Connectivity

Share my 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 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi. Other devices that have Wi-Fi can then use your shared data connection to connect to the Internet.

To set up Internet sharing

  1. In the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Internet sharing.

  2. Set Sharing to On Toggle on icon.

  3. (optional) To change the broadcasted network name or password, tap Setup Setup icon, and then do any of the following on the Internet sharing screen:

    • In the Broadcast name box, type a network name. This is the Wi-Fi network name that you and others will see and use to connect to your shared connection over Wi-Fi 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.

    When you're finished, tap Done Done icon.

Note

The broadcast name or password can't include these characters: "&'<>

To use your shared Internet connection on a Wi-Fi-enabled device, select the broadcasted Wi-Fi network name, and then enter the password.

To connect on a Windows 8.1 tablet or laptop

  1. Use Bluetooth to pair your phone with your tablet or laptop.

  2. On your tablet or laptop, open the Settings charm, and then tap or click the network icon.

  3. Pick your network name at the top of the list, and 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.

Notes

  • To share your cellular data connection, this feature must be available from your mobile operator and enabled on your current phone plan. This is also known as tethering and often costs extra.
  • When you and others use the shared connection on another device, it uses data from your cellular data plan. You should be aware of any data limits you have on your plan, so you aren't charged extra.
  • When you're sharing your cellular data connection, you won't be able to use a Wi-Fi 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 cellular data connection, the Internet sharing Internet sharing icon 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.

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