Android’s hotspot feature allows you to share your phone’s internet with other compatible devices nearby. Sometimes you will find that while your other devices can connect to your hotspot, they are not getting the internet access they should.
If that happens, it indicates that your phone’s hotspot is not working, and there are many reasons for this. Here we’ll show you some quick ways to get around Android’s hotspot problems on your phone.
Toggle Airplane Mode to Fix Cellular Data/Wi-Fi Issues
When you experience a network-related problem like your current one, toggle Airplane mode on and off and see if that helps resolve your issue. When you do this, your phone will disconnect from all wireless networks. Then, when you disable the mode, your phone will establish new new connections.
That will help clear up any glitches in your connections that might cause your hotspot to not work.
- Pull down from the top of your phone’s screen to reveal options.
- Tap Flight mode to enable the mode on your phone.
- Wait about ten seconds.
- Tap Flight mode again to turn off the mode.
- Turn on your hotspot and see if that works.
Restart your Android phone
If turning Airplane Mode on and off didn’t fix your problem, try restarting your phone and see if that helps. You completely close all your apps, services and temporary files when you restart your phone. All these items will be reloaded when your phone is turned back on.
That helps in fixing a lot of phone issues including hotspot issues. You can restart your Android phone by running the . to hold Current button and select Restarting from the menu.
When your phone is back on, enable the hotspot and it should work.
Turn off Android’s battery saver mode
Android offers a battery saving mode to save battery consumption on your phone. While the mode intelligently detects ways to save battery, it sometimes causes problems with various Android functions.
The problem with your phone’s hotspot not working could be due to restrictions set by the battery saver mode. One way to confirm and fix this issue is to disable the mode and see if your hotspot works.
- launch Settings on your phone.
- Scroll down and tap Battery in Settings.
- Select Battery saver on the screen that opens.
- Switch the . from Turn on now option at the top. This will disable the battery saver mode.
- Activate your phone’s hotspot.
Disable your VPN app
If you’re a VPN (virtual private network) on your phone, it is worth disabling that service to solve your problem with the hotspot not working on your Android. A VPN acts as an intermediary in your network connection, which can have adverse consequences for certain connections on your phone.
The exact steps to disable a VPN vary depending on the app you use. You will usually find the option to deactivate the service in the main interface of your VPN app.
Change the AP band for your hotspot connection
Many Android phones allow you to customize the AP band used for your Wi-Fi hotspot. If you have a device that doesn’t support a specific band, change your hotspot’s current band. This should probably solve your problem.
You can switch between 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands for your hotspot.
- Open your phone Settings app.
- go to Wi-Fi and network † Hotspot and tethering † Wi-Fi hotspot in Settings.
- Press AP band choice.
- If your current band is set to 2.4GHzchange that to 5.0GHz† If your current band is set to 5.0GHzthen change that to 2.4GHz†
- Tap Apply to apply the changes to your phone.
- Connect your devices to your hotspot and see if they can connect to the internet.
Disable the “Automatic Shutdown” option
On most Android phones, your hotspot will be turned off automatically if you don’t connect your devices within the specified time frame. This could be the function that is causing it: problems with your hotspotbecause your hotspot will be turned off before your devices have a chance to connect.
Fortunately, you can disable this option so that your hotspot will always remain on.
- launch Settings on your phone.
- Navigate to Wi-Fi and network † Hotspot and tethering † Wi-Fi hotspot in Settings.
- Switch the . from Automatically turn off hotspot choice.
- Turn on your hotspot and start connecting your devices.
Using Bluetooth tethering on Android
One of the good things about owning an Android phone is that most phones offer multiple tethering options. This means that if you can’t use a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone, this way you can enable Bluetooth tethering and access the internet on your other devices.
It’s worth switching to a Bluetooth “hotspot” if you’re constantly having trouble with your Wi-Fi hotspot. Make sure your other devices are Bluetooth compatible so they can connect to your phone.
- Open your phone Settings app.
- Go to Wi-Fi and network † Hotspot and tethering in Settings.
- Activate the Bluetooth tethering choice.
- Connect your other devices to your phone via Bluetooth and your devices can access the internet.
reset Android network settings
If you have incorrectly specified or faulty network settings on your phone, it can cause your phone’s hotspot to not work. If you’re not sure if that’s the case, reset your phone’s network settings to their defaults, which should resolve any issues.
Once the settings are reset, you can reconfigure them according to your needs.
- Access Settings on your phone.
- Scroll all the way down and tap System†
- Tap Reset options†
- Select Reset Wi-Fi, Cellular and Bluetooth on the top.
- Choose the Reset settings choice.
- Once the settings are reset, reconfigure your Wi-Fi hotspot and it should work.
The Nuclear Option: Factory Reset Your Android Phone
If your Android hotspot is still not working, the problem is probably with your phone’s system. In this case, factory reset your phone which should fix the problem.
Keep in mind that you will lose all your files and settings when you reset your phone. Therefore make sure that you back up your data before continuing.
- Open Settings on your phone.
- Scroll down and tap System†
- To elect Reset options†
- Select Clear all data (factory reset)†
- Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your phone.
- Once you’re done resetting, set up your phone from scratch.
Turn Android’s non-working hotspot into a working one
A lot people rely on their android phone’s hotspot to surf the Internet on their computers. If your hotspot ever stops working, it can cause problems in your personal and professional life. Luckily, you don’t have to be stuck with the problem anymore as the above methods should help you get your hotspot back in action. Good luck!