Android 2.2: Make Your Device a Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot

You can use your Android phone as a portable hotspot and get your iPad, iPod Touch, Zune HD, or any other wireless device online. This is a great save when there are no available wireless connections available.

1. Go to the Home screen.

2. Select the Menu key.

3. Select Settings.

4. Select Wireless & networks.

5. Select Tethering & portable hotspot.

6. Check the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox.

7. Select Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.

8. Select Configure Wi-Fi hotspot.

9. Input a Network SSID for your connection.

10. Select a security protocol. Options are Open and WPA2 PSK.

If you select WPA2 PSK, input a password for the connection and then select the Save button.

Your portable hotspot is now created.

You will use the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot checkbox from above to enable and disable the connection. Once the connection is active, go to the device you wish to connect and configure its wireless connection to the Network SSID for you Android device and input the password (if you are using WPA2 PSK). You now have wireless access for your iPad, iPhone Touch, Zune HD, etc. anytime there is a cellular connection for your Android phone.


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19 Responses to “Android 2.2: Make Your Device a Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot”

  1. May 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm, Amanda said:

    How do you redownload applications when you update my android to a 2.2.


  2. May 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm, Randi said:

    Doesn’t work on Verizon, there is no option for tethering & portable wi-fi hotspot in step 5.


    • September 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm, Sethjparker said:

      What phone do you have? Some phones don’t support it (I think).


      • September 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm, Anonymous said:

        That’s exactly right. That’s one of the problems with Android… all the carriers and phone manufacturers can tweak and add/remove features as they wish.

        All phone companies do not allow tethering on Android.


  3. November 24, 2010 at 9:49 am, Guest said:

    I can get my laptop to connect to the wifi hotspot on the phone, but I cannot browse the web on my laptop. It is fine when using the phone and I have a 3G network, but no ability to browse on my laptop.


    • December 31, 2010 at 6:27 am, Psmkreddy said:

      Just go to laptop wifi network settings and in properties just change TCP/IP 4 setytings to DHCP…..


  4. January 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm, Cherries Angela said:

    i was able to get the potable to work how does the tethering work?? i have tmobile g2


  5. January 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm, Jo8flix said:

    i dont think tmobile is letting us do it man


    • January 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm, Wild said:

      How about Verizon?>


  6. April 21, 2011 at 9:32 am, Tina said:

    Can I connect a portable Wi-Fi hotspot from my another mobile


  7. September 08, 2011 at 2:57 pm, jonny said:

    can you do it without paying and 2.3 version


  8. November 01, 2011 at 2:01 am, micnolmad said:

    For those missing the tethering options just root your phone and you got full control. is the way to go.


  9. February 03, 2012 at 5:14 am, angie said:

    I can’t get my kindle to connect it said its connected but it can’t get online


  10. February 12, 2012 at 1:40 am, portable wireless router said:

    Just go to laptop wifi network settings and in properties just change TCP/IP 4 setytings to DHCP…


  11. March 01, 2012 at 2:18 pm, Android user said:

    Root your android phone, install xrecovery, flash a newer android version , you will get all features.
    I use my x10 mini as a portable wifi device.


  12. July 25, 2012 at 12:26 am, sarah said:

    Can you get there wifi hotspot on there HTC HD7? I’ve tried and looked for iton there app store but so far there are no hints or ideas. Would love to get it as then I can use my laptop when using on college.


  13. October 01, 2012 at 3:12 am, Justin said:

    I have my andriod mobile samsung but my apple Ipad wont recognise the samsung hotspot. So I need to now get an apple iphone or is their an app for andriod?? Thankyou heaps!!


  14. January 18, 2013 at 8:26 am, Nokie said:

    My iPad finds my phone’s hot spot but when I enter my password it says can not join. What have I done wrong? I have checked my password over and over. ? My phone is an Android HTC and works with another iPad! Help
    Thank you in advance.


    • January 18, 2013 at 8:40 am, Nokie said:

      I have an Android HTC phone that I use as a hot spot for my iPad, but my wife’s iPad will not connect . It finds the hot spot but when I enter the password it says can not join ?
      Thank you in advance.


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