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.
To connect on the other device, go to the Wi-Fi settings on that device, find your network name set up on the mobile hotspot device, select it, enter the password, and then connect.
This tutorial will show you how to setup and turn on or off mobile hotspot to share the Internet connection from your Windows 11 PC with other devices.
If you shut down or restart the computer, it will automatically turn off mobile hotspot.
The network name (SSID) for the mobile hotspot will not be hidden in the list of available networks to connect to for devices.
You can type the
netsh wlan show settings command into a command prompt and press to see if your wireless adapter supports hosted network (aka: mobile hotspot).
Turn on command in elevated command prompt -
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow
Turn off command in elevated command prompt -
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow
Turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot in Quick Settings
Open Quick Settings (Win+A).
Click/tap on the Mobile hotspot quick setting button to toggle Off and On for what you want. (see screenshots below)
Turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot in Settings
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side (see screenshot below)
Turn on or off Mobile hotspot on the right side for what you want.
You can now close Settings if you like.,
Setup Mobile Hotspot in Settings
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Mobile hotspot on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Select the internet connection you want to share (ex: Ethernet or Wi-Fi) in the Share my Internet connection from drop menu. (see screenshot below)
Select how (ex: Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) you want to share your connection over in the Share over drop menu. (see screenshot below)
If you would like to change your mobile hotspot properties, click/tap on Edit, and follow the steps below: (see screenshots below)
- Enter a network name you want for this mobile hotspot.
- Enter a network password at least 8 characters long for this mobile hotspot.
- Select to use the 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz, or Any available network band for this mobile hotspot.
- Click/tap on Save when finished.
You can now give your mobile hotspot network name and password to people you want to share your Internet connection with when you have mobile hotspot turned on.
Turn on Mobile hotspot if wanted. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Settings if you like.