This post shows students and new users steps to turn enable or disable mobile hotspot in Windows 11. Windows 11 devices with built-in mobile hotspot can share their internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi.
This is useful in situations where you are at a remote area with a mobile (cellular) network only, and you wish to share your internet connection with other devices so they all can connect to the internet.
With your cellular equipped device, you can turn your Wi-Fi adapter into a wireless hotspot so others can connect to it, sharing the same mobile internet connection. Beware that when you share your cellular internet, your network data plan will be used and may cost a lot depending where you are.
Once you share your Wi-Fi adapter as a hotspot, other devices will see it as a regular WiFi network that they’re used to. When you them the username and password, and no time, they’ll be connected to your Windows 11 device sharing your mobile internet connection.
How to turn on mobile hotspot in Windows 11
As mentioned above, Windows 11 is able to share its network with other devices using hotspot. When you share your internet as a hotspot, it will appear like a regular WiFi network to other devices.
Below is how to turn it on in Windows 11.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, and select the Mobile hotspot tile on the right pane as shown in the image below.
On the Mobile hotspot settings pane, toggle the button to the On position to enable Mobile hotspot in Windows 11.
How to turn off mobile hotspot in Windows 11
If mobile hotspot is turned on and you want to turn it off, simply reverse the steps above by going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Network & internet ==> Mobile hotspot. Select the tile, and toggle the button to the Off position to disable.
How to set up Mobile hotspot on Windows 11
If Mobile hotspot is enabled and you want other devices to connect to your hotspot, select Share my internet connection from and choose the source of the internet you want to share. (ex: Ethernet or Wi-Fi).
Next, in the Share Over drop down option, and select the method you’d like to use to share the internet connection with other devices. The options are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. WiFi is a typical choice here.
By default, Windows will use the computer name as the WiFi SSID and select a password to connect to it. If you want to change the default Network properties, click on Edit under Properties, then enter the Wi-Fi name, password and select the network band you want to use.
When you’re done, click on Save.
You can now exit the Settings app.
Other device should be able to find the Wi-Fi hotspot you created above and be able to connect to it using the password.
Below is how one can connect to a Wi-Fi in Windows 11
That should do it!
This post showed you how to enable or disable Mobile hotspot in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.