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How To Turn On And Manage The Mobile Hotspot In Windows 10

Windows 10 is going to be adding a whole host of very impressive new features come the anniversary update. With each successive preview build that Microsoft seeds to testers and developers we learn more about the upcoming changes that will be made. The Settings app has been improved exponentially and many new settings that have been added to it making it clear that more and more settings from the Control Panel will now be managed here instead. As of build 14332, you can now turn your Windows 10 system into a mobile hotspot without needing the NETSH command-line utility to set it up. The process is now as simple as toggling a switch. Here’s how to turn on the mobile hotspot in Windows 10 and manage it.

Open the Settings app and go to the Network & Internet group of settings. Go to the Mobile hotspot tab and enable the ‘Share your internet connection with other devices’ option. Your system’s name will be used as the network name and Windows will generate a password that must be entered on any device looking to connect with the network.


To change the name of the hotspot or to change the password, click the Edit button on this screen. The ‘Edit network info’ overlay will let you change the name of the network and the password for it.


When a device is connected to your hotspot (you can connect up to 8 devices) you will see the name of the device, it’s IP address and MAC address.

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Windows has long had the capability to support a hotspot but setting it up wasn’t just time consuming but also complicated for the average user. Many apps exist that simplify the process for systems running Windows 7/8/8.1/10 but this will likely send a majority of those apps to extinction.

This feature and its functionality were tested on a Windows 10 Preview Build 14332. We expect it to make it to the Anniversary Update however, should the feature not be ready in time, we will update this post accordingly.

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