How to Set Up a Mobile Hotspot

Now that you have added the Mobile Hotspot feature to your phone plan, it's time to start using it! Haven't added Mobile Hotspot yet? You'll need an eligible phone and rate plan. Learn more about Mobile Hotspot and get started!

Need Help Setting Up Mobile Hotspot?

The option to turn your Hotspot on can be found in your phone's settings. Depending on the operating system and phone brand, the feature might be called any of the following:

  • Mobile Hotspot
  • Personal Hotspot
  • Tethering
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Internet Sharing

Your phone should give you steps to take once you find the feature in your settings. You can also find device-specific user guides:

  1. Visit Cricket's Device and Accessories support page
  2. Find your phone listed by brand, then model name.
  3. Click on the link for your preferred User Guide (English or Spanish).
  4. Look in the table of contents for instructions on setting up Mobile Hotspot.
  5. Phone manufacturers might use different terms in their instructions. Try searching for Hotspot or tethering if you are having trouble.

How to Manage your Mobile Hotspot Settings

  • Manage the number of devices that can be connected to your Hotspot. Cricket provides the ability to tether among multiple devices at the same time; however, this number varies by phone. Keep in mind the more devices you tether, the more Hotspot data you use.
  • Customize your password to keep your Mobile Hotspot connection secure.
  • Some phones let you manage how long Mobile Hotspot can stay inactive before it automatically turns off.

What are the Feature Costs and Data Impacts of Using Mobile Hotspot?

  • The Mobile Hotspot feature is available on eligible plans for $10/month.
  • Every device you connect will use the high-speed data from your rate plan's allowance unless you're connected to Wi-Fi. High-speed data usage for Mobile Hotspot is combined with data usage from your mobile phone.
  • For the best value, you should purchase add-on data at the start of your rate plan cycle. Data expires at the end of your rate plan billing cycle, so you may not receive a full month of add-on data in your first month. There are no refunds or proration for partial months. Example: Jane purchases her add-on data on May 10th. Jane's rate plan billing cycle ends on May 15th. Jane has 5 days to use the 10 GB of add-on data before it expires.
  • If you're on one of the Cricket Unlimited plans, Mobile Hotspot data is limited to 10 GB each month. After 10 GB of usage, Mobile Hotspot data speeds slowed to a max of 128 Kbps for the rest of the billing cycle.
  • Check your data usage at any time online or on the myCricket app on your mobile phone.
  • If you're not on one of the Unlimited plans, you can always add 1GB of high-speed data access for $10, or upgrade your plan.

Complete Mobile Hotspot Terms and Conditions

Was this article helpful?

Learn tips and tricks from other Cricket customers.

Visit Community Forums