Networking, Remote Access, Turning your mobile phone into a wireless hotspot for your computer

If you have a data plan on your mobile phone and want to share that data with your personal computer to have a larger screen to work with, here’s where to start.

Your computer checklist:

  • Does the computer you want to share your mobile phone’s data with have a wireless network option?

    • Most laptops and tablets do have wireless capabilities built in.

    • Many desktops don’t automatically have one, but you can find USB wi-fi adapters for desktops. (Tech Services is not recommending any specific models here, but this Amazon search will show you a range of options. You do want “wireless” or “wi-fi” rather than “Bluetooth” for these purposes.)


Your mobile phone checklist:

After you’ve turned on your hotspot

Your newly created hotspot will have a network name -- it might or might not include your wireless provider or phone model; it might involve some random numbers and letters. 


On your computer, click on the wireless symbol (usually in the bottom right for Windows and on the top bar for Macs) to see which wireless signals your computer detects.


Select your phone’s newly created hotspot network name from the list of available networks.


If you don’t see your computer’s hotspot network name listed, here are some troubleshooting resources.





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Owner:Dena S.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2020-03-24 11:14 CDTUpdated:2020-03-24 11:30 CDT
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