Top 7 Ways to Fix Android Mobile Hotspot Not Working

Parth Shah

We are relying on mobile hotspot more than ever in the work from home situation. If there is any problem with your local Internet Service Provider (ISP), we immediately switch to the mobile hotspot for a temporary workaround. While it’s a smooth experience on the iPhone, you can't say the same about Android phones. There can be a time when the Android hotspot will stop working for you.

Fix hotspot not working on Android

Usually, it’s a standard affair to turn on an internet hotspot on an Android phone. There are multiple factors that cause the Android mobile hotspot not working as expected. Read on the troubleshooting methods to fix the issue.

1. Enable/Disable Airplane Mode

If there are some issues with the network connection on the phone, this simple trick might resolve that.

Pull down the notification center from the top. Enable the Airplane toggle. The OS will turn off all the network connections on the phone. Wait for a minute and turn back the Airplane mode on.

Enabledisable airplane more
Enable airplane

Now go to Settings, navigate to Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering > Wi-Fi hotspot, and enable the toggle from the following menu.

2. Enable Mobile Data

This is another basic step that you need to check off before moving forward with advanced methods.

Enable mobile data

Open the notification center from the top. Enable Mobile data toggle and make sure you have healthy network coverage bars at the top.

3. Turn off Battery Saver mode

Android’s default Battery Saver mode keeps the battery life in check, especially when the phone is running out of juice. It will close other open apps that you're not actively using to limit the Android system’s energy usage in the background.

Battery Saver mode will also suspend all the apps' background activity. The mode might interfere with the hotspot connectivity on the phone. It’s better to turn it from the Settings.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Go to the Battery menu.

Step 3: Select Battery Saver.

Turn off battery saver
Battery saved turned off

Step 4: Tap the Turn off now option.

How will you identify the Battery Saver mode in the first place? You will notice reduced animations, turned-off haptics, and an orange battery indicator in the menu bar.

4. Turn off Data Saver Mode

To help reduce data usage, Data Saver prevents some apps from sending or receiving data in the background. An app you are currently using can access data but may do so less frequently.

For a flawless hotspot experience on other devices, we recommend turning off Data Saver mode from the Android Settings menu. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Navigate to the Network & internet menu.

Turn off data saver
Data saver turned off

Step 3: Select Data Saver and turn off the toggle from the following menu.

5. Disable VPN

Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) might mess up with mobile connectivity on the phone. We would advise disabling VPN before using the hotspot on the phone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the Android phone.

Step 2: Go to Network & internet > Advanced > VPN and remove irrelevant VPN profiles.

Turn off vpn

Now go ahead, enable the mobile hotspot and try to connect other devices to the main Android phone.

6. Set Higher Data Limit

Android OS allows you to set a data limit for a specific billing cycle. It is designed to keep data usage in check. If you have set the data limit on your Android device and exhausted the data, the OS will automatically turn off mobile data to save you from extra billing from the carrier.

You need to set the data limit higher from the Android Settings menu to enable the mobile data on the phone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Go to Connections > Data usage menu.

Go to data usage menu
Mobile data usage

Step 3: Select Mobile data usage and tap on the little Settings icon beside the billing cycle.

Step 4: Tap on Data Limit and set the data usage at a higher number so that the OS won’t automatically turn it off.

Select settings
Set data limit

7. Switch to a Different Wi-Fi Band

Most new phones support both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi bands. That’s not the case with some old Android phones.

The receiving device might only support the 2.4 GHz band. In that case, if you have set the 5.0 GHz band on the main phone then the receiving device won’t be able to catch that. Also, you won’t see a successful device pair. Follow the steps below to change Wi-Fi Band on the Android phone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Android phone.

Step 2: Navigate to Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering > Wi-Fi hotspot menu.

Select wi fi hotspot
Select ap band

Step 3: Go Advanced > AP Band and select 2.4 GHz.

Select 2 4 G Hz

Now try connecting the other device to the Android mobile hotspot again.

Start Using Internet Again

Hotspot not working on your Android device might mess up your workflow. It can lead to unproductive hours as well. Go through the steps above and troubleshoot the hotspot not working on the Android phone. Which trick worked for you? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.