Get online with your Android phone

When you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, Instant Tethering uses your Android phone’s mobile data to automatically connect your Pixelbook to the internet through a simple notification shown on your Pixelbook.

Instant Tethering requirements

For your Pixelbook, you'll need:

  • A connected, compatible Android phone with Android version N-MR1 and up.
  • To be signed in to the same Google Account as your phone.

To learn how to connect your Android phone and sign in with a different Google Account, go to Related articles.

For your phone, you'll need:

Use Instant Tethering

  1. If you haven't already, connect your phone to your Chrome OS device. To learn how, go to Related articles.
  2. When you unlock your device and there is no internet connection available, you should find a notification that a data connection is available from your Android phone (this notification will appear once per user session).
  3. Select Connect to use your phone's mobile data to get your device online.

Pixelbook | How to Use Instant Tethering

Turn off Instant Tethering

To disconnect from Instant Tethering once you have an internet connection, tap Disconnect in the notification on your device or phone.

To disable Instant Tethering on your Chrome OS device:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time to open your status area.
  2. Select Settings Settings.
  3. Under "Connected devices," select the arrow Right arrow next to your Android device.
  4. Select the toggle next to "Instant Tethering" to turn it off.

Troubleshoot issues with Instant Tethering

If you're having trouble using Instant Tethering, try these steps:

Step 1: Check to make sure your phone has Bluetooth turned on.

At the top of your phone's screen, a Bluetooth icon Bluetooth shows when Bluetooth is on. 
To turn on Bluetooth on a Pixel phone:
  1. Open your Pixel phone's "Settings" app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Connection preferences and then Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the “On” toggle to turn it on.

Learn more about connecting via Bluetooth on your Pixel phone.

Step 2: Make sure Google Play Services notifications are enabled on your phone.

  1. Open your Pixel phone's "Settings" app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then All apps.
  3. Find Google Play services and tap to open.
  4. Tap Notifications.
  5. Check that app notifications are on. If not, tap the toggle to enable.

Step 3: Check that you're signed in with the same Google Account as your phone.

For Instant Tethering to work, your Pixel phone must use the same Google Account you're using on your device.

To determine the account you're using, select the time at the bottom right to open the status area. Your signed-in account appears at the top of the status area.

If you're signed in with a different account than the one you use on your phone, you'll need to sign out and sign back in using the same account as your phone.

To learn how to sign in with a different Google Account, go to Related articles.

Step 4: Check that your phone has an active SIM card.

If not, contact your mobile service provider to get one.

Step 5: Verify that your phone has reception.

If your Pixel phone isn't getting sufficient cellular reception, try Instant Tethering once you've moved to a location with better reception.

Step 6: Restart your phone's Bluetooth and turn your device off and on again.

To restart your Pixel phone's Bluetooth:
  1. Open your Pixel phone's "Settings" app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Connection preferences and then Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the “On” toggle to turn it off. Tap it again to turn it back on.

To turn your Chrome OS device's power off and on:

  1. At the bottom right, select the time to open the status area.
  2. Select "Power" Power icon to turn off your device. (Note that you need to power the device off. Simply restarting won't help resolve this issue.)
  3. Press the power button on the side of your device to turn it back on.

If you're still having issues with Instant Tethering after trying the above steps, contact support by selecting Contact us at the bottom of the page.

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