Working from home? Here’s how you can manage your internet connection during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

As more people have started to work from home due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, the bandwidth usage has increased significantly. People are running out of data resulting in slower internet speeds. While some people are exceeding their FUP limits, others are facing problems due to multiple connected devices. Here’s a rundown of some tips and tricks that can help you get a more reliable and faster internet connection.

Turn off Wi-Fi on unused devices

If you have a smartwatch lying around, it is probably connected to your Wi-Fi updating all the apps installed in it. Similarly, if you have any extra phone, laptop or an iPad lying at your place, you should check if it is not sucking the juice out of your Wi-Fi connection.

Prefer to sit closer to the router

When working from home, one should prefer connecting to the internet via a wired connection. If that is not possible, at least ensure that your workstation is receiving good signals from the router.

Use Lite versions of apps and browsers

Many applications and browsers have their lighter versions available for phones or PCs. These light versions are not only useful in clearing space on your phone but also suck less data thus helping in achieving higher data speeds.

Switch to mobile hotspot

If you have tried all of the above-mentioned steps, you should consider switching to your mobile data. But before you switch, you should ensure you have enough data otherwise you might end up losing access to even apps like WhatsApp. You can check your data usage by heading over to the Android or iOS app of your telecom operator. If there is enough data available, turn on the mobile hotspot on your phone and switch the connection on your workstation. Here’s how you can setup mobile hotspot on your Android or iOS smartphone.

Android, iOS: How to setup mobile hotspot easily on your smartphone

Mobile Hotspot: Here’s how to setup Wi-Fi hotspot on your Android or iOS smartphone.

Mobile hotspots or Wi-Fi hotspot has become a necessity these days. While it can come in handy when using the internet on your laptop on the go, it can also be helpful while sharing the internet with a friend. The hotspot feature is available on most smartphones these days and here’s how you can set it up.

How to setup hotspot on Android

Android smartphone settings vary from smartphone to smartphone as they all run on different user interfaces. However, most of the steps remain the same.

  • Open the Settings app on your phone
  • Look for “Connection and Sharing” or “Other network settings” and tap on that
  • Now tap on Portable Hotspot or Mobile Hotspot
  • Here, click on Setup hotspot to configure the hotspot settings
  • SSID means the name of your Wi-Fi hotspot and the Password is what will allow you to connect with the device. Try to keep a difficult password so that not everyone is able to connect to your phone.
  • Now you can simply toggle the Portable hotspot on to turn it on

How to setup hotspot on iPhone

  • Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone
  • Tap on Personal Hotspot
  • Toggle on the Personal Hotpot
  • You can also tap on Wi-Fi password to change the default password

Similarly, you can even use hotspot via Bluetooth or USB cable to connect to your laptop. Do note that while using Wi-Fi hotspot, you will be disconnected from the current Wi-Fi network.

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