That old mobile that many of us keep practically forgotten in the bottom of a drawer as an emergency phone can also be used to convert it to another type of device and get us out of trouble, or save us money. money by avoiding having to buy another product. For example, we can turn our old mobile into a security camera or a Dash CAM for the car, or a Wi-Fi router as we will see in this article.

We cannot always contract fiber or ADSL at home. Cabling does not reach everyone, and/or sometimes one only wishes to rent internet for a very short time, so to avoid stays and installations, an alternative is to use a mobile internet tariff to provide internet to all home, and if we don’t have a 4G WiFi or MiFi 4G router, we can use our old mobile.

Create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your old Android

Wi-Fi hotspot on Android 6.0

From Android 2.3 we can create a Wi-Fi zone to share the data connection of our device with the rest of the devices in the house through a Wi-Fi connection issued by our old mobile.

To do this, in addition to inserting the SIM card with the data rate, we must activate the function which for most Android versions and customization layers is called Wi-Fi Zone and in versions latest, Internet Sharing.

In most devices and versions, the steps to follow to convert our old mobile into a WiFi router are as follows:

Go to Settings > Wireless & networks or Settings > Network & Internet. Click on the Tethering & Wi-Fi Hotspot or Internet Sharing & Wi-Fi Hotspot section, among other variants. On some mobiles, you will have to click on “More” to see this option. Enable the switch “Wi-Fi Zone or Wi-Fi Hotspot or Internet Sharing. There you can configure the Wi-Fi zone from this same screen or by tapping on the option of said name. There you will have to add a name, a password and on some devices choose hotspot band Hotspot on Android 9.0

The configuration of the last point is very important, since we must add a password to protect the connection and thus prevent anyone from connecting to our Wi-Fi connection for our data rate. Once the configuration is complete, the rest of the devices in your home, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and televisions, will be able to connect to the Wi-Fi signal emitted by your old mobile.

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