Sharing the internet from one portable device to another is convenient and often causes problems on any given device. Whether it is a Windows computer, iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) or an Android smartphone; you will unexpectedly encounter a problem while using Mobile Hotspot one day. We have in-depth resources on repairing mobile hotspots on multiple devices and operating systems. In this guide, we will be focusing on Android.
First, verify that your device has strong cellular network power or reception. The mobile hotspot may automatically trigger on your Android device if there is no active cellular or internet connection. Hopefully the area you are in has strong network coverage. You can also try to deactivate the mobile hotspot and reactivate it after a certain time. Better yet, put your device in AirPlane mode for a few minutes and turn it off.
1. Restart the phone
It is common for (some features of) Android devices to act after running too many apps / processes or being left on for a long time. Fortunately, simply restarting the device can restore affected features, apps, or processes to normal. Restart your Andriod smartphone or tablet if the mobile hotspot continues to turn off. Hold the power button and tap Restart on the power options.
Proceed to the next solution if Mobile Hotspot keeps turning off after restarting your device.
2. Change the access point timeout settings
A few Android phones have timeout settings to automatically turn off Internet Connection Sharing if no device is connected. So check your phone’s mobile hotspot configuration for any timeout settings.
Step 1: Launch Settings and select “Network & Internet”.
2nd step: Select “Access point and tethering”.
Step 3: Select Wi-Fi hotspot.
Note: Depending on the make and model of your device, this option may be named Mobile hotspot or Internet hotspot.
Step 4: Press the Advanced drop-down button.
Step 5: Deactivate the option “Automatically deactivate the access point”.
On some Android smartphones – Samsung devices, for example – you will find the option to remove the hotspot timeout marked as Never timeout, “ Always keep the Wi-Fi hotspot on or Unlimited.
So if you see any of these options in your mobile hotspot settings, select it to turn off any time limit placed on your device’s internet tethering.
You can also configure the timeout settings to stay for longer, such as 30 minutes or more.
Note: Leaving a mobile hotspot on without a connected device can drain your phone or tablet battery more quickly.
3. Turn off the battery saver
If Mobile Hotspot continues to shut down on your Android device despite disabling (or changing) its timeout settings, verify that Battery Saver is not enabled. Battery saver, if enabled, has the power to temporarily limit certain apps to extend your device’s battery life. If your Android hotspot keeps turning off, turn off battery saver and try again.
Step 1: Launch Settings and select Battery.
2nd step: Then select Battery Saver.
Step 3: Press the “Power off now” button.
You can also turn off battery saver from your device’s notification panel. Swipe up from the top of your smartphone screen, find and tap the battery icon to turn off battery saver.
4. Turn off Wi-Fi
Mobile Hotspot on Android (and pretty much other mobile operating systems) only supports cellular / internet data connection. When you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, you cannot share the internet from your Android smartphone with other devices through Mobile Hotspot. This is what sometimes causes Android Hotspot to shut down.
If your smartphone’s Wi-Fi is always on, even if it is not connected to any network, it automatically searches for saved networks (for example, your home or office Wi-Fi networks). If it finds one, it establishes a connection and immediately deactivates your Mobile Hotspot. The same could happen with your phone or tablet.
If you turn on your mobile hotspot and it keeps turning off, turn off your device’s Wi-Fi. This should stabilize the hotspot connection. Go to Settings> Network & Internet> Wi-Fi and turn off Use Wi-Fi. You can also swipe down from the top of your screen and tap the Wi-Fi icon.
5. Update the phone
One of the best ways to avoid such issues is to keep your phone’s Android operating system up to date. Some older versions of Android have a broken history of the Mobile Hotspot feature. So, try to update your device’s operating system and hopefully this should fix the issue of turning off the mobile hotspot.
Enjoy an uninterrupted connection
Some file sharing applications (such as Xender) and other applications authorized to enable Internet Connection Sharing may also disrupt your device’s mobile hotspot. As convenient as it sounds, they could disrupt your mobile hotspot. Force quit these or other unused apps running in the background and try using Mobile Hotspot again. Additionally, resetting your phone’s network settings can also help resolve the issue. Try all of these solutions above and tell us which one worked the magic for you.
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Last updated on Nov 14, 2020
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