How To Use Instant Tethering On a Chromebook

Instant tethering is currently working on my Chromebook. It might take few more weeks before this feature is rolled out to the Stable channel. When it does, this is where you should come to find out how to use it.

What Is Instant Tethering?

Instant tethering is a quick way to connect to your Android phone’s mobile hotspot. Usually, you set up the hotspot with a password, connect to that WiFi network from your phone/tablet / Chromebook, and enter the new password that you just set up. With Instant tethering, you will not have to enter that password.

Provided you have logged into the same Google account on both the devices.

If you are using a Chromebook and an Android phone with the same Google account, you can use Instant tethering. All you have to do is click Connect from your Chromebook’s Settings app.

Connect Your Android Phone’s Hotspot With Instant Tethering

  1. On your Android device, turn Mobile Hotspot on. Here is how to do it.
  2. On your Chromebook, go to Settings and under Network, click Mobile data.
  3. Toggle Mobile data on.
  4. You should now see your phone’s name listed. Click to connect. The first time you connect to a new device, you see a confirmation screen. Click CONNECT.
  5. Your Chromebook should now connect to your phone’s WiFi hotspot.

That’s it! You will now see the mobile data icon instead of the WiFi icon on your system tray.

Try this out, and drop me a comment if it works. If it doesn’t, yes, drop a comment, and we will try to figure it out together.

3 responses to “How To Use Instant Tethering On a Chromebook”

  1. I only have Wi-Fi showing under Network . Add
    connection is below it with no toggle .

    I’m running an
    acer chromebook 14 on dev .

    1. Dinsan – Bangalore, India – Digital Minimalist & Content Developer. Drinks Tea and writes Stuff (mostly about Chromebooks). My views are mostly copied from others.

      I got this working on Toshiba Chromebook 2 running Canary channel. It might take a while for the Dev channel to get this feature.

  2. Thanks for the tips! A “must read” for chromebook nuts.

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