Set Up WiFi & WiFi Hostspot in 6 Easy Steps

What is Wi-fi

Wi-fi is a way of connecting to the internet, via a wireless router, without having to be connected to a broadband socket.

How to Connect to Wi-Fi Network

Connecting your Android device to the internet is certainly going to be one of the first things you will want to do. You have a couple of options for connecting to the internet on Android. If you have access to a Wi-fi network at home, at work or elsewhere, this is the best option in terms of speed and reliability. By following these steps, setting up your Wi-fi connection should be relatively pain-free.

You need to make sure that you know the name of, and the password for, your chosen Wi-fi Network. If you don’t know already, you can usually find it printed on a label stuck to the back or bottom of your wireless router.

Step 1: Open the Settings app and look for the Wi-Fi heading. Before you can start to find your Wi-Fi connection, you will need to turn the feature on. Drag the slider to the right.

Step 2: Now tap the Wi-Fi heading. The device will scan and any networks within range will appear in a list. Next to each is an indication of signal strength and whether the network is secured.

Step 3: Hopefully you will see your Wi-Fi network in the list (if not, tap Scan to try again to find it) Tap the name of your network and you will be prompted to enter your Wi-Fi password.

Step 4: If you can’t see your network in the list of networks, tap to add a Wi-Fi Network button. You will then need to type in your Network SSID (if you know it) and select the security type (which is normally WEP or WPA).

Step 5: Your device will now attempt to connect to the Wi-Fi network. If successful, the Wi-Fi icon will then appear in the status bar of your device. When your next turn Wi-Fi on, it will automatically choose this network, if it is in range.

Step 6: Android lets you choose whether your phone notifies you when a public/accessible Wi-Fi network is in range. This is useful if you travel or work on the road a lot. Turn this on in the Advanced Wi-Fi settings.

How to Setup Up a Wi-fi Hotspot

Despite how it may sound, a Wi-Fi hotspot does not allow you to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi, but rather allow you to use Wi-Fi to connect a PC or laptop to your phone and, through your phone’s data connection, connect to the internet.

Step 1: Open Settings > Wireless and Network (in some cases, it will be under “Connections”) and then scroll down until you see Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot or a Mobile Hotspot and Tethering option. The option name may vary slightly between handsets from different manufacturers.

Step 2: Now either touch the option called Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Settings or slide down the notification bar and choose Confiture Hotspot. Here you will be able to set the SSID (name) of the hotspot and set a password to stop anyone else jumping on your connection.

Step 3: Using any Wi-Fi enabled PC or laptop, search for available Wi-Fi access points and you should see the SSID (the name you set) of your new mobile hotspot, Enter the password you set previously on your phone, and you will be connected to the Internet through the hotspot and data connection.

Hope this step by step guide will help you to connect to a mobile wifi network without any problem. If you are unable to connect, please let us know using the comments section below.