Every Android smartphone these days comes with a hotspot feature, however, for some reason, it is not good enough for your needs, we have the best hotspot apps for Android. Setting up a hotspot can be a bit confusing, especially if you have an older Android smartphone. Thankfully, it is still an Android and this means you have a ton of options to make everything easier.
I’m going to go ahead and tell you to use the built-in hotspot feature that you get with your Android device. I understand that some older smartphones may have some weird way to access it; making it unintuitive. However, it is still better than the 3rd party apps you may want to use.
That’s right, even the best hotspot apps for Android cannot hold a candle to the built-in hotspot feature that ships with your Android smartphone or tablet. This is one of those lists that doesn’t enhance a certain feature, like the best camera apps for Android or the best browsers for Android; it’s one of those where you choose an app because there is no other option available.
Note: The 5 Best hotspot apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone and a Wi-Fi only Asus 7 inch tablet. I used a 4G connection on my phone and connected the tablet to it via hotspot. The apps worked fine and very few problems arose during testing.
Wifi Hotspot Free
If you want other devices to connect to your smartphone or tablet wirelessly, you can use this app to gain that functionality. This way you can share the Internet connection from one device with multiple others.
Keep in mind that if you have data caps, you might be careful sharing your 4G connection over Wi-Fi with strangers; you never know when someone decides to download a huge file.
All you need to do is turn on the mobile data Internet connection, start this app, enter the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot you want, set a password and simply press start. That’s it, the other devices will start seeing the Internet connection easily and can connect with it in mere seconds.Show Downloads
- Free & $0.993
Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
Technically speaking every app is a portable version of something, like a standard map app for Android, would be technically portable. So, this portable Wi-Fi hotspot is actually just a Wi-Fi hotspot with nothing new to offer.
All you need to do is press a button and it will turn on the “portable” Wi-Fi hotspot and that will be it. If you want to, you can change the name of the Wi-Fi hotspot so that it’s easier to find for others. You can also protect it with a password, this way no random person will connect and leech off your data.
App is fairly simple and does what it’s meant to do, there is nothing more here to see. The funny thing is, it actually uses the built-in hotspot feature of your phone and simply turns it on, so I wouldn’t exactly call it an app.Show Downloads
Wifi Hotspot Tethering
This is another simple hotspot app for Android, and it is as bare-bones as they come. It basically allows you to share the network with any other device in the vicinity. So, for example, if you want to use the Internet on your laptop, but you don’t have a free Wi-Fi connection anywhere nearby, you can easily turn on this app on your smartphone and use the 4G connection on the laptop.
This does makes the life a bit easier, especially when you’re traveling to other countries or cities. However, regarding functionality or new features, I’m afraid this app is also not going to provide anything else. If I’m completely honest, this is another toggle for the built-in hotspot functionality your smartphones already come with. This is exactly why I recommended that you stick with the default hotspot option built into your phones.Show Downloads
All this is a relatively new app on the scene, I really like how it at least tries to offer value for your download. This app comes with a pretty standard looking yet usable interface that is a nice change from other apps on the list.
Apart from providing completely basic functionality like turning on the Wi-Fi, there are some advanced features available here. For example, you can set the Wi-Fi to turn on when the device gets unlocked.
It also allows you to turn on Wi-Fi when the battery is low. You can also create portable mobile hotspots with this app and even watch network traffic as well as information.Show Downloads
Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Portable
This is a relatively well-designed app and allows you to only access hotspot related features right on one screen. There is a huge Wi-Fi button that you can press to turn on the hotspot right on the main screen.
Below that, you can change the network name, select the type of security you want for the connection and even set up a password. I also like that the app developer has offered a show password feature, which is quite useful in the long run.Show Downloads
This concludes the 5 best hotspot apps for Android list. Sometimes even in the Android world, there are certain categories that are not populated enough and this is certainly one of those categories. On other lists like this, for example, the Quick Tile Compatible Apps for Android list, the feature is new and evolving and there is hope for more improvement. Unfortunately, this is the best hotspot apps for Android there ever will be because they are not widely used and secondly, Android already comes with a very useful built-in feature.
I may be missing some of the uses of these apps that have completely skipped my mind so, feel free to tell me what other uses there can be in the comments below.