How to Make My LG Esteem a Hotspot

You don't need an active Wi-Fi network with your LG Esteem in your pocket.
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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.

1 PDANet+

2 Install PdaNet

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

3 Disable Wi-Fi

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.

4 Launch the PdaNet app and tap

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.

5 Activate WiFi Hotspot

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

6 Wifi Hotspot & USB Tether

7 Install Wifi Hotspot USB Tether

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.

8 Tap Network Name

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

9 Enable Wifi Hotspot

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

10 Hotspot Widget

11 Install Hotspot Widget

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.

12 Navigate

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."

13 Enable your mobile hot spot

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

  • You may need to purchase additional data coverage to facilitate mobile hot spot connectivity.
  • Information in this article applies to the LG Esteem smartphone and may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.
  • The free PdaNet+ app requires that you manually restart your hot spot session every 10 to 30 minutes. You can upgrade to the full version while using the app -- simply tap "Upgrade" from the main menu -- and can avoid the need to implement the manual restarts.
  • The "Lite" version of WiFi Hotspot and USB Tether is limited to two days and then a five minute window once per day. The developer offers this version for the purpose of testing your phone's hot spot capabilities before buying the "Pro" version.
  • Move the Hotspot Widget on your Home screen by long-pressing it with your finger and then dragging it to a new location.
  • Disable the hot spot when you are done using it to avoid draining your LG Esteem's battery.

Based in Tampa, Fla., Danielle Fernandez been writing, editing and illustrating all things technology, lifestyle and education since 1999. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Tribune, Working Mother magazine, and a variety of technical publications, including BICSI's "Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual." Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of South Florida.