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Can You Use a Hotspot for TV? (How to)

As an avid TV watcher, I recently encountered a major problem: I was unable to watch TV in my home. I was stuck with no way to watch my favorite shows or movies. I was frustrated and feeling helpless, until I decided to take matters into my own hands and do some research. After a lot of digging, I discovered that I could use a hotspot for TV, and I wanted to share my findings with others who might be in the same boat. In this blog post, I’ll be discussing how you can use a hotspot to watch TV, and the tips and tricks I discovered along the way.

How Can You Use a Hotspot for TV?

If your Wi-Fi is unreliable, you can continue enjoying your TV viewing experience by using your phone’s hotspot. However, it’s important to note that this option shouldn’t entirely replace your Wi-FI connection.

Although your mobile data can be more secure, it might not always be stable. As a result, the internet speed may fluctuate.

So, with that in mind, let’s see how you can hook up your smart TV to your phone hotspot:

  1. Set Up Your Portable Hotspot Feature

If this is your first time using the portable hotspot feature on your phone, you probably haven’t set it up just yet. This step is important because your smart TV is going to require this information later.

Android Users

For an Android user, follow the steps below to set up your portable hotspot:

  • Navigate to “Settings.”
  • Look for “Hotspot” or anything similar.
  • Click “Set up portable hotspot.”
  • Next, enter the name you prefer for your phone hotspot.
  • Then, set the password for this connection.
  • Finally, turn on your hotspot by clicking the toggle button next to “Hotspot.”

iOS Users

If you’re an iPhone user, your device’s name will automatically be your phone hotspot’s name. The password will also be automatically generated, but you can always change it if you want to.

Here’s how you set up your hotspot on your iPhone:

  • Head on to “Settings.”
  • Look for “Personal Hotspot.”
  • Change the password by tapping “Wi-Fi Password.”
  • Turn on your hotspot by clicking the toggle button next to “Allow Others to Join.”
  1. Find a Good Location

Now that the first step is out of the way, the next thing you should secure is a good location for your phone hotspot.

Ideally, it should be an area that gets great cell reception. It must also be a spot within your smart TV’s reach so they can detect each other easily.

To test the signal strength, use a different device and connect it to your phone hotspot. Then, using that device, run an internet speed test on or any other free speed testers.

Your mobile data’s internet speed should at least be three Mbps for standard definition media streaming. On the other hand, you’ll need seven Mbps and higher for high definition.

  1. Connect Your Smart TV

Once you’ve ensured that your phone hotspot is turned on and your internet speed is fast enough, it’s time to connect to your smart TV.

The process is going to be similar to accessing the internet through your Wi-Fi:

  • Go to the main menu of your TV.
  • Click the “Settings” button.
  • Find “Connectivity” or anything similar.
  • Turn on your Wi-Fi connection and let it scan for the networks available.
  • Look for your phone hotspot’s name and click on it.
  • Enter the password, and your smart TV should now be connected.


If things are still unclear, here are a couple of the most common questions regarding using hotspots for TVs:

Why won’t the TV connect to a hotspot?

Your TV might not be designed to connect to different networks other than your Wi-Fi. Plus, the phone hotspot might be incompatible with your smart TV.

You can test this out by trying to connect your TV to other networks. On the other hand, try having other devices connect to your phone hotspot.

This way, you’ll be able to determine which one is causing the issue.

Why can’t you stream when your TV has been connected to a hotspot?

If this happens, it may be because your mobile data has run out. Streaming HD media can quickly eat up 3–7 GB per hour.

So, it’s best to subscribe to a plan with a higher data limit.

On top of that, you might have multiple devices connected to your hotspot. This can slow down the internet speed reserved for your smart TV.

Pros and Cons of Using Hotspots for TV


  • Secure connection
  • Portable and flexible
  • Can be used as a backup internet connection


  • Potential for data overage charges
  • Limited range
  • Potential for slower speeds
  • Potential for spotty connection

The Takeaway

Your phone hotspot can save you in a pinch when you’re experiencing issues with your Wi-Fi. In that case, you’ll just need to follow the necessary steps in connecting your smart TV to your hotspot.

All it takes is a simple setup process, some signal tweaking, and connecting both devices. Then you’ll be ready to resume your streaming.

Although this connection might not always be as steady as a regular Wi-Fi connection, it’s better than nothing at all, wouldn’t you agree?