How can I WiFi tether my WiFi internet (connected to my phone)?

As soon as I try to turn on WiFi tethering, it turns off my WiFi and tries to tether the mobile data.


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You can't do that. WiFi Tethering on Android is designed to make your device a hotspot (providing WiFi access) and using the internet connection from mobile (3G /LTE /4G /whatever).

  • I had a galaxy phone (way back), it was running on Froyo (android 2.2), I was able to WiFi tether my phone's WiFi from that device. (I am not lying, and I know it was not anything else) Aug 13, 2015 at 9:04
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    Standard Android nowadays is unable to do that. I guess that the hardware to be a hotspot is the same used to get wifi signal, so the device can't enable both features at the same time.
    – jcbermu
    Aug 13, 2015 at 9:07
  • Ohh, I see, Thx! Aug 13, 2015 at 9:13
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    There is no "hardware to be a hotspot". Any hardware that can be a wireless client can be a hot spot at the same time. It is purely a software matter.
    – qasdfdsaq
    Aug 14, 2015 at 9:06

in principle, it is possible. Your mobile will then act as a WiFi repeater. As mobile phones are designed to establish only one WiFi connection at a time, the solutions require some tinkering and are said to be not very stable.

  1. For rooted Android smartphones, there is an app called FQRouter2 available which promises to turn the smartphone into a WiFi repeater.
  2. You can, of course, also try "Bluetooth Tethering" if your PC has Bluetooth. But of course, Bluetooth does not reach as far as WLAN.

Kind regards.

  • I've worked with FQRouter2 - it's current state is that it requires root, will not start due to some VPN servers being down - and has only binaries (python etc) in it that work on Android 4.4 and earlier. Practically, for most people, a hardware WiFi Repeater (or "Range Extender") is better option. Feb 23, 2016 at 13:41

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