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Share a mobile connection by hotspot or tethering on Android-Android Help

Share a mobile connection by hotspot or tethering on Android

You can use your phone’s mobile data to connect another phone, tablet or computer to the Internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some phones can share Wi-Fi connection by tethering.

Most Android phones can share mobile data by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.

Important: Some mobile operators limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your operator.

Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up.

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Turn on your hotspot

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot.
    • If you don’t find Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot, at the bottom left, tap Edit Edit and drag Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot into your Quick Settings.

Connect another device to your phone’s hotspot

  1. On the other device, open that device’s list of Wi-Fi options.
  2. Pick your phone’s hotspot name.
  3. Enter your phone’s hotspot password.
  4. Click Connect.
If you don’t want your hotspot to require a password:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Under ‘Security’, tap None.
Tip: You can share your phone’s mobile data with up to 10 other devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Choose how to tether

Tether by Wi-Fi

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot.
Tip: To find or change your hotspot name or password, tap it. You may need to first tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.

Tether by Bluetooth

  1. Pair your phone with the other device

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  2. Set up the other device’s network connection with Bluetooth.
  3. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  4. Touch and hold Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. Turn on Bluetooth tethering.

Tether by USB cable

Important: Mac computers can’t tether with Android by USB.
  1. Connect your phone to the other device with a USB cable. A notification shows at the top of the screen.
  2. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen.
  3. Touch and hold Hotspot Wi-Fi hotspot.
  4. Turn on USB tethering.

Extend battery life while tethering 

  • Plug in your devices while tethering.
  • Turn off tethering connections when you’ve finished with them.
  • If your phone can turn off your hotspot for you when no devices are connected, turn on that setting.
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