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How to connect mobile data to a Chromebook (Step-by-step)

connect mobile data to a Chromebook

Finding it difficult to connect your Chromebook to a Wi-Fi network? Here’s how to use the data on your smartphone instead.

Chromebooks are made to be online almost always. When you don’t have a connection, you can perform quite a few things, but for the best results, you’ll need online connectivity.

Chromebooks may use your phone’s mobile data connection to access online if there are no Wi-Fi networks available, which may be the solution to your troubles. 

A setting on almost all current smartphones allows them to broadcast Wi-Fi hotspots that your Chromebook may connect to exactly like any other Wi-Fi network.

Here, we’ll go through how to set everything up.

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Android phone instant tethering on a Chromebook

You could just turn on a Wi-Fi hotspot on any Android phone that supports it. However, there is a better method. 

With Instant Tethering, ChromeOS is more thoroughly integrated; for instance, text messages may be sent and received. Additionally, it makes the procedure very easy.

You may check to see whether your model supports instant tethering by looking at Google’s list of Chromebooks that don’t.

Of course, you may also attempt the instructions below; if, after connecting your Android phone to your Chromebook, the choice for Instant tethering does not display, one of the devices does not support it.

If you are unable to use it, look for the Wi-Fi hotspot in your phone’s settings and turn it on instead. Make a note of the network name and password, then use them to join that network using your Chromebook.

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How do I connect my mobile data to my Chromebook?

On ChromeOS, accessing the mobile data on your Android phone is simple. The procedure is as follows (but you should first confirm with your mobile data provider if tethering is permitted on your plan):

  • On the Chromebook’s screen, click the clock area in the bottom right corner.
  • Choose Settings from the menu.
  • Locate the Connected devices section, then click the Setup option next to the Android phone.
  • To connect your Android phone to your Chromebook, adhere to the on-screen directions.
  • Make sure your phone is configured, turn on Bluetooth, and then choose your phone from the list of connected devices in Settings > Connected devices on your Chromebook.
  • A component titled Instant Tethering needs to be shown. Verify that the toggle switch is switched on after clicking the setting.
  • Select your phone’s name from the list of possible networks, then click the Connect button. Next, look for mobile data, where your Android phone should be listed, and choose that option.
  • The term Connected should now appear beneath your phone, indicating that your Chromebook is using mobile data.
  • If you have connectivity issues, open the Settings app on your phone, choose Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering, and then turn on Bluetooth tethering.
  • Return to your Chromebook’s settings and choose Disconnect to stop using the mobile data.

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How to use your iPhone mobile data on Chromebook 

Unlike an Android phone, an iPhone cannot be connected to a Chromebook directly, but iOS still allows users to use an iPhone’s mobile network through the Personal Hotspot function.

Follow these steps to achieve that:

  1. Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and make sure the Allow Others to Join option is turned on.
  1. You may find the Wi-Fi password below that. You’ll need the password to access the Hotspot, so make a note of it.
  1. Select your iPhone from the list of Known networks under Settings > Network on your Chromebook.
  1. After entering the Hotspot’s password, click Connect. The mobile data from your iPhone should now work on your Chromebook.
  1. Return to the Settings on your Chromebook and choose Disconnect after you’re done.

Now, you should be able to connect your Chromebook to the internet using your smartphone.

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FAQs

Why won’t my Chromebook connect to my mobile hotspot?

Restart your devices if your Chromebook is having trouble connecting to a mobile hotspot. Then try again to establish the connection. Make sure you are using the most recent ChromeOS version and delete any favourite networks. Contact your IT administrator or carrier if the problem continues.

Can I use my Chromebook without Wi-Fi?

With a Chromebook, you can still do a lot of things even if you aren’t online. However, incognito or guest modes will not function with all offline applications and services.