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How to Connect Your Windows Laptop to a Mobile Hotspot

How to Connect Your Windows Laptop to a Mobile Hotspot

If your internet connection drops or your service provider is down for the day, don’t worry. It’s easy to connect your laptop to a mobile hotspot and restore the internet so you can get back to work.

Here’s how to connect your Windows laptop to a mobile hotspot via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.

What is a mobile hotspot?

A mobile hotspot lets your phone act like a router, sharing your data connection (either your mobile data plan or the Wi-Fi network it’s connected to) with other devices. With this feature, you can still connect to the internet on your laptop, even if your primary internet is down for some reason.

Keep in mind that using a hotspot will drain your phone’s battery, use your cellular data much faster, and expose you to malicious actors if you’re not careful.

Start hotspot

The first step is to start the connection to the mobile hotspot so that your laptop can discover it.

To share your mobile hotspot on Android:

  1. Open the Settings application.
  2. Select Connections.
  1. Scroll down and tap Mobile hotspot and tethering.
  1. Switch to the Mobile hotspot setting.
  1. Faucet Mobile hotspot to view and change your password.

To note: This process may differ slightly depending on the brand and version of your Android device. If your Android hotspot is not working, try these ten fixes.

To share your mobile hotspot on an Apple iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Faucet personal hotspot.
  1. Enable Allow others to join.

To note: This process may differ slightly depending on your iPhone model or iOS version. If your iPhone hotspot is not working for Windows, try troubleshooting the problem.

Connect your Windows laptop to the Wi-Fi hotspot

Once you have shared the hotspot using your mobile device, you can create a network connection with your Microsoft laptop like any other wireless network.

To connect to your mobile hotspot on Windows 11:

  1. Click it Wi-Fi symbol in the lower right corner of the taskbar.
  1. Click it The arrow next to the Wi-Fi symbol to enter your Wi-Fi settings.
  1. Scroll down until you find your mobile hotspot and select it. This should be your phone name and model.
  1. When prompted, enter the hotspot’s Wi-Fi password and click Connect.

To connect to your mobile hotspot using Windows 10:

  1. press the network settings symbol in the lower right corner of the taskbar. It will appear as a Wi-Fi symbol if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, a computer and cable if you are connected via Ethernet, or a globe with a disconnected symbol if you are not connected to any network.
  1. Select your Access point name.
  1. When prompted, enter the network security key and click Next.

How to connect your laptop to the mobile hotspot via USB

It is possible to connect your Android phone to your Windows laptop via a USB cable. To configure USB tethering:

  1. Connect your USB cable to both the phone and your laptop.
  2. Open Settings on your Android.
  3. Faucet Connections.
  1. Faucet Mobile hotspot and tethering.
  1. Enable USB Tethering.

How to connect your laptop to the mobile hotspot via Bluetooth

The final way to connect your laptop to a mobile hotspot is to enable Bluetooth tethering. This is possible on iOS and Android phones.

To enable Bluetooth tethering on Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Faucet Connections.
  3. Faucet Mobile hotspot and tethering.
  4. Faucet Bluetooth tethering.
  1. Activate it.

To enable Bluetooth tethering on an iPhone:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Faucet Bluetooth.
  1. Enable Bluetooth and select your laptop from the list of devices to connect to.

To then connect your Windows PC to the Bluetooth hotspot:

  1. Click it up arrow at the bottom right of your taskbar to see the Charms bar.
  2. Right click on the Bluetooth symbol and click Show Bluetooth devices.
  1. Click on Add Bluetooth or another device.
  1. Select Bluetooth.
  1. Select your phone from the list.
  1. When you click on your phone, you should receive a pairing request. Confirm that the password is the same on your phone and laptop, then click Pair on your phone.
  1. Click on Relate on your laptop.

Happy Days

Maintaining internet access at all times is becoming increasingly necessary with so many people working from home or needing the internet to keep in touch with family. Luckily, with the mobile hotspot feature, you can create a Wi-Fi connection using your cellular data, which means you never lose touch.