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How to tether on a Nexus 5

Having the ability to turn your Nexus 5 into your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot can be very useful! This essentially works the same way as you would connect to your router at home. You just need to make sure that your data plan with your mobile carrier offers tethering on their plan. If you aren’t sure try calling them up, even if you don’t have tethering on your plan you might be able to have them enable it for you.

This is a very easy step by step walk through that you should be able to complete in a minute or less! Don’t worry you don’t need any third party applications to tether your Nexus 5, everything you need is built in. If you have any problems check out the some of the known issues at the bottom of this post. That’s enough talking from me, let’s get your Nexus 5 tethered!

Google Nexus 5 Tethering Method

  • The first thing you need to do is get to your settings screen. This can be done by simply sliding your finger from the top of your screen downwards.
  • Select the icon in the top right corner of your screen.
  • Followed by pressing the icon named settings.
  • Under the Wireless & Networks category press the label More…
  • Now select the option Tethering & portable hotspot.
  • Finally select the option Set up W-iFi hotspot
    • On this screen you are going to configure a few different settings, follow the steps below.
      • Under Network SSID type in a network name that you want to associate your Nexus 5 with.
      • Under Security select WPA2 PSK as it is the most secure encryption method available.
      • Under Password use something you can remember but at the same time remember if you plan on sharing this password with other people. (It might be a good idea to use a password that isn’t used on anything else you own!)
      • Select Save to complete this setup!
Google Nexus 5 Tether Set Up
Simply enter an network SSID, select a security method, and enter a password you want to use!
  • Click the check box to the right of the icon Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to enable your hotspot.
  • That is it, you now have a Wi-Fi hotspot!

If you want to connect to your hotspot with another device, simply browse the Wi-Fi networks broadcasting from that device and select the network with the same SSID as you entered above. Follow by selecting the encryption method you pick earlier, and entering the password!

Just remember that whatever data you use with your hotspot counts toward your data plans cap! So make sure you don’t blow past it and get those terrible overcharges! I recommend you to disable your hotspot once you are finished using it!

Still having issues tethering your Google Nexus 5?

There are numerous reasons as to why you can’t tether, here are a few of them.

  • Phone requires a reboot after a firmware/software update.
  • Your carrier has disabled your tethering functionality.
  • You have already reached your data cap for the month.
  • There is a third party application interfering with the native tethering application.

If you still can’t figure out why your phone isn’t tethering properly please post below or check out our forums for additional support.

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