How to set up a mobile hotspot using BlackBerry 10

How-To

Update 04/17/15; A updated post on this feature can be found here.

When you use Mobile Hotspot mode on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, you create a Wi-Fi network that other Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect to so that they can use the Internet through your mobile network connection. This feature lets you connect your devices to the Internet anywhere that your BlackBerry device has a mobile network connection, but because this feature uses the mobile network, you might incur high data charges.

Here’s how you can set up your Mobile Hotspot mode as well as add it to your Quick Settings menu😉

Note: Additional charges may apply to use Mobile Hotspot mode so check your data plan for applicable rates or contact your wireless service provider. You are responsible for mobile hotspot use as well and are advised to ensure that connected devices use this service legally.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen
  2. Tap HotSpot-Settings Settings > Network Connections > Mobile Hotspot
  3. Complete the instructions on the screen if you’ve never used Mobile Hotspot mode before (Read these screens carefully as they provide important information about the Mobile Hotspot feature such as mobile hotspot name and password.)
  4. Set the Mobile Hotspot switch to On
  5. Select your Mobile Hotspot name on the device you want to connect to your mobile hotspot, as if you were connecting to any other Wi-Fi network

After you set up a mobile hotspot, plug your smartphone into a power source because this feature uses battery power. If you don’t plug in, your smartphone automatically turns off the Mobile Hotspot feature if no traffic to or from the mobile network occurs during a set amount of time. To customize the inactivity timer on your mobile hotspot, review the following steps.

Find and edit mobile hotspot settings

You will configure most of the settings for your mobile hotspot the first time you turn on Mobile Hotspot mode, but you can change these settings later when you aren’t using the Mobile Hotspot feature.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen
  2. Tap HotSpot-Settings Settings > Network Connections > Mobile Hotspot
  3. Tap HotSpot-Configure

HotSpot-QuickSettings

Add a mobile hotspot shortcut to the quick-settings menu

For fast access to your mobile hotspot, consider adding it to the quick-settings menu. Doing so allows you to turn your mobile hotspot on or off using a single tap.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen
  2. Tap Settings > Quick Settings
  3. Select the check box next to Mobile Hotspot

After you add the shortcut, tap the Hotspot icon HotSpot-Icon to quickly turn this feature on or off. To edit your mobile hotspot settings if needed, tap Hotspot instead.

Disconnect a device from your mobile hotspot

After you disconnect a device from your mobile hotspot, you must start a new session in Mobile Hotspot mode if you want to connect the device again.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the home screen
  2. Tap HotSpot-Settings Settings > Network Connections > Mobile Hotspot
  3. Tap the name of the device that you want to disconnect from your mobile hotspot
  4. Tap HotSpot-Disconnect

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