Connect to your phone's network

You can use your phone’s mobile data to connect your Chromebook to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a portable hotspot.

What you need

One of these Chromebooks
  • Acer Chromebook 13
  • Acer Chromebook 14
  • Acer Chromebook 15
  • Acer Chromebook R11
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 13
  • ASUS Chromebook C423
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
  • Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5
  • HP Chromebook x2
  • HP Chromebook x360 14
  • Google Pixelbook
  • Google Pixel Slate
  • Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE
One of these phones
  • HTC U11, U11+
  • HTC U12+
  • Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • LG V30, V30+, V30S ThinQ, V30S+ ThinQ
  • LG V35 ThinQ
  • LG V40 ThinQ
  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
  • Motorola Z3
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6, Nexus 6P
  • OnePlus 5, 5T
  • OnePlus 6, 6T
  • Pixel, Pixel XL
  • Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
  • Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Active, S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Share your phone’s data connection for the first time

Step 1: Connect your Chromebook to your phone

On your Chromebook:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Connected devices," next to "Android phone," select Set up.
  4. Enter your password and follow the steps. Once completed, you’ll get a confirmation on your phone.
  5. On your Chromebook, under "Enabled," select which features you want to turn on.

Note: Learn more about how to connect your Android phone to your Chromebook.

Step 2: Let your phone share its connection

On your phone:

  1. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google Account.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi.
  4. Open the Settings app Settings app.
  5. Tap Google and then Instant Tethering.
  6. Turn on Provide data connection.

Share your phone’s data connection later

On your Chromebook:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select your Wi-Fi network or No network No network.
  3. Under "Mobile data," select your phone.
  4. When you see "Connected" under your phone’s name, your phone is sharing its data connection with your Chromebook.

Stop sharing your phone’s data connection

To stop tethering your phone’s data connection, find the "Sharing data connection" notification on your phone and tap Disconnect.

Expect more battery use and possible data charges

Sharing your phone’s data connection can use a lot of your phone’s battery. We recommend:

  • Plugging in your phone while it shares its data connection
  • Turning off data connections when you're done with them

Note: Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your phone’s mobile carrier.

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