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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. Other WiFi-enabled devices can then use your shared data connection to connect to the Internet.

To set up Internet sharing

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, tap Settings Settings icon > Internet sharing.

  2. Turn Sharing Toggle icon to On.

  3. Tap Setup.

  4. On the Internet sharing screen, do the following, then tap DoneDone icon:

    • In the Broadcast name box, type a network name. This is the name that you and others will see and use to connect to your shared connection over WiFi on another device.
    • Tap Security type, then tap Password required (WPA2) or None (open).
    • If you selected Password required (WPA2) for Security type, in the Password box, type a password that's required to connect to and use your shared connection.

To use your shared Internet connection on a WiFi-enabled device, select the broadcasted WiFi network name, then enter the password (if you chose to use one).

Notes

  • 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 and often costs extra.
  • This feature might not work on your phone without a software update from your phone manufacturer. To find out if your phone model is eligible for this update, contact your phone manufacturer.
  • 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 plan, so you don't get charged extra.
  • Tap the top of the screen to see the status bar, which has icons that tell a lot about your phone – including information related to connection sharing. When you're sharing your mobile data connection, the Internet sharing Sharing icon icon appears at the top of the screen. See What do the icons on my phone mean? for more information about this icon and others that might appear on the status bar.

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