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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19 Comments

1. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

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

2. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

Sorry, too busy BC of the world cup

3. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 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?

4. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

*facepalm*

5. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

*facepalm*

6. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

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

16. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Could have been thought through a lot better

7. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

It say I have to subscribe to use the feature

14. Kude_1

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

15. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

well you're wrong.

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

8. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 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?

9. darksaber

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Old news.....

11. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

18. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

I agree

19. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

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

12. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

hahaha someone is busy watching the WorldCup

20. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

That's me

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

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