How to use your Windows PC as a mobile hotspot to share with others

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Windows 10 and 11 PCs can share their Internet via Mobile Hotspot. Here’s how to enable hotspot on a computer and connect other devices.

A the Windows Can PC be used as a mobile hotspot to share internet? Back then, computers could access the Internet using an Ethernet cable. As technology advanced, computers were equipped with Wi-Fi receivers capable of receiving data over the air. Now, Windows PCs can not only receive high-speed Internet over a wireless connection, but they can also share the Internet with other devices.

A bigger question is, why would users enable mobile hotspot on their Windows PC or laptop? First, users may find themselves in a situation where they cannot access a Wi-Fi network through their smartphone, but their computer can connect to it. Additionally, users’ smartphones may run out of battery and activating a hotspot could drain them even faster. For all these situations, you can activate the mobile hotspot on your Windows computer.

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Computers or laptops running Windows 10 and Windows 11 are able to share their internet with other devices by enabling Mobile Hotspot. As mentioned in the official support document published by Microsoft, users can “share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet or cellular data connectionwhich provides bandwidth to their system. Whether users are connected to Wi-Fi or using mobile data on their Windows PC, they can redirect it to another device. Unlike smartphones with a single Wi-Fi interface, modern Windows laptops have two interfaces, allowing them to simultaneously access a Wi-Fi network and share the Internet via a hotspot.


Enable Mobile Hotspot on Windows PC


First, to use a Windows 10 PC as a mobile hotspot, click the “Start” button at the bottom left and select “Settings” (the cog icon) just above the power button. Then click on “Network and Internet” and locate ‘Mobile hotspot’ in the menu to the right. Alternatively, users can go to the support page and click “Open mobile hotspot settings”. Next, select Wi-Fi or Mobile Internet under “Share my Internet connection from” and enable the toggle under “Share my Internet connection with other devices”. Now open the Wi-Fi menu on a smartphone, tablet or other laptop, find the access point and connect.


To share internet from Windows 11 PC or laptop, users need to follow the same steps as mentioned above. However, the support page mentions an additional point about selecting Wi-Fi or Bluetooth under the “Share to” option. By default, the Windows 11 devices share their internet via Wi-Fi hotspot, which is much faster and more stable than Bluetooth tethering. Also, sharing Wi-Fi bandwidth with other devices is a better idea as enabling hotspot on mobile internet can use data from users’ data plans.

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Source: Microsoft

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