Using Tethering & Portable Hotspot: Nexus 5x and Verizon Wireless Prepaid


Today I wanted to talk about Portable Hotspot and Tethering. One of the really cool features of Verizon Wireless Prepaid is you are allowed to use hotspot with your prepaid plan.

For those of you who don’t know, Portable Hotspot or Personal Hotspot, is a feature many smartphones have that lets you share your phone’s cellular data with your laptop, tablet, or other devices so they can connect to the Internet. With portable hotspot, you connect your devices to your smartphone using Wi-Fi but you can also use Bluetooth or even a USB cable.


To use hotspot, both your phone and your wireless company need to support the feature. Fortunately, Verizon Wireless Prepaid does.

Now in the rest of this video, I’m going to show you how I to set it up on my Google Nexus 5x vwith Android 7.0. If you have a Samsung or other Android phone or different version of Android the steps may be different.  Check my smartphonematters.com or the smartphonematters youtube channel if you want to see Hotspot on an iPhone.

On your phone:

  1. tap Settings
  2. Under Wireless and Networks, tap More
  3. tap Tethering and Portable Hotspot
  4. Tap Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot (if its off)
  5. Tap setup Wi-Fi hotspot
      Now you can set the:

    • Network Name
    • Security
    • Password
    • Whether to display the password
    • network band (2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz)
  6. tap Save, when done.

You’ll see a small icon in the status bar indicating that Portable Hotspot is on.

Once turned on, I’m able to connect my iPad Air to the AndroidAP access point and connect to the internet. I opened Safari and browsed smartphonematters.com.


Back on the Nexus 5x, when you open Settings it shows you that Personal Hotspot is on. You’ll also see a Portable Hotspot icon up top in the status bar. If you swipe down, you’ll also see their is an option in the quick settings to turn hotspot on and off.

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