I know it’s a bit shame, but two days ago I bought my first Android tablet. So far I have been playing only with Android phones (tons of them), but I never really had a tablet. I just felt I didn’t need one.
A week ago I finally realized I deeply need an ANDROID tablet both for education (to watch lectures and tutorials in my bed) and for MobileGuru.LOL so that I can also show you a lot of interesting tips and tricks as I discover them.
When buying my Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab E) I had to decide between the version with or without the SIM card slot (which lets the tablet use mobile data just like in your phone). I chose the version without the SIM card slot (only with the Wi-Fi functionality).
However, that doesn’t mean that I cannot use the mobile Internet on my tablet, which is the topic of today’s tutorial: how to connect an Android tablet to the mobile Internet. Let’s begin!
Connecting your Android tablet (even if it doesn’t have the SIM card slot) to mobile network is totally possible. To do that, however, you will need the following equipment:
I assume you have all of the above three things ready and we can start digging a bit deeper.
All you need to do to be able to connect your Android tablet to the mobile internet is configure your Android phone (so that it acts like a Wi-Fi hotspot) and connect the tablet to it. Let me show you how to do it.
Let’s briefly recall how you turn almost any Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot:
TIP: Make sure that your Wi-Fi hotspot has a strong password of at least 10 characters (upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters).
Once you activated Wi-Fi hotspot in your Android phone, your tablet will be able to detect it. Here is what you need to do to connect to it:
Even though you are now using mobile data, your Android tablet will behave as if it was connected to a regular Wi-Fi network.
If you are ever faced with a choice between connecting to a public wireless network or to your Android hotspot, always choose the second option (it’s far more secure).