Though the Android operating system natively supports Wi-Fi hot spot tethering, some manufacturers and service providers choose to disable this feature. The LG Esteem, for example, is an Android smartphone supported by MetroPCS that does not enable Wi-Fi tethering by way of its native settings. There are a number of third-party apps, however, that enable you to make the device a portable hot spot so you can share your data connection with other mobile devices.

PDANet+

Step 1

Install PdaNet+ from the Google Play Market but do not launch the app when installation is complete.

Step 2

Disable Wi-Fi by navigating to your Home screen, pressing the "Menu" button, tapping "Settings" and then tapping "Wireless & Networks." Uncheck "Wi-Fi" if it is currently enabled.

Step 3

Launch the PdaNet+ app and tap "Network Name" to create a new name that other devices will use to identify your LG Esteem's mobile hot spot. Tap "Password" if you wish to implement a password for hot spot access.

Step 4

Tap "Activate WiFi Hotspot" and allow a moment for the device to verify its data connection and enable the hot spot.

Wifi Hotspot & USB Tether

Step 1

Install Wifi Hotspot & USB Tether from the Google Play Store and launch the app when installation is complete. Tap "Accept" to acknowledge the Terms and Conditions.

Step 2

Tap "Network Name (SSID)" to change the name of your hot spot. Tap "Password" to create a password for hot spot access.

Step 3

Tap "Enable Wifi Hotspot" to enable the mobile hot spot.

Hotspot Widget

Step 1

Install Hotspot Widget from the Google Play Market. Note that this is a widget, not an app, which means its icon will not be present in your list of installed apps.

Step 2

Navigate to your LG Esteem's Home screen. Long-press your finger in an empty spot of the Home screen. Tap "Widget" and then tap "Hotspot Widget."

Step 3

Enable your mobile hot spot by tapping once on the newly installed widget. When the icon is bright green, the connection is active.