping up the "how to's" periodically.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:09

18. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 156; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


I agree

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:11

19. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 156; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


I agree 100% with you...Thanks PhoneArena!

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 15:01

12. deewinc (Posts: 155; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hahaha someone is busy watching the WorldCup

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:16

20. Antimio (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


That's me

posted on 17 Jun 2014, 15:04 1

13. sprockkets (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They should show how to use pdanet+ on phones where att and Verizon remove it.

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