Setting up a Mobile Hotspot
Learn how to set up a WiFi hotspot from the two most commonly-used cell phone operating systems.
A WiFi hotspot is a temporary, location-based WiFi source. This is a technology that may be used while off-campus, if an individual user has a device or data/cellular plan that includes a WiFi hotspot option. The availability of a hotspot is dependent on the user, their device, and their carrier cell phone plan.
For quick access within this article:
- Apple iPhones
- Android Phones
- Cell Carrier Specific Hotspot Instructions
Note: Hotspots are not needed on campus at the University of Minnesota - students, faculty, and staff should connect to the eduroam WiFi network.
- Use iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot
- This resource lets you choose the iOS version your phone is on and updates the instructions accordingly.
- (Video) How to use Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad
- This video shows how to set up a mobile hotspot on a new iPhone, however, the location of this feature is still under settings in most iPhones from the last 3-4 years.
- Enabling a Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Tab the Settings icon in your home screen or app drawer
- Under Wireless & networks, tap More.
- Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
- Tap the toggle next to Portable WiFi hotspot to enable your hotspot.
- How to Turn Your Android Phone into a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot
- (Video) How To Enable And Use Wi-Fi Hotspot On Android
Your cell phone carrier may also provide additional instructions for setting up a mobile hotspot. Note that not every carrier provides additional instructions. If your carrier is not listed, please see the Apple and Android specific guides above.
- Set up your device as a mobile hotspot and share your data connection with Wi-Fi-capable devices
- (Video) How to Set Up a Personal Mobile Hotspot
- Setting up a mobile hotspot from your T-Mobile Phone
- Additional T-Mobile visual instructions by phone type