Network and Internet Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 11


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You can turn your Windows PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi. You can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection. If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the mobile hotspot feature for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the mobile hotspot feature.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot using REG file


EXAMPLE: Mobile Hotspot disabled

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OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Network\Network Connections

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3 In the right pane of Network Connections in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Prohibit use of Internet Connection Sharing on your DNS domain network policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


5 Enable Mobile Hotspot

This is the default setting.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

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6 Disable Mobile Hotspot

A) Select (dot) Enabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

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7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.





OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


2 Enable Mobile Hotspot

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Enable_Mobile_Hotspot_feature.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections]
"NC_ShowSharedAccessUI"=-

3 Disable Mobile Hotspot

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Disable_Mobile_Hotspot_feature.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections]
"NC_ShowSharedAccessUI"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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