With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update just a few months away, making your device a mobile hotspot is easier than ever. Here’s how to do it.
We’ve shown you how to use Virtual Router Manager for configuring a Windows 10 device as a mobile hotspot. For years, users have been asking Microsoft to make this easy to do. Interestingly, this feature has been available on Windows Phone for a while now, and it’s easy to set up.
Yes, it’s technically possible to use the command line to do this, but it’s modern times. I don’t think you should have to resort to coding for something like this. Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update and above, making your device a mobile hotspot is easier than ever.
Enable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10
First, ensure your device is connected to the Internet. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile hotspot. Toggle on Share your Internet with other devices.
Then select Wi-Fi or Ethernet from the “Share my Internet connection from” menu.
Then click the Edit button and enter a name and password for the network you’re creating.
Just like its mobile sibling, the Mobile hotspot interface will display all currently connected devices.
Connecting to the hotspot is just as easy. Locate the wireless settings on your device, click or tap the network, and enter the password.
Once your device is connected, it will be displayed in the Mobile hotspot interface along with its assigned IP and MAC address.
If you happen to be sharing a mobile data connection from your Windows 10 device, I suggest you toggle off the “Turn on remotely” option. That will prevent devices like the iPhone, which remembers your wireless networks and automatically connect to them, from depleting your data in the background.
Also, if you have other Windows 10 devices connecting to your hotspot, check out our article for managing limited mobile data. The Mobile hotspot features are exclusive to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (and above), a free upgrade for devices running older versions of Windows 10. If you have no intentions of upgrading to Windows 10, check out our article about the free Virtual Router Manager.