How can you use your phone to connect your laptop to the Internet when you have spotted WiFi

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You can create your own Wi-Fi hotspot by using your smartphone in seconds.

If you are trying to jump on Wi-Fi in a cafe, airport or hotel, chances are you already know how these networks can be slow. Worse, they may be vulnerable to insecurity and hackers who may try to snoop your data.

If you use a smartphone, you surf wireless data networks that are faster than ever and can be much faster than a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can download the movie before a jump by plane or Netflix flows into the doctor’s office.

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If you have a data plan, we recommend that you have an unlimited data plan for the Wi-Fi hotspot setting It’s a breeze to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot. If you do not have an unlimited plan, you may incur additional costs. If you are not sure, you should make a quick call to your operator to make sure you have the function.

We get this guide pause Android and iOS, so you can start any smartphone you use.

How to turn an iPhone into a mobile hotspot:

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On iOS, open Settings >> Personal Hotspot and press the switch button to turn it on. You can also set your Wi-Fi password, you want to make them unique. Look at the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot on your computer and log in with the password you just made.

How to do that with an Android Phone

Android Phone
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Android (in this case, a Galaxy S8), open Settings> Connections> Mobile Hotspot and Tethering and the “Mobile Hotspot” switch in. You can configure your network name and the choice of security. Make sure that you choose to enable security and set a password. Through the open network, you are more vulnerable to attacks. Then, on your laptop, find the hotspot and log in with the password you created.

That’s it! Now you browse your secure Wi-Fi network and as long as you have good data coverage, you probably walk faster than the free access point in a cafe.


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