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Tether or create a Wi-Fi hotspot

With Project Fi and your Fi phone, you can turn your phone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and share its Internet connection with up to 10 other devices at the same time. For example, if you want to use your laptop at the airport, you can turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect your laptop to the Internet. 

You can also share your phone’s Internet connection with another device through a USB cable or Bluetooth connection. This is known as tethering. 

No extra charge for Wi-Fi hotspots or tethering

Data for a Wi-Fi hotspot or tethering all comes out of your data budget. It’s $10/GB just like data on your phone. 

Note on international use: If you set up a Wi-Fi hotspot while traveling outside the U.S. (in supported countries), it still costs $10/GB. It doesn’t come from your data budget though, and you’ll be charged separately. 

Tip: This feature can use a lot of your device's battery, so turn the connection off as soon as you're done using it. Read more tips for managing battery life

Connect to other devices

Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot
  1. On your phone, open Settings Settings.  
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap More and then Tethering & portable hotspot.
  3. Turn on the switch next to "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot." 
  4. Tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  5. Choose the following and tap Save.
    • Network name: A name for your hotspot.
    • Security: You can require a password (select “WPA2 PSK") for your hotspot network or leave it open (select “none”). We highly recommend requiring a password so other people can’t use your connection.
    • Password: If security is on, enter your password.
  6. In the notifications bar at the top of the screen, you'll see Hotspot Hotspot.
  7. On the other device that will be using the hotspot (such as your laptop), go to Wi-Fi settings and select your new hotspot network. Enter the password if you required one. 

That’s it. You can start using Wi-Fi on your other device. 

Next time you use the hotspot:

Just follow steps 1-3 and the hotspot is ready to go. 

To turn off your hotspot:

Swipe down from the top of your phone’s screen to see Quick settings. Tap Hotspot Hotspot.

Use USB or Blueteooth tethering

You can share your phone’s Internet connection with another device without using a Wi-Fi hotspot.

See your tethering and hotspot data usage

You can keep track of your tethering and hotspot data usage. Here's how:

  1. Open the Project Fi app Project Fi or website
  2. Go to the Account tab
  3. At the top of the screen, you'll see your current data use. 
  4. To see a daily breakdown, select View details or View details View details. Your device and any tethered devices are shown separately.

Keep in mind that it takes about a day for your data usage to show up.

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