IOS/Apple Phone:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app and then tap Personal Hotspot.
  2. On the next screen tap the slider labelled Personal Hotspot to activate the feature.
  3. Just below the slider button you will also see the password for your smartphone’s hotspot. Tap the password box and you will be able to change it to anything you like. Once you have changed the password tap Done.
  4. The iPhone automatically uses the device name as the hotspot name. So, if you named your phone “Bob’s iPhone” that’s what your hotspot will be called.

Android:

  1. On Android, open the Settings app, and under Wireless & networks tap More.
  2. On the next screen, tap Tethering & portable hotspot and then tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot. A small pop-up window will appear with the name of your Wi-Fi hotspot, the password, and the Wi-Fi band your phone is using. All these options can be changed from this window.
  3. Most people can ignore the band options, but you should rename your Wi-Fi hotspot and change the password. Just like your regular router, it’s always a good idea to change the default name.
  4. To reveal your phone’s hotspot password tap the Show password checkbox, and then change the password to something of your choosing.
  5. Once you’ve got everything set up the way you like it, tap Save to close the pop-up window.
  6. Now, it’s time to activate the portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Once again go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Tethering & portable hotspot. Now tap the slider labelled Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to the on position (it will turn green).

Back to your PC

Now that you’ve got your phone up and running, it’s time to switch your laptop over to the new Wi-Fi hotspot. These instructions are specifically for Windows 10, but other versions of Windows will behave similarly.

Really, there’s no difference between connecting a PC to your phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot or a regular router.

  1. In the taskbar, click on the Wi-Fi symbol on the far right. Then from the list of various Wi-Fi access points choose the name of the hotspot for your phone, and then enter the password. If all goes well, you should connect quite easily.