How To Increase Mobile Hotspot Speed On Android

Increase mobile hotspot speed on android devices

People are now working digitally and working from anywhere. The internet and mobile technology make for a super effective way to accommodate your work. Devices are portable; apps are available; and online tools are free. 

The only things you need are an internet connection and a device to keep you connected to the internet. While there are dedicated hotspot devices for such a purpose, you can easily do it through your smartphone. 

Why use a mobile hotspot? It can be good to set one up in certain situations:

  • It can become your own secure internet connection for when you don’t feel safe working on business documents, confidential emails, and secure PDFs while on an unsecured open WiFi hotspot.
  • You can easily connect other devices and set up a remote makeshift office.
  • Using a mobile hotspot can be a lot cheaper, saving you from roaming fees and a dedicated internet service charge.
  • You may also be able to charge it as business expense to your company, if you’re using it for work.
  • It comes in handy when you need to keep your business going when internet connection failures for the office happen.

Today we’re focusing on helping digital workers like you on how to quickly boost your own Android hotspot.

Why is my Hotspot Slow?

A slow hotspot speed, of course, varies with things like your connectivity (bad reception) and data caps (if you surpassed your data plan). The most common issue, however, is how your hotspot device is configured.  

The broadcast setting on your phone has an effect on your connection and speed. There are two main broadcast frequencies your Android phone has: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

A 2.4 GHz frequency is usually ideal for connections from a relatively far distance from your router. You’ll get a better range at longer distances, but at slower speeds and vulnerability to interference from other devices. 

A 5.0 GHz frequency, on the other hand, works best for short distances, giving you fast connection speeds when the device you’re working on is close to your smartphone.

Knowing just a bit about these frequencies can affect how quickly or slowly you can access the internet.

How To Make Android Hotspot Faster?

To make your Android hotspot faster, you will need to take a look at the WiFi Band settings. You should have the options on your Android system to switch between 2.4 and 5.0 GHz. 

While there are different ways to access this setting depending on your phone manufacturer, you can find them using the general steps below as a rough guideline. 

First, enable your smartphone as a hotspot.

1. Go into Settings (usually the gear icon on your homescreen) > Hotspot and Tethering.

2. Enable the WiFi hotspot.

Then go into your Hotspot and Tethering options by tapping on the Hotspot and Tethering option itself.  

3. Tap on the three dots for more options at the top of the screen for more options.

Configuring mobile hotspot on Android

3. Tap on Configure Mobile Hotspot > Show advanced options.

4. Select Use 5Ghz band when available.

Advanced mobile hotspot settings

5. Tap on Save. 

That’s all there is to it. You should be able to see a difference in performance on your laptop or other mobile device connected to your hotspot. 

Next time you need a quick internet fix, you can put your smartphone to use and create a fast, secure and personalized hotspot.