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 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.

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.
  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'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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