Use your Chromebook as a Wi-Fi hotspot

You can use your Chromebook as a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect other devices to the Internet.

What you need

To turn on hotspot, your Chromebook must:

  • Have cellular capability
  • Be equipped with a supported Wi-Fi chipset and supported modem firmware and ensure your device is hotspot enabled
  • Have a mobile data plan with tethering subscription

Tips:

  • Not all mobile providers support this feature.
  • VPN doesn't affect the data sent from a mobile provider to a customer.

Set up your Chromebook hotspot

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under “Network,” select Hotspot.
  4. On the right of “Hotspot name,” select Configure.
  5. Enter your preferred hotspot name and password.
    • Hotspot name should not be empty and not exceed 32 characters.
  6. Select Save.

Turn on or off your Chromebook hotspot

Important: If your hotspot is turned on, the connected devices use your mobile data and it reduces Chromebook’s battery percentage.

To turn on or off your Chromebook hotspot:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under “Network,” turn on or off Hotspot.

Tips:

  • If you previously turned a hotspot on, you can find the hotspot setting in your Quick Settings.
  • If you find the Hotspot option but can’t turn it on or off, your device may not support the hotspot function.
  • If your device is connected to the mobile network but the Hotspot option isn't visible in the settings page, your device hardware can't support this feature.
    • If a mobile network is connected but Hotspot option isn’t available, your device hardware doesn't support the Hotspot feature.

Manage your hotspot

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. Under “Network,” select Hotspot.
  4. To update the hotspot name, select Configure.
  5. You can also:
    • Turn off hotspot automatically.
    • Find the number of devices connected.
    • Use 2.4GHz Wi-Fi to extend compatibility. If not, ChromeOS prefers the 5GHz band if it’s allowed by the local regulations.

Tip: If you turn on Turn off hotspot automatically, this turns off hotspot when no device is connected within 5 minutes.

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