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Tether to a Hotspot

Did you know that your smartphone has (or can get) a “hotspot” feature? With the hotspot turned on, your phone can channel it’s 3G signal and act like a modem, allowing you to connect wifi-ony devices (laptops, tablets) to the internet. This is called “tethering.”

If you are in the car and you want to use your wifi-only tablet, turn on your phone’s hotspot and wirelessly tether your tablet to the phone’s signal. If you need to send a document from your laptop but you are not connected to a network, tether your laptop to your phone and access your email and the internet.Making this work is a two-step process:

1) Turn on the hotspot feature

You may have to activate it with your phone carrier before you use it for the first time. If you don’t see the feature listed at all, contact your carrier to request it.

  • Apple iPhone: settings > personal hotspot > on (note the pre-installed password or create one of your own)
  • Android Phone: settings > more > tethering and portable hotspot > on (note the pre-installed password or create one of your own)
  • Windows Phone:  settings > internet sharing > on (note the pre-installed password or create one of your own)

2) Connect the wifi-only device to the hotspot

Connect your tablet or computer to the phone’s network the same way you would connect it to your wifi network at home.This feature can be very convenient when you are traveling or if your home wifi is temporarily unavailable. Be sure you know how your carrier “charges” you for this feature though; typically, the data transfer used in tethering cuts into the data plan you pay for monthly.

Enjoy your uninterrupted productivity!