Use a Google Pixel or Pixel Xl to Create a Mobile Hotspot

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The Google Pixel is mighty mobile phone sporting an impressive processor, Full HD screen resolution, and a 12.3 MP primary camera. With 4 GB of RAM, the pixel can handle even the most arduous tasks and functions. Although released over a year ago, The Pixel and Pixel XL still lead the way in mobile device handsets.

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The focus of this VisiHow is on setting up a Mobile Hotspot. Mobile Hotspots are great for those situations when WiFi isn't available or, the connection is being used by too many people at once. If you're in need of a quick and stable connection to the internet, creating a Mobile Hotspot that can be shared both publicly or exclusively, is an excellent alternative.

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In this article, we'll go through the steps of setting up a Mobile Hotspot on a Google Pixel running Android 8.0.0 (Oreo). We'll also walk through connecting to it with both a Windows computer and another Android device (Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android Nougat).

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**Important**

Not all mobile carriers offer the option to setup Mobile Hotspots. Due to this feature being controlled by service providers, it may not be available on all devices. If you notice that the mobile hotspot option is grayed out or not found, contact your mobile carrier for more help.

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Please remember that when you share your internet via a mobile hotspot, it will use up more data than usual. Keep an eye on it if you're on a limited plan.

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Create a Mobile Hotspot on a Google Pixel

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To get a Mobile Hotspot up and running we first need to disable WiFi and turn on your Mobile Data.

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    On the home screen, tap or swipe up from the little triangle to gain access to your app drawer.
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    From inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the settings screen, tap "Network & Internet".
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    On the Network & Internet screen, toggle the switch next to WiFi to disable it (if it's enabled).
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    With WiFi turned off and while still on the Network & Internet screen, tap "Data usage".
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    On the Data usage screen, turn on your Mobile data by toggling the switch next to it.
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    Now that WiFi is off and Mobile data is on, head back to the "Network & Internet" screen and tap, "Hotspot & tethering".
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    From the Hotspot & tethering screen, toggle the switch next to "Portable WiFi hotspot" to enable it.
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    To further configure your hotspot, tap "Set up WiFi hotspot".
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    When the "Set up WiFi hotspot options box pops-up, enter a name and password
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    You can leave it with the default name and password, but you'll have to tick "Show password" to see it.
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    For our example, we named our hotspot Pixel HotSpot.
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    To change the security, tap the drop-down triangle, then select either "None" or "WPA2 PSK"
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    It's highly recommended to go with WPA2 PSK for higher security.
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    To select the AP Band, tap the drop-down triangle, then choose either "2.4GHz Band" or "5 GHz Band".
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    2.4 GHz will offer a more extended range but could perform at slower speeds
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    5 GHz will perform faster, but the range will be shortened.
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    Once you've filled in all the correct information and selected the appropriate settings, tap "SAVE".
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    With your Hotspot set up, you'll see the new name (if you changed it), and also that it's active
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    Other devices will now be able to connect to your Mobile Hotspot to use the internet.
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Connecting to a Mobile Hotspot with a Windows PC

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    In the notification area on your Windows machine, click the network icon to view your available networks
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    With the network list open, click on your Hotspot, then click "Connect".
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    If you don't see your new hotspot in the list, tap the refresh icon in the upper right corner a few times.
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    When the "Connect to a network" window appears, enter the password you created for your hotspot in the previous section of this guide, then click "OK".
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    You may see the following window or one similar (depending on your version of Windows)
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    Click on the option that best fits your preference.
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    With preferred network location setting selected, click "Close" to continue.
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    You'll now be connected to your new Mobile Hotspot
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    To confirm, click the network icon in the notification area to open the list to ensure you're properly connected (it will be displayed at the top of the available networks list).
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Connecting to Mobile Hotspot with an Android Device (Nougat)

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    To connect from another Android device, swipe up or down on the home screen to access your apps.
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    From the app drawer, locate and tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Connections".
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    From the Connections screen, tap "WiFi".
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    On the WiFi screen, toggle the switch in the upper right corner to enable it (if it's turned off)
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    Once WiFi is enabled, tap on the hotspot you created earlier.
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    It may take a moment to find it so don't worry if you don' see it immediately.
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    Once you've tapped on the hotspot, the options box will pop-up
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    Enter the password you created in the previous section of this tutorial and tap "Connect".
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    If you plan on connecting again in the future, tap the radio button next to "Auto reconnect".
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    If you head back to the WiFi screen, you'll now see that you're connected to the Mobile Hotspot.
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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