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How to connect Chromebook to the internet without WiFi Step-by-step

connect Chromebook to the internet without WiFi

Your Android smartphone and a Chromebook work well together. You may still connect your Chromebook to the internet whether you’re out and about at a café, restaurant, airport, or any location where WiFi isn’t readily available. 

You may share part of your mobile data with your Chromebook while travelling if you have a mobile data plan via your mobile network provider.

Your smartphone’s hotspot may be used to connect your Chromebook to the internet. Traditionally, you manually set up a mobile hotspot on your Android phone, connect your devices to it, including your Chromebook, and then use that hotspot for your Chromebook. 

This entails picking the hotspot SSID and manually inputting WiFi passwords for hotspots. You may, however, have Chrome OS carry it out automatically.


This is made possible with the immediate tethering function and Phone Hub. Your Chromebook’s phone hub is a little tray with fast shortcuts for controlling your phone that is located in the bottom right corner. You can find your phone, activate the mobile hotspot, and silence alerts with ease.

But the Settings section under linked devices is where the real magic begins. If you haven’t previously, you can use this to connect your Android phone to your Chromebook.


How to connect Chromebook to the internet without WiFi using Instant Tethering

1. Make sure your Chromebook is logged in using the same Google account as your Android smartphone before connecting your Android smartphone. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on in your smartphone after that.

2. After doing that, go to Settings > Connected devices. then click the Setup option to the right of the area for Android phones.

It will recognize your Android smartphone if it has the same Google Account as your Chromebook. If there are many, choose the appropriate device from a selection menu.

Accept and go forward. All that will be required of you is your Google account password.

3. Return to Settings > Connected Devices at this time. Your recently connected Android smartphone should appear. To change how you want to use your phone from your Chromebook, click it and make your desired changes.

4. You should first activate Instant Tethering as we are primarily looking at how to quickly connect your Chromebook to the internet without WiFi.


Now, not every Chromebook has this capability available. Make sure your device is not one of those that doesn’t allow Instant Tethering by checking this page.

5. To begin sharing mobile internet connection from your Android phone with your Chromebook, click the caret icon under Instant Tethering. 

The Chromebook will try to activate the mobile hotspot on your phone as soon as you turn on mobile data and touch it on your smartphone. If successful, your phone name will appear with “connected” next to it.

Through the Phone Hub tray in the bottom right corner of your Chromebook, you may easily turn on the mobile hotspot on your phone. Click the phone symbol next to the system details panel to accomplish that.

6. Next, choose Enable hotspot. If successful, you ought to see the message “Connected.” You’ll get a message on your phone saying something along the lines of “Sharing data connection, offering internet to other devices.”

Your smartphone’s mobile connection will appear in the same location as the linked WiFi network when you open the system tray.

Your smartphone immediately creates a hotspot with a WiFi name or SSID that sounds something like “Instant Tethering xxx” in it.

Your phone’s notice will link you to the Personal hotspot screen, where you may see or modify the hotspot name and password that were created automatically.

Of course, you may use the same login information to utilize your phone’s hotspot to connect your other devices to the internet.


Why is my Chromebook not connecting to the Internet? 

Okay, so that’s how you can quickly connect your Chromebook to the internet using the mobile network of your Android smartphone. The first time you do it, it may not be successful, therefore I advise you to;

1. Switch off WiFi on your smartphone and Chromebook. Make sure your Android smartphone’s mobile internet switch is switched on.

2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both your Android phone and Chromebook.

3. Verify that your Android phone and Chromebook are both logged into the same Google Account.

4. Restart both your Android phone and Chromebook if it doesn’t work. Maybe unplug your Android device from your Chromebook and reconnect it.

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