Create a Mobile Hotspot on Windows 10

Edited by Jay

When we think of WiFi hotspots, we tend to associate them with mobile devices such as phones and tablets. In fact, here at VisiHow, we've written about creating mobile hotspots for Android Oreo, Nougat, Lollipop and Marshmallow. However, the focus of this tutorial is about how to setup a mobile hotspot with Windows 10, so you can share your internet connection wirelessly, with other devices.

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Being able to create a mobile hotspot on your PC has its advantages. For instance, if you find that you always have to hand over your router's WiFi password to your friends or guests, you could run into security issues down the road. Most people save the WiFi networks they connect via their device's connection settings, and in the event, one of your friends loses his or her's phone, the security of your home network could be compromised. Changing the password on your hotspot or configuring who is allowed access is much more convenient than changing the master password on your router or modem.

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In the following VisiHow, we'll walk through the steps of settings up a Mobile Hotspot, on a PC running Windows 10. We'll also show how to connect to it with a couple of mobile devices.

**Please Note**

If you're using a desktop PC it will have to have a wireless adapter installed to be able to share its network via a mobile hotspot. If you're using a reasonably modern laptop, it will most likely be equipped with a wireless adapter, whether it's connected to your router/modem with network cable or using WiFi.

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Turn on Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10

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    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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    From the quick link menu, click "Settings".
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    From the Settings window, click "Network & Internet".
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  4. 4
    On the Network & Internet." Window, click "Mobile hotspot".
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    Toggle the switch to enable Mobile hotspot, then click the "Edit" button to continue editing the network information.
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    Here on the Edit network info window is where you can; rename the hotspot, change the password, and select the network band. Name the hotspot, enter a password (minimum 8 characters), and click the drop-down to select the network band.
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    From the Network band drop-down you can choose; 5GHz, Any available, or 2.4GHZ
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    For our example, we selected 2.4GHz. Click "Save" once all the information is entered correctly.
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    Back on the Mobile hotspot window, you'll see the information you just added
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    Now your PC is ready to share your internet.
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Connect to Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot with Android Nougat

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access the app tray.
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    From the app tray, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the SETTINGS" screen, tap "Connections".
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  4. 4
    On the WiFi screen, make sure it's enabled by toggling the switch, then tap it to view the available networks within range.
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  5. 5
    Locate and tap the Windows 10 hotspot, then enter the password in the pop-up box, then tap "CONNECT".
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    Once connected, the Windows 10 hotspot will display inside the WiFi setting on the CONNECTIONS screen.
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Connect to Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot with Android Oreo

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    From the home screen, swipe up or tap the arrow to access the app drawer.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap the "Settings" shortcut.
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    On the main Settings screen, tap "Network & Internet".
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    Find and tap the Windows 10 hotspot from the list of available networks.
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    When the pop-up box appears, enter the password, then tap "CONNECT".
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    Once connected, the Windows 10 hotspot will appear under the WiFi setting on the Network & Internet screen.
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  • Connect to Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot with a Windows PC

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      First, click the network icon to view the list of available networks
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      When the list appears, click the Windows 10 hotspot, then click "Connect". You can check "Connect automatically" if you want to skip entering the password each time you use the hotspot.
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      When the Connect to a network windows appears, enter the security key, then click "OK".
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      Depending on your version of Windows, you may be prompted to set a network location for the hotspot
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      For our example, we selected "Home network".
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      If you were prompted with the previous step, click "Close" to set the network location.
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      Now when you click the network icon in the notification area, the Windows 10 hotspot will display as "Connected".
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