Can A Phone Connect To Its Own Wi-Fi Hotspot? (Explained!)

You can create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your iPhone or Android phone. It allows you to share your mobile internet connection with others via Wi-Fi.

However, you might sometimes wonder whether you can connect to your own Wi-Fi hotspot. Can your phone connect to its own Wi-Fi hotspot?

Here’s Whether A Phone Can Connect To Its Own Wi-Fi Hotspot:

A phone can’t connect to its own Wi-Fi hotspot. You can use regular Wi-Fi or a hotspot, but not both at the same time. A mobile phone has only one Wi-Fi interface, and it is half-duplex. So it can’t transmit data and receive data simultaneously. As a result, mobile phones can’t listen to their own Wi-Fi transmissions.

Can You Connect Your Phone To Its Own Wi-Fi Hotspot?

You can’t connect your phone to its own Wi-Fi hotspot. You can either use regular Wi-Fi or a Wi-Fi hotspot, but not both at the same time.

A phone has only one Wi-Fi interface, and it is half-duplex. So it can’t transmit and receive Wi-Fi data simultaneously.

Therefore, your phone can’t listen to its own Wi-Fi transmissions, making it impossible to use both regular Wi-Fi and hotspot at the same time.

Can Your Dual SIM Phone Connect To Its Own Wi-Fi Hotspot?

Even a dual SIM phone can’t connect to its own Wi-Fi hotspot. Similar to single SIM phones, dual SIM phones only have a single Wi-Fi interface. So your dual SIM phone can’t pick up its own Wi-Fi hotspot.

Can You Create A Hotspot Using Wi-Fi Data?

You can’t create a hotspot on your phone using a Wi-Fi internet connection. You can only use a mobile data connection to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone.

Your phone only has a single Wi-Fi interface, so you can’t create a Wi-Fi hotspot while you are connected to a Wi-Fi internet connection.

Both regular Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots use the same Wi-Fi interface and antenna on your phone. So it is impossible to share a Wi-Fi internet connection via a hotspot on the same phone.

However, you can share your Wi-Fi internet connection to other devices using USB tethering as we explain below.

How To Share Your Phone’s Wi-Fi Internet Connection With Others

You can share your phone’s Wi-Fi internet connection with others using USB tethering.

You should first connect your phone to an available Wi-Fi network. Then connect your phone to the other person’s PC or laptop using a USB cable.

The PC or laptop will then use the phone’s internet connection via USB tethering.

The exact procedure for USB tethering can slightly vary depending on your phone and computer. So refer to the specific steps for your devices online.

Can You Use One SIM For Hotspot And The Other For Mobile Data In Your Dual SIM Phone?

You can’t simultaneously use the internet on both SIMs in a dual SIM phone. Both hotspot and mobile data can only share a single internet connection from a single SIM.

Both dual SIM iPhones and Android phones use the dual SIM dual Standby (DSDS) mode. They only have a single cellular transceiver, and both SIMs share it using time multiplexing.

Therefore, dual SIM phones can only handle a single active internet connection. You can select SIM1 or SIM2 as the active data SIM, and both your hotspot and regular mobile data will share that single data SIM.

Conclusion

Your smartphone can’t connect to its own Wi-Fi hotspot. It only has a single Wi-Fi interface, making it impossible to listen to its own Wi-Fi transmissions.

Even a dual SIM phone can’t connect to its own Wi-Fi hotspot. Like single SIM phones, dual SIM phones only have a single Wi-Fi interface.

Finally, you can use USB tethering to share your phone’s Wi-Fi internet connection with your PC or laptop.

References

How Wi-Fi Works

Phone Wi-Fi Hotspots

Dual SIM Dual Standby

USB Tethering