How to Connect Android Tablet to Mobile Network

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!

Equipment You Need to Connect Your Android Tablet to Mobile Network

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:

  • Your Android tablet
  • Your mobile phone with some mobile data plan
  • This tutorial :)

I assume you have all of the above three things ready and we can start digging a bit deeper.

Connecting Your Android Tablet to Mobile Network in Two Easy Steps

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.

Turn on Mobile Hotspot Functionality in Your Android Phone

Let’s briefly recall how you turn almost any Android phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot:

  • Turn on Mobile data in your Android phone and make sure it works. You can usually turn on mobile data from quick settings by swiping down from the top of the home screen or by activating item Mobile data traffic you can find somewhere in settings of your phone.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot. The next thing to do is enable the Wi-Fi hotspot. You will usually find it in settings under item called something like Tethering & portable hotspot.
  • Configure Wi-Fi hotspot. Next you have to click on Configure Wi-Fi hotspot to set its password (if you haven’t done it yet). Tick Show password and the password to your new Wi-Fi network will be displayed. Write it down or memorize it.

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).

Turn on Wi-Fi and Connect Your Android Tablet to Your Newly Created Wi-Fi Hotspot

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:

  • Turn on Wi-Fi in your Android tablet and search for available networks. You should see the new Wi-Fi network you have just turned on with your Android phone.
  • Tap on this Wi-Fi network to connect to it.
  • When asked, enter the password you wrote down in the previous steps.
  • You will now see in your Android phone that you connected your tablet.
  • Congratulations! You have just connected your Android tablet to the mobile network over the Wi-Fi hotspot of your phone.

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).

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