- Connecting: how and when
- Types of connections
- Mobile network and SIM settings
- Sharing your connection
- What is flight mode?
- Using a dual-SIM phone
- Connecting to a WiFi network
- Finding WiFi hotspots
- WiFi FAQ
- Using WiFi Sense to get connected
- WiFi Sense FAQ
- How do I opt my network out of WiFi Sense?
- Pairing your phone with a Bluetooth accessory
- Bluetooth FAQ
- Sharing files over Bluetooth
- What is data roaming?
- How can I minimise my data usage?
- Using Data Sense to manage data usage
- Using a VPN connection
- NFC on Windows Phone
- Tapping to share photos, websites and more
- Projecting your phone screen to a TV or PC
Sharing your connection
Want to share your Internet connection with your laptop or another device? You can turn your Windows Phone into a mobile hotspot by sharing your mobile data connection over WiFi or Bluetooth. Other devices that have WiFi or Bluetooth can then use your shared data connection to connect to the Internet.
To share your mobile data connection over WiFi
In the App list, tap Settings > Internet sharing.
Tap Share over, then tap WiFi.
Set Sharing to On .
(optional) To change the broadcasted network name or password, tap Setup , do any of the following on the Internet sharing screen, then tap Done :
- In the Broadcast name box, type a network name. This is the WiFi network name that you and others will see and use to connect to your shared connection over WiFi on another device.
- In the Password (minimum 8 characters) box, type a password. This is the password that's required to connect to your shared connection.
The broadcast name or password can't include these characters: "&'<>
To use your shared Internet connection on a WiFi-enabled device, select the broadcast WiFi network name, then enter the password.
To connect on a Windows 8.1 tablet or laptop without entering a WiFi password
Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your tablet or laptop.
In Internet sharing, tap Share over > WiFi, then set Sharing to On .
On your tablet or laptop, open the Settings charm, then tap or click the network icon.
Select your network name at the top of the list, then tap or click Connect.
You'll be connected and ready to go. The password is already entered and you can connect even if Internet sharing is turned off. No need to dig out your phone and turn on Internet sharing – it's done for you.
To connect using this procedure, your phone must be running Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info about how to update your phone. Your laptop or tablet needs to have Windows 8.1 or later.
To share your mobile data connection over Bluetooth
To use the shared data connection over Bluetooth, the device you're using must support the Bluetooth Personal Area Network User (PANU) role. To find out if your Bluetooth device supports this, check the documentation that came with it or check the manufacturer's website. To learn more about Bluetooth personal area networks (PAN) in general, visit the Microsoft Windows website.
You can also start sharing over Bluetooth even when Sharing is turned off. Just connect your device to your phone over Bluetooth, then Sharing will turn on automatically.
Trying to decide which connection to share over? First, it depends on the device and whether it lets you connect to a shared connection over WiFi or Bluetooth. If it lets you choose either type of connection, consider how much bandwidth and coverage you'll need. If you're doing something that requires a lot of bandwidth, such as watching streamed video, or if you need a wider range of coverage, consider using WiFi. On the other hand, if you're doing something that doesn't use a lot of data, such as emailing, social networking or just casually browsing the web, sharing over Bluetooth can work well for that and can help make your battery last a little longer compared to using WiFi.
- To share your mobile data connection, this feature must be available from your mobile operator and enabled on your current phone plan. This is also known as tethering or hotspot and often costs extra.
- When you and others use the shared connection on another device, it uses data from your mobile data plan. You should be aware of any data limits you have on your contract so you aren't charged extra.
- If you're sharing your connection over WiFi and a Bluetooth device that can use a shared data connection connects to your phone, sharing will automatically switch to Bluetooth if the Allow Bluetooth devices to switch sharing from WiFi to Bluetooth checkbox is ticked. If you don't tick the checkbox, you can still switch to Bluetooth, but you'll be prompted first.
- When you're sharing your mobile data connection, you won't be able to use a WiFi or VPN connection on your phone.
- The top of the screen has icons that tell you a lot about your phone – including information related to connection sharing. When you're sharing your mobile data connection, the Internet sharing icon appears at the top of the screen on the status bar. See What do the icons on my phone mean? for more info about this icon and others that might appear on the status bar.