Use Your Personal Hotspot for Wi-Fi
Many people don’t realize they have a personal hotspot on their phone—a means of extending your phone’s network so it can be picked up by other devices (privately). I use mine all the time when I’m in a hotel and I don’t want to pay for Wi-Fi to use my laptop, or if I’m on a train or bus or airport.
All you have to do is go into your phone settings and look for the hotspot switch (“Personal Hotspot” on iOS). It all depends on the make and model of your smartphone, so you might want to Google the name of your phone and “personal hotspot” to find out where it’s located. Just be sure to call your cellular provider to find out if it’s included in your plan—and to be aware of the fact that using it is equivalent to using data on your phone, which matters if your data isn’t unlimited. You can even change the password to something you can remember and you can share it with your nearby friends. Convenient, and it can save you money!
Important note: As a few readers have reminded me, the personal hotspot is for domestic use only—unless you’ve determined the (likely inflated) data rate is worth it. Important to remember!
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