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Turn Your Android Mobile Phone into a Wifi Hotspot for Free

by Deona Hooper, MSW

Jail Break or root, neither of these terms are appealing even when discussing how to turn your phone into a wifi enabled mobile hotspot without accruing a monthly charge by your service provider. Have you ever created the best presentation using the hottest technology out there only to find out the office or classroom where you are giving  the presentation does not have internet access? What is a tech guru to do without internet access?

Well, there are a few solutions depending upon which mobile operating system that you are using. By far, Android users have the absolute best options for the wifi economically challenged.

Iphone users, you are out of luck with this tip because Apple blocks the hottest mobile app download FoxFi that will turn your phone into a mobile hotspot without any root or  jailbreak  which will instantly void the warranty of your phone.

AT&T and Sprint have disabled their android users’ ability to download FoxFi from Google play using their mobile internet access. However, if you navigate to Foxfi from a desktop computer, you can use your camera to scan the QR code located on the Foxfi webpage.

By scanning the QR code,  your phone will instantly install the Foxi mobile app without needing to download through your mobile internet access. Now, you have an instant mobile hotspot that can operate up to five devices without a monthly charge. No spike in your internet service because you could be looking a movie on Netflix.

Iphone users, your best option other than adding a monthly mobile hotspot charge, is buying an av adapter for your Apple product which sells for approximately $40.00 at the Apple store. With this adapter, you can connect a regular HDMI cable to the HDMI port on any up to date LCD or Plasma TV.  HDMI cables can be purchased for 8 to 20 dollars at any electronics store or at Walmart. This option will only help you provided your school or agency has actually sprung for updated electronic equipment.

Otherwise, you may be better off printing out your powerpoint presentation and go old school with a handout. How did this tip work out for you?

Written by Deona Hooper, MSW

Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, technology, and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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I am thinking of making the leap to the Galaxy, but I have gotten comfortable with Apple. Change does not come easy to me.

I definitely understand. I used my ipad to connect to the projector in order to conduct class.

I have an iphone too. So this tip has not actually helped me much. I have been thinking about making the jump to Android. Unfortunately, my carrier charges for the hotspot.

I have an iPhone, and i can turn it into a hotspot… there is no charge to use it, except data, if i go over..

I only work from home at the moment, but this is great info should I choose to work on the go

As a teacher, yes! There’s nothing worse than having an amazing interactive lesson planned, only to find no internet access.

great tip, and easy to do – great if you don’t already have a mobile data card like I do!

Nice tweak, Just did this in my galaxy s3, android has always been a great operating system, so this tweak isn’t coming as a surprise to me