Android Phone as Wi-Fi Extender (Repeater)

You get signals of your Wi-Fi, but they are too weak, and you cannot browse a single page. First, you will not be able to connect to a weak network, and if you somehow manage to join, the speed of the internet will be slow. In this tutorial, you will learn how to boost signals of Wi-Fi by using your android phone as a Wi-Fi extender. You will need an android phone, and it will work as a repeater to extend your Wi-Fi connection.

Boost Wi-Fi Signals

Your WI-FI connection cannot cover your entire home, and this is where you will need a Wi-Fi extender or a Wi-Fi signals booster. Many times, Wi-Fi signals are strong at the door of a room and become weaker as you go inside the room. WI-FI extender or booster is a device which extends the coverage area of the Wi-Fi network.

Methods of turning the android phone to Wi-Fi extender

There are many methods to use your android phone as a Wi-Fi extender or booster. Some of them require the use of third party android applications, and some of them can be applied without using any third party android applications.

Method 1: Using Wi-Fi bridge (Wi-Fi) Tethering facility as Wi-Fi booster

There is an option of Wi-Fi Bridge facility in many android mobile phones. I have a Huawei mate-10 phone, and it has this facility.

Many android devices have named it Wi-Fi Tethering.
Click on Wi-Fi Bridge and configure it. Give SSID and Password and turn it on.

Android to Wi-Fi Extender
Using android phone to boost Wi-Fi signals

Keep your mobile phone in a place where it can quickly receive the Wi-Fi signals and also your laptop gets the signals of your android phone. Your android phone will work as an intermediate bridge between Wi-Fi and your computer. You will see another Wi-Fi connection popped up in the list of available networks. This connection will be with higher signal strength. Click on it and connect. Give the password and enjoy.

Method 2: Using NetShare – no-root-tethering

This is a third party android application and works as a Wi-Fi Repeater or Wi-Fi Signals Booster.

Step 1: Download the application from Google Play Store and install it.

Step 2: Open the app and tick on “Start Wi-Fi Hotspot”. It will be receiving signals from your outranged Wi-Fi connection and giving you back to your Laptop or PC.

Step 3: In order to use this application, you will have to set the proxy settings. Head to Control Panel then select Network and Internet. Hover to Internet options>connections. Click on the LAN settings option.

Step 4: Tick on “use proxy server for your LAN…” and enter the IP address and port number provided by the application.

Step 5: The network name and password will be the same as generated by the android application. You cannot change SSID or Password. Note the password. Click on Wi-Fi and select the SSID and click on “connect”.

Step 6: Provide the password and you are connected to a stronger network than that of your Wi-Fi.

Note: The Wi-Fi extender will not be available as long as you enter the proxy settings. It is must to configure proxy settings. The application will not work without it.

Method 3: Using Net Share – Extend a Wi-Fi network to all devices

This is also a third party android application which aims at boosting Wi-Fi signals by acting as a repeater.

Step 1: Download the application from Google Play Store and install it.

Step 2: The setting of this application is straightforward. Just click on the Share button after configuring proxy settings as done in the previous method. Here also, you cannot change the SSID or password.

Step 3: Click on Wi-Fi> available networks and connect to the new Wi-Fi which is actually a boosted version of your own Wi-Fi

This application has also got some negative reviews. One of the clients was complaining about too many ads showing in the app. He says;

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we discussed how to turn your android phone to a Wi-Fi extender or repeater. It works well, and all these methods are tested. If you have any trouble or question, please ask it in the comment section. We will be glad to help any person in pain—best of luck.