How to connect your Windows 11 device to a mobile hotspot

Vlad Turiceanu
by Vlad Turiceanu
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  • This can sometimes be a lifesaver, especially when you don't any available Wi-Fi sources.
  • The guide isn't only for Windows 11, but for the 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 versions of the OS as well.
  • It's a simple and fast process that only requires setting up the mobile hotspot and turning it on.
  • If for any reason, you are unsuccessful in establishing a connection, you can use a USB cable.
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Of course, sharing mobile internet between an Android smartphone and a Windows 11 PC can be useful, especially when Wi-Fi is not really available.

Thus, knowing how to share mobile internet with a Windows device can come in real handy when other options are just present.

Just like an iPhone can be tethered to a Mac when there’s no Wi-Fi, Android devices also let users do the same with their smartphone’s internet connection with any Windows laptop via USB and Bluetooth.

Connecting a phone and a PC via a cable is not an option for many of us, while internet connectivity via Bluetooth can be really slow.

Therefore, creating a Wi-Fi hotspot with your smartphone is the only option that’s both fast and uncomplicated.

How can I connect my Windows 11 gadget to a Hotspot?

The process we were mentioning above is simple and only requires a few clicks. Even better, it works on older versions of Windows as well, including 10/8.1/8/7 and so on.

The critical condition here is that the Android device has cellular data. If so, it can be tethered to virtually any Windows computer that has a Wi-Fi adapter.

Naturally, once the mobile hotspot is set up on the phone, the connection can be used by virtually any other device, including a Windows PC, a Mac, an iPhone, or a second Android device.

The quickest and easiest way to share an Android smartphone’s cellular data connection with a Windows 11 device is to switch on the Hotspot option from the phone’s Quick Settings panel.

In order to do this, swipe down from the top of the phone’s home screen. Now tap on the button that says Hotspot, and the cellular data connection of that phone will be available for use on any compatible device.

Before you attempt all this, keep in mind that it will only work once the hotspot has been set up and configured with an SSID and a password.

So let’s see exactly what you have to do in order to set this whole thing up on your mobile device.

  1. Access your phone’s Settings menu.
  2. Select the Mobile Network option.hotspot guide 1
  3. Select Personal Hotspot from the list.hotspot guide 2
  4. Modify and configure various security options, including the hotspot’s name, security type, and the password that will be required to use the connection, then activate the hotspot.

So we figured out how to set it up on the mobile device. In order to use this hotspot on a Windows 11 computer, you simply have to find the connection and access it.

To do that, click on the Wi-Fi icon in the System Tray and select the mobile hotspot as your internet option, then just fill in the password and hit Connect, to establish the connection.

Also, when not in use, we advise you to switch off the mobile hotspot for security reasons, as well as to save the phone’s battery life.

What if I simply can’t connect via hotspot?

If the Wi-Fi hotspot isn’t working for some reason, a USB cable can be used to share the internet between the Android phone and the Windows 11 device.

To do this, connect the PC and the phone using a compatible USB-C or micro USB cable. Then just go to Settings and access Hotspot & Tethering on the phone and switch on USB Tethering.

As with any wired Ethernet connection, there’s no need for passwords and the internet can be accessed through the PC the moment the USB tethering option is enabled on the phone.

That’s pretty much all there is to this process. Neat, right?

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