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Stuck with patchy public internet, or no Wi-Fi at all? If your mobile plan supports tethering, there’s no reason why you can’t still work while on the go. In this guide, we’ll show you how to connect your PC to your phone, giving you 4G/5G internet on a Windows 10 device without its own SIM.
Connecting to your hotspot
If instead, you need to share your PC's internet connection with other devices by using it as a mobile hotspot, check out this guide. The steps you’ll need to follow depend on which phone platform you use. We’ll cover iOS in the section immediately below.
If you use Android, skip down the page to find the relevant steps. On iPhone, open the Settings app and tap “Personal Hotspot” to start configuring your Wi-Fi access point. Tap the “Personal Hotspot” toggle button to turn on your hotspot. You can change your hotspot’s password by tapping the “Wi-Fi Password” field. iOS defaults to using a strong password so you won’t necessarily need to change this.
Tap the blue “Save” button at the top of the password settings screen to save your changes. On an Android device, open the Settings app and head to the “Network & internet” category.
The screens you see may look slightly different depending on your Android version and device manufacturer. If you don’t see the same screens at all, you should refer to your manufacturer’s documentation.
From the “Network & internet” page, tap the “Hotspot & tethering” button to view the mobile hotspot settings.
Next, press the “Wi-Fi hotspot” button to customise the hotspot’s settings. Tap the toggle button at the top of the page to turn your hotspot on.
Setting up the hotspot
Use the settings on the page to rename your Wi-Fi hotspot (its SSID) or change the password.
- Now you’re ready to switch back to your Windows 10 PC.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on (you can check by opening Action Centre with Win+A and looking for the “Wi-Fi” settings tile).
- Next, open the Wi-Fi networks list by clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the system tray. After a few moments, you should see your phone’s hotspot appear in the list. Android devices will appear as the name you set on the hotspot settings page; iOS devices show up as their device name.
Tap the Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to it like any other. You’ll need to supply the password you set on your phone. You should now be able to browse the web on your PC, using your phone’s 4G. Just remember to stay within your data plan and turn your hotspot off (on your phone) once you’re done browsing.
It's easy to turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot. This illustrated walk-through shows how it's done. Have you ever needed a mobile hotspot?
For example, suppose you are at a hotel whose WiFi system uses a captive-portal login that limits the number of connections or that charges extra for additional connections.
Turning off the hotspot
Connecting to the hotspot
Or maybe your kids are having a party and you don’t want to give out your WiFi password to a small army of cellphone wielding teenagers. Whatever the case, you’ll be glad to learn that you can easily turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot.
- Let’s take a closer look. Of course, your Windows 10 system has to have a WiFi adapter and a broadband connection.
- The broadband connection can be through either Ethernet or WiFi.
- If you are using a laptop as your mobile hotspot, then you should be good to go, as all current laptops have built-in WiFi adapters.
How do I tether my phone on Windows 10？
You can turn a desktop PC into a mobile hotspot with an inexpensive USB wireless adapter, such as the Belkin N300 Micro Wireless USB Adapter or a PCI wireless card, such as the TP-Link N150 Wireless PCI-Express Adapter.
- Both of these adapters can be found on Amazon.
- You should also be able to find these, or similar wireless adapters, at your local computer store.
- Setting up a mobile hotspot in Windows 10 is easy. To begin, press the [Windows] key and click Settings.
When Windows Settings appears, click Network & Internet and then select the Mobile Hotspot tab, as shown in Figure A. If your Windows 10 system is simultaneously connected to your broadband by both Ethernet and WiFi, the first thing you need to do is select from where you want to share your internet connection.
Using the Share My Internet connection from the dropdown list, choose either WiFi or Ethernet, as shown in Figure B.
(If you don’t select this option first, it will be unavailable once you turn on the Mobile hotspot.).