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Get online with your Pixel or Nexus phone

When you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, Instant Tethering uses your Pixel or Nexus phone’s mobile data to automatically connect your Pixelbook to the Internet through a simple notification shown on your Pixelbook. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a portable hotspot. 

Instant Tethering using notifications is available with Pixel and Nexus phones running Android version 6.0 or higher. Learn how to check your Android version.  

Important: Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your carrier.

Use Instant Tethering

When you unlock your Pixelbook and there is no Internet connection, your Pixelbook should show a notification that a data connection is available from your Pixel or Nexus phone. Click Connect to use your phone’s mobile data to get your Pixelbook online.

Note: If you have a Nexus 5X phone, you’ll need to enable Instant Tethering using notifications before Instant Tethering will work.

You can also do the following to tether your Pixelbook to your Pixel or Nexus phone:

  1. Click your account photo on the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Click No network No network
  3. Click the toggle next to "Mobile data." (If your Pixelbook's Bluetooth isn't already turned on, it'll turn on automatically at this point.)
  4. Your phone should appear. Select it to connect.

Turn off tethering

  1. Click your account photo.
  2. Click “Connected to [your phone]" Signal.
  3. Click the toggle next to Mobile data to disconnect.

You can also disconnect by tapping the mobile data notification on your phone.

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