Create a WiFi access point from Android that is already connected to WiFi

Imagine the following situations:

1. You went to an airport or hotel, where you need a username and password to log into WiFi. Now, if your friends come, or if you have multiple devices, there is no way for them to have access to the Internet.

2. Your laptop is not receiving adequate signal in one part of your house, but your smartphone is, and now you want to use your Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater.

3. You want to have multiple devices on the same WiFi network to share files, but you don’t have a router.

All 3 problems could be solved if you can only create a WiFi access point from an Android, which is already connected to the WiFi network. But there is a big problem: Due to Android restriction, you cannot share WiFi while connected to WiFi network. Yes, Android comes with a portable WiFi access point option, which when turned on will create a new WiFi access point. But the key here is: you can share the internet from your mobile data to WiFi.

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Fortunately, there is a way to turn your Android into a WiFi repeater. That is, your Android is connected to a WiFi network and you can create an access point by sharing the same WiFi network. And both devices will be able to use the Internet at the same time. So next time visit a hotel or an airport, where they give you access to the Internet in a single device; With this solution, you can turn on the Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater and get internet on various devices. There is no need to rely on mobile data and the speed is also quite fast.

Look at the following video or read the article for step-by-step instructions and screenshots.

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How does it work

Well the trick is pretty simple, all you need is an app and some basic network setup, and that’s it. But first, let’s understand the problem and how this app fixes it.

The reason why there is no default configuration in Android to activate the WiFi repeater is due to the limitation of the Android network adapter, it does not allow you to create two connections at the same time, that is, if you try to create a hotspot while the WiFi is ON, the Android system will automatically turn off the WiFi.

And the application is called NetShare without root anchor works smartly around this restriction. First create a workgroup, which takes over the other devices on the same network. Note that as of now, the other device does not have access to the internet. Now, to share Internet, the application creates a VPN on Android, to which you will have to connect from another device. Once you enter the proxy settings on the second device, it will redirect all Internet traffic through your device and thus you will have access to the Internet.

Let’s see how to set it up and make it work.

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NetShare installation and configuration

1. From your Android smartphone, go to the Google Play store and download NetShare without root anchor. This app is freemium and as the name suggests it does not require ROOT access.

2. Then open the app and turn it on and you’re done. It will create a new wifi network with a complicated wifi name and password. Most of you will think of changing the network name and password, but unfortunately, you cannot. Due to Android restriction, you cannot change WiFi name or password (as you can for WiFi hotspot). Take note of the WiFi name and password, we will have to connect to it, from other devices.

Now, the steps are a bit different on different platforms; Let’s start with Windows first.

Share WiFi from Android to Windows

1. Open your Windows PC and connect to the WiFi access point that says: DIRECT-Android and enter the password you saw in the app in step 2. If you open the browser now, you will not see getting access to the internet even though you are connected to the network. To fix it, you need to configure a proxy IP.

2. Go to Control Panel> Network and Internet> Internet Option,

3. Then click the Connection tab and then LAN settings.

4. Check ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’ and then enter the proxy IP address Y port number.

Server: 192.168.49.1

Port: 8282

5. Save the changes and close the windows. Now if you go to the browser and search for anything, you will have full access to the internet. The speed you get here will be the original speed of your wifi and you will be able to use the internet on both devices at the same time.

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Share WiFi from Android to Android

1. Bring your second Android device and install the same Netshare application on it.

2. Now connect to the WiFi access point created by the first Android device

3. Once you connect to the WiFi access point, launch the Netshare application. You will see a pop-up window requesting a VPN connection. Tap OK and you’re done. The second device will be connected to the WiFi network and will also have access to the Internet. The application will take care of configuring the proxy address, you don’t have to do anything.

Share WiFi from Android to macOS

1. Open your Mac computer and connect to the WiFi access point created by the Netshare application.

2. Go to System Preferences> Network

3. On the left, click WiFi and then click Advanced. Make sure the lock at the bottom left of the screen is unlocked or you won’t be able to make any changes on the next screen. TO unlock the padlock, click on it and enter your login password.

4. A new window will open, click on the Proxies tab. Check the box that says WEb Proxy (HTTP) and enter the following IP address and port number.

‘192.168.49.1’ and ‘8282’

Do the same for Secure web proxy (HTTPS)

5. Once done, click OK and save the changes. Now you can share your Android WiFi hotspot with your macOS

Share WiFi from Android to iOS

1. Go to Adjustment application and go to Wifi adjustment. Start by connecting to WiFi access point created by Netshare app on Android

2. Touch the WiFi settings and then touch the ‘icon’ next to the WiFi network to access the specific settings of the wireless connection.

3. Touch the Handbook in the lower half of the screen and type the following below the HTTP proxy option

Server: 192.168.49.1

Port: 8282

5. Once done, tap on the WiFi network button and then came back to the home screen to save Changes. And that’s it, now you can share your Android WiFi access point with your iOS

Conclusion: using your Android as a WiFi repeater

I tested the Netshare app on my Google Pixel and Redmi 4, as my usual internet source for my workstation, it works flawlessly. Battery consumption was also minimal. If you ever saw a connection problem, just restart the app and it should start working fine again. However, when looking for reviews from the Play Store, it seems that the apps do not work on some low-end Android smartphones.

And the biggest bombshell is that after the trial period the app will stop working for https traffic and since Google only runs on https it means the internet will stop working after using some data. And the only way to fix it is by upgrading to the professional plan, which can cost around $ 6. And that’s a lot, keep in mind that for $ 20 you can buy a physical wifi repeater.

Update: The Netshare developer contacted us and is considering giving 10 free minutes of HTTPS connection per session. See the screenshot below.

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