How to create a mobile hotspot on Windows 11

If your Windows 11 PC has a working internet connection (ethernet, cellular modem, Wi-Fi, or otherwise), you can wirelessly share that connection as a portable hotspot using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. How to set it up.

First, open Windows Settings by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard. Or you can open Start and search for “Settings” and then click the appropriate icon.

In the settings in the sidebar, click on “Network & Internet” and then on “Mobile hotspot” (ignore the on / off switch for now).

In Settings, click Network & Internet, then select Portable Hotspot.

Several options are listed in the mobile hotspot settings. We’ll go over each one below.

An overview of Windows 11's mobile hotspot options.

Before you switch on “Mobile Hotspot”, it is best to configure how it works. First, click the “Share my internet connection from” drop down menu and select the source of the internet that you are sharing. Some examples are “Ethernet” and “Wi-Fi”.

Click the

Next, click the Share Over drop-down menu and select the method you want to use to share the Internet connection with other devices. Typically you can choose “Wi-Fi” or “Bluetooth” but there may be a different option depending on how your PC is configured.

Click the drop-down menu labeled

Click Edit at the bottom of the Properties section and an Edit Network Information window will appear. In this window you can see the name of the network (similar to a Wi-Fi SSID), the password people use to connect to your hotspot, and the network band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or “All available “) When sharing via Wi-Fi. When you are finished with the configuration, click on “Save”.

Edit your mobile hotspot network settings and click Save.

Finally, go back to the top of the Mobile Hotspot Settings window and toggle the switch next to Mobile Hotspot to On.

Set the

You can then receive incoming connections to your new mobile hotspot.

If you change your mind at any time and want to turn off your mobile hotspot, simply start the settings again, navigate to “Network & Internet” and switch “Mobile hotspot” to “Off”.

Connect to your mobile hotspot

Connecting to your new Windows 11 mobile hotspot is easy, especially if you use WiFi. Just launch your device’s Wi-Fi settings and connect to the network with the name you set in the section above. During the connection, enter the password that you set in the “Edit network info” window under Settings> Network & Internet> Mobile hotspot> Edit.

Connect to the mobile hotspot using the iPhone as a example.

You can connect to your hotspot using Bluetooth in a similar way, if the connecting device supports Bluetooth internet connections. If you host the hotspot, you can see how many devices are connected at the same time at the bottom of the window under Settings> Network & Internet> Portable hotspot. Good luck and have fun surfing!

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