Skip to content

December 7, 2017

How to use Instant Tethering with your Chromebook

by John_A

Instant Tethering is a feature designed to enable to the clunkiness of signing into a portable hotspot. Here’s how to set it up!

Public WiFi is pretty common at this point, though it’s usually slow and insecure. Because of this, many users will instead tether their laptops and tablets to their phone’s cellular connection to connect to the web. Creating a portable hotspot has its own issues, include a clunky setup and connection process.

pixelbook-second-opinion-6.jpg?itok=DRAy

Chrome’s Instant Tethering feature has come to alleviate the clunky connection process at least. It’s also restricted to those who are using a Chromebook and one of Google’s Pixel smartphones, so most Android users can’t use the feature at this time. Having said that, let’s get into setting up Instant Tethering.

Pair your Chromebook and Pixel phone with each other with Bluetooth.

On your phone, open the Settings app and tap Google Services & preferences.

Scroll down and tap on Instant Tethering.

Make sure the Provide data connection option is enabed.

On your Chromebook, click on your photo in the lower right corner, then click network settings. Enable Mobile Data.

You will get a notification on your phone to verify the connection to your Chromebook. Tap on the notification and tap Connect.

chromebook-instant-tether-1.jpg?itok=WsBchromebook-instant-tether-3.jpg?itok=tgP

That’s not quite as easy as setting up a traditional hotspot, but the payoff comes when you need to connect your Chromebook to your phone again. Simply unlock your Chromebook, and you’ll see a notification asking if you’d like to connect to the phone’s hotspot. Tap “Connect”, and that’s it! You’re online and ready to go!

chromebook-instant-tether-6.jpg?itok=hgv

Do you use Instant Tethering on your Chromebook? Let us know down below!

Chromebooks

  • The best Chromebooks
  • Should you buy a Chromebook?
  • Google Play is coming to Chromebooks
  • Acer Chromebook 14 review
  • Join our Chromebook forums

Advertisements
Read more from News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

%d bloggers like this: