Share internet via your mobile phone

Internet-sharing through your mobile phone ("hotspot") makes it possible to connect to the internet on a computer/tablet/other mobile device, in the case that your wifi network at home is down.

How does it work?

Hotspot functions as a regular wifi network, where your mobile phone acts as the router. Hotspot usually usees your mobile data to share internet with another computer or device. We recommend that you do not use hotspot over a longer period of time, because it uses your private mobile data.

How to use hotspot

Read about how you set up hotspot on your mobile phone.


  1. To set up a hotspot, you must first open the settings app on your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Go to Personal Hotspot to access the Wi-Fi hotspot mode.
    iOS settings showing where to change settings for Cellular and Personal Hotspot
  3. If you are unable to find the Personal Hotspot button through the settings menu, you may also find it in the Cellular menu.
    iOS settings showing where to change settings for Personal Hotspot
  4. Make note of the Wi-Fi password and turn on your personal hotspot. The password is needed to connect to your computer. Press the button next to Personal Hotspot to turn it on.
    iOS settings showing where to turn on Personal Hotspot and where to write your password
  5. Now your personal hotspot should appear on your computer. Look for a Wi-Fi network with the name of your iOS device, such as “Tom’s iPhone”, on your computer and enter the password.


Hotspot settings on Android devices vary greatly from device to device - a Samsung will not necessarily have the same settings as a Xiaomi, for example. Therefore the general recommendation to find your hotspot settings is to enter the settings app and search for Tether.
Screenshot of an Android search for the word "tether"

  1. Once you have accessed the hotspot settings, take a minute to set it up.
    Screenshot of Android settings for how to set up a portable hotspot
  2. Options for Wi-Fi hotspots regularly include SSID, Password, and Security options.
    Screenshot of Android settings for how to set up a portable hotspot, specifically for SSID, WPA2 and password
    SSID is the name that will appear when you try to connect to the hotspot on your computer. We therefore recommend naming it something recognizable. We also recommend having a WPA2 or similar Wi-Fi security, and setting a secure password for your network.
  3. You should now be ready to activate your Wi-Fi hotspot and find it on your computer next to your other Wi-Fi connections. The password will be the one you set yourself.
    Screenshot of Android settings for how to turn on and connect to a portable hotspot


Published May 27, 2020 1:24 PM - Last modified June 4, 2020 2:42 PM