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 carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your carrier.
Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.
Choose how to tether
Swipe down from the top of the screen. If you don’t find Hotspot , at the bottom left, tap Edit and drag Hotspot into your Quick Settings.
If you don’t find Hotspot , at the bottom left, tap Edit and drag Hotspot into your Quick Settings. On the other device, open that device's list of Wi-Fi options. Pick your phone's hotspot name. Enter your phone's hotspot password. If you don't want your hotspot to require a password:Swipe down from the top of the screen.Touch and hold Hotspot .Under "Security," tap None.
Swipe down from the top of the screen. Touch and hold Hotspot . Under "Security," tap None. Tip: You can share your phone's mobile data with up to 10 other devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot. Swipe down from the top of the screen. Touch and hold Hotspot . Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot. Tip: To find or change your hotspot name or password, tap it.
What is Android tethering?
You may need to first tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot. Pair your phone with the other device.
- Set up the other device's network connection with Bluetooth.
- On your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Touch and hold Hotspot . Turn on Bluetooth tethering.
- Important: Mac computers can't tether with Android by USB. Connect your phone to the other device with a USB cable.
- A notification shows at the top of the screen. On your phone, swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Touch and hold Hotspot . Turn on USB tethering. Plug in your devices while tethering.
- Turn off tethering connections when you're done with them. If your phone can turn off your hotspot for you when no devices are connected, turn on that setting. How can we improve it?
- Make sure the version of the phone-side application is 1.1.15 or above!
Terms and Conditions
Windows 10/8.1/7 (core package): universal 32/64-bit. Some phones require supplementary Windows-only drivers (first install the core package): Samsung / LG.
- macOS 10.10+: Intel 64-bit. Tablet-side application for Android: most tablets / Kindle Fire family.
- Access search, as follows:
Touch screen: On your computer, swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search.
Using a mouse: Point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.
- Ubuntu 20.04, Mint 20 (instructions): amd64 / i386.
- Ubuntu 18.04, Mint 19 (instructions): amd64 / arm64 / armhf / i386 / ppc64el.
- Ubuntu 16.04, Mint 18 (instructions): amd64 / arm64 / armhf / i386 / powerpc / ppc64el.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17: amd64 / arm64 / armhf / i386 / powerpc / ppc64el.
- Debian 10 (instructions): amd64 / arm64 / armel / armhf / i386 / mips / mips64el / mipsel / ppc64el.
- Debian 9 (instructions): amd64 / arm64 / armel / armhf / i386. Debian 8 (instructions): amd64 / armel / armhf / i386.
- Fedora 32, 31, 30: aarch64 / armv7hl / i686 / x86_64.
- CentOS 8: aarch64 / x86_64. CentOS 7: x86_64.
- CentOS 6: i686 / x86_64. openSUSE Leap 15.1: x86_64. Arch Linux, Antergos, Manjaro (instructions): i686 / x86_64 / arm / armv6h / armv7h / aarch64.
- Mageia 6 (instructions): armv7hl / i586 / x86_64.
- Alpine Linux 3.9+: x86 / x86_64. OpenMandriva Lx 3.0+: x86_64. Solus 3+: x86_64. Void Linux: multiarch. Raspbian (instructions): buster or stretch / jessie.
- OpenWrt 19.07.3+ (instructions): -openssl / -tiny.
OpenWrt 18.06.2+ (instructions): -openssl / -tiny. OpenWrt / LEDE 17.01 (instructions): -openssl / -tiny.
- OpenWrt 15.05.1 (instructions): -openssl / -tiny.
- FreeBSD 12: amd64 / i386 / armv6 / aarch64. FreeBSD 11: amd64 / i386 / armv6 / powerpc64 / sparc64 / aarch64.
- DragonFly BSD 5.2: x86_64. Legacy Windows (core package): Vista/XP.
- Legacy Mac OS X: 10.9/8/7 / 10.6/5/4. Harassment is any behavior intended to disturb or upset a person or group of people.
- Threats include any threat of suicide, violence, or harm to another. Any content of an adult theme or inappropriate to a community web site.
- Any image, link, or discussion of nudity. Any behavior that is insulting, rude, vulgar, desecrating, or showing disrespect.
- Any behavior that appears to violate End user license agreements, including providing product keys or links to pirated software.
- Any image, link, or discussion related to child pornography, child nudity, or other child abuse or exploitation.
Extend battery life while tethering
|MTK||http://online.mediatek.com/Public%20Documents/MTK_Android_USB_Driver.zip (ZIP download)|
|Sony Mobile Communications||https://developer.sonymobile.com/downloads/drivers/|
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