How To Setup a Wireless Router Without a Computer Using a Smartphone

By | May 17, 2023

How To Setup a Wireless Router Without a Computer Using a Smartphone
If you have a router that needs setup and do not have a PC or laptop computer, it can be set up with a smartphone or tablet.

Any mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet can be used to setup a router.

All routers have a Default broadcast name, WiFi password, and IP address that is used for setup.

For security, The default password should always be changed on setup.

Things Needed to Setup Router without a Computer

  • Smartphone or Tablet with an Internet Browser
  • Router Default IP Address
  • Router Default WiFi Name and Password
  • Router Default Admin Username and Password

Every router has a default username and password to log into the WiFi and Admin panel.
Things Needed to Setup Router with a Smartphone
The password is often labeled on the bottom of the router but can also be found online.

If you don’t have the username and password; Google the name and model number of the router.

If the router has been set up previously with a password, it can be set to the default options, usually by holding the reset button for 3-5 seconds.
How To Setup a Wireless Router Without a Computer Using a Smartphone Reset
If you need to reset a router, search online for your router name and model number since each router reset option will be slightly different.

The default IP address and Admin Username and Password can also be found online or in the manual.

For example, Dlink routers have the default IP Address with the Admin Username admin and no password by default.

A video is at the bottom of the page for a full walk-through if needed.

How To Setting up a Router with a Smartphone

  1. Plug in the router and turn it on.
  2. Look at the bottom of the router for a WiFi password.
  3. If no WiFi password is on the bottom of the router Google the default password.
  4. From a smartphone, go to WiFi Settings and disconnect from any connections.
  5. Find the router name (SSID) and connect by entering the Default WiFi password.
  6. Open a Browser and type in the default Ip Address.
  7. The Admin login page should come up; type in the Default Username and Password.
  8. Once logged in, be sure to change the default WiFi password.

Tips for Setting up a Router with an Android or IOS Device

  • Router Default Mode
  • First, plug in the router and be sure the options are default, if not reset the router to default mode.

    Routers have different ways to be reset. Most will have a reset button that is held for 3-5 seconds to reset all the options.

  • Router IP Address
  • Finding the Default Ip Address is usually done by searching online.

    It can also be guessed since there are some very commonly used IP Addresses most routers use.

    Most Common Router Internal IP Addresses


    If you don’t have internet access it can still be done with a bit of guess work.
    Internal home networks are a Class C network that will always start with the IP of “192.168.” The last two numbers in the address “” are the only ones that change.

  • Logging Into the Router with a Browser
  • After logging into the WiFi you will be able to change the options from the Admin page.

    Open a Browser on your device and type the Router Internal IP address into the top bar.

    The Admin page should come up and allow you to log in with your default username and password.
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    Again search online for the Default Admin Username and Password.

    After logging in, you will be able to set up your router as you would on a computer.

    Something to keep in mind is that all routers have different setup menus. Often these setups will be self-explanatory, such as a WiFi Wizard, but if you do have problems, the manual will be needed to know where the options are.



6 thoughts on “How To Setup a Wireless Router Without a Computer Using a Smartphone

  1. Betty Carthy

    Does this mean that I can use the Internet for my Samsung phone and tablet using a router, even though I do not have a computer or modem? Thank you for your help.

    1. The wifi helper

      No you need a modem and an isp( internet service provider)

  2. Tulasi

    Can I please suggest me the router which is of good company bcoz as I’m new and dont know about the particulars of it

  3. Andrew Chaney

    I just received a Sonic internet setup however I don’t have a computer I bought it for my smart TV. Then I don’t have any house phone jacks that are working . The only device I have is a Kindle. Do I need a tablet or something or should I return the package. It was a phone and internet package.

  4. Goneblonde

    Actually I am trying to change my Verison security settings and possibly update any firmware . We first used this router with a windows 10 PC that failed and we are on all mostly Apple devices now plus a few cameras. iOS instructions would be nice. Step by step to change security from WEP to more secure .


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