Wi-Fi hotspots provide an opportunity for others to piggyback off of your network connection. This isn’t its sole purpose when you consider a Wi-Fi hotspot can be used for personal reasons, like a network connection for your laptop or tablet. But, lately, it’s been turning off for you.

There’s a number of reasons why it isn’t working on your Android, but simply put: it keeps timing out. You’ll find here several reasons and their solutions to your Wi-Fi hotspot problem.

1. Clear your Cached Data

Cached data is a handy tool for storing data that a program makes use of to carry out your request much faster. You may have noticed a new app running faster after its initial startup. If you did, then you saw cached data at work. So, why would this affect your Wi-Fi hotspot?

Cached data occasionally gets corrupted; an error switches a zero to a one in the binary code and, all of a sudden, your smartphone is shooting for world domination. Your Wi-Fi hotspot could be timing out because of corruption. You need to clear your cached data. Here’s how you do it:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Scroll until you locate Storage. Select it.

3. Tap on your phone’s primary storage.

4. Locate Cache Data and select it. Tap OK to confirm the clear.

2. Alter your Timeout Settings

The caveat about Wi-Fi hotspots to understand is smartphones don’t always come with the best of security. It depends on your smartphone. This means that a Wi-Fi hotspot is a route to your smartphone. Anyone seeing the Wi-Fi hotspot could force their way into your smartphone if it doesn’t have the necessary precautions to block malicious intent. This is where your timeout settings come into play.

Timeout settings are a way for the Wi-Fi hotspot to “timeout” after a certain amount of time. The idea is that if you are out and about in a public location, and forget to turn off your Wi-Fi hotspot, it will timeout and become inaccessible. The network connection is no longer available.

What you’re experiencing could be the Wi-Fi hotspot was set to timeout too quickly for your current needs. And yes, it can be changed. Here’s how you change it:

1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon.

2. Scroll until you locate “Hotspot” or “Wi-Fi Hotspot.” It depends on your phone. Select it.

3. Locate a setting like “Sleep Policy” or “Timeout.” Tap it.

4. Under Sleep Policy, again, select Hotspot Sleep Policy. It will prompt a few options.

5. Decide on how long you want the network session to last. Selecting “Never” means it will never timeout and you have to be the one to disable the Wi-Fi hotspot.

3. Switch IP to IPV4

Internet Protocols have been around for decades. Yes, decades. Since the early 1980’s, IPv4 has been traveling around the Internet for quite some time. Yes, you read that right. It’s understandable to be slightly confused. You didn’t have internet in the 1980’s, right? It was there, but it didn’t take on the form most people recognize until 1990. In fact, the internet, in its infancy, began way back in 1960s.

So, why do “Internet Protocols” matter? Well, it’s what your phone, laptop, computer, gaming console and every internet-capable device needs to access the internet. An IP is like your device’s passport. But we ran out of IPv4 “passports” to hand out because the number of combinations an IP address can morph into has been depleted. IPv6 is meant to replace IPv4 because it offers an incomprehensible number of IP addresses to use.

You’re probably wondering why you should bother with IPv4 if it’s a lesser version. Unfortunately, not every device is compatible with IPv6. Many devices that can support both have a setting to utilize one or the other whenever it’s available, but this causes a problem. It’s possible your device is switching back and forth between the two. You’ll need to change it so it focuses on just IPv4.

Everyone phone has this setting in a slightly different place. You’ll find it either in “Wi-Fi Hotspot” or “Wi-Fi” or “Hotspot” or “Network & Internet” or “Network.”

4. Disable Fast Boot

Fast Boot is primarily a diagnostic and engineering protocol you can utilize to alter files currently on your Android device. Now, not every Android device has this feature available for you to tinker with. For Android devices that don’t, they usually have been unlocked by other developers.

But, if you’re an individual who’s used Fast Boot, you may not have realized that Fast Boot can interfere with your Wi-Fi hotspot. The Fast Boot can cause the Wi-Fi hotspot to timeout automatically, causing dips and disconnects in your network connection. All you need to do to fix it is boot your phone like normal.

If you aren’t an individual who has utilized Fast Boot, don’t bother with this solution. It’s unlikely that your phone is in Fast Boot. However, you’re welcome to reboot your phone to be on the safe side.

5. Booting in Safe Mode

You’ll find that most computer-like devices have a Safe Mode. It’s a mode in which the device is placed in a state of bare minimum; it only loads the necessary processes to run, sometimes with access to a network connection or “Safe Mode with Networking.”

Boot your device into Safe Mode to gauge whether or not apps are conflicting with your Wi-Fi hotspot. If you boot into Safe Mode and your Wi-Fi hotspot is working fine, then it may be an indicator that an app is causing the problem. Think back recently to any new apps you’ve installed. Were there any third-party apps on that list? Third-party apps are notorious for causing problems. To boot into Safe Mode, do this:

1. Hold the Power button until a menu appears. Shut the phone down.

2. Press and hold together the Power button, the Volume Up button and the Volume Down button. Keep holding until your device boots into Safe Mode. If you were successful, you’ll see the words “Safe Mode.”