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Top 5 ways you can use your Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater

Want to use your Android smartphone as a Wi-Fi repeater(entender)? Here are some ways you can consider.

Internet connectivity has become an essential need in our day to day life. Most consumers rely on WiFi connectivity across all devices. There is a possibility that the devices in your room are not getting the proper internet strength to connect. In such cases, you might need a repeater to extend the range. But do you know that you can use your current smartphone or a spare Android as a repeater as well? Here are the top 5 ways you can use your Android smartphone as a WiFi repeater.

Using a smartphone as a WiFi extender has multiple benefits. Yes, there are many WiFi extending solutions in the market that work flawlessly, for example, entender from TP-Link or Google Nest. But these are pretty expensive. Also, a big advantage of using a smartphone as the repeater is that it can be used on the go as compared to the traditional counterpart which needs to be plugged into a home socket. Depending on your smartphone model here is how to do it.

Many smartphones like the OnePlus and some Samsung phones have built-in Wi-Fi extender options. The process is the easiest one with absolutely no hassle. All you have to do is bring down the notification panel on your Android phone and switch on Wi-Fi and Hotspot simultaneously. We also recommend altering the Hotspot password and not keeping it as an open network. 

Using Wi-Fi extender setting

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  • Wi-Fi coverage extend option

If your phone does not have a built-in option to use Wi-Fi and hotspot together, worry not Google has provided the option hidden in the Developers option. Head to the setting and open developer options (head to software info>build number and tap it 4-5 times to enable it if it’s not available). Here find the “Enable Wi-Fi Coverage Extend” feature and toggle it on. Now you will be able to do the exact same thing mentioned in the first method.

Wi-Fi coverage extend option

  • Use third party application

If you don’t feel like the experience from the pre-existing feature you can always download a thor party application for your help. The only con about these applications is that you have to manually set up wifi for each device. But worry not we have a solution for that as well. Try downloading the NetBridge application once done, open the application and give all the permissions. Now you will see the main highlight of the application. On the setup page where there will be different OS platforms (consider the image below), you now select the device you use like for say Windows, it will tell you a step by step guide to how to set it up.

Use third party application

  • Use Bluetooth tethering

Yes, it is a wireless medium to use the phone as a Wi-Fi repeater and yes it transmits signals. The biggest drawback of this method is that the connection is very slow.  But this still works and can be used in emergency cases. This can be switched on by long-pressing the hotspot settings on the notification panel and toggle on Bluetooth tethering. 

Use Bluetooth tethering

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  • Root the phone

This method is not advised as it may brick your phone very easily. If you have a spare smartphone and you don’t mind losing it. Try rooting your phone and discover tons of editability options from which WiFi repeater is one. Most of the new ROMs also have this feature built into the UI. Also, be careful and always take professional help before trying rooting for the first time. With this you can covert your smartphone into wifi repeater

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