Share a mobile connection by tethering or hotspot on Android

You can use your Android 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. 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.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Tether by Wi-Fi hotspot

You can share your phone’s mobile data with up to 10 other devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Step 1: Turn on your phone's hotspot

  1. Open your phone's Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & internet and then Hotspot & tethering.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi hotspot.
  4. Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. To see or change a hotspot setting, like the name or password, tap it. If needed, first tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.

Tip: If you don't want your hotspot to require a password, pick None under "Security."

Step 2: 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.

Tether by Bluetooth

  1. Pair your phone with the other device.
  2. Set up the other device to get its network connection by Bluetooth. Follow the instructions that came with the device.
  3. Open your phone's Settings app.
  4. Tap Network & internet and then Hotspot & tethering.
  5. Tap Bluetooth tethering.

Tether by USB cable

Important: Mac computers can't tether with Android by USB.

  1. Using a USB cable, connect your phone to the other device. A "Connected as a…" notification shows at the top of the screen.
  2. Open your device's Settings app.
  3. Tap Network & internet and then Hotspot & tethering.
  4. Turn on USB tethering.

Expect high battery use by tethering

Tethering can use a lot of battery. We recommend:

  • 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.
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