Create Mobile Hotspot; Change Hotspot Name & Password in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy for you to create a Mobile Hotspot, and change the Mobile Hotspot Name & Hotspot Password as well, easily via its Settings. We have already seen how to turn on Internet Connection Sharing & create a WiFi hotspot in Windows 10/8/7 using the netsh wlan utility, command prompt, and Wireless Hosted Network, and we have also seen a bunch of free WiFi Hotspot creator software like Baidu Wi-Fi Hotspot appConnectifyVirtual Router Manager, MyPublicWiFi, Bzeek, WiFi Hotspot Creator, MyPublicWiFi, mSpot, etc, to create a WiFi hotspot. Now let us see how to do it via the Windows 10 Settings app.

Create Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10

Open the Start Menu and click on the Settings icon to open Windows 10 Settings window. Now click on Network & Internet settings and then from the left side, select Mobile hotspot.

To create a WiFi or a Mobile Hotspot, connect your PC to a WiFi Network or Ethernet, and then toggle the Share my Internet connection with other devices setting to the On position.

create mobile hotspot

From the drop-down menu, you may select WiFi, Ethernet or Cellular Data connection.

You will also see the Network name and the Network password below that, which you can share with the others.

Change Hotspot Name & Password in Windows 10

If you wish, you can change the Hotspot Name & Hotspot Password.

To do this, click on the Edit button to open the following panel.

Change Hotspot Name Password

here you can change the Network name and the Network password – which has to be at least 8 characters. Once you have made the changes, click on Save.

The settings also allow you to let another device turn on the mobile hotspot – but for this, both the devices have to have Bluetooth turned ‘On’ and they have to be paired.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

6 Comments

  1. Edward Perez

    which version of Windows 10 has this feature?
    i’ve got Windows 10 Version 1511 [running on a Lenovo laptop w/ wireless connectivity] and i dont see the “Mobile hotspot” item.

    thx.

  2. Windows 10 Anniversary Update v1607.

  3. Edward Perez

    Anand, i just got Windows 10 Anniv update and now see the option. i checked it out and was able to connect my iPhone to my laptop via the Mobile Hotspot option.
    thx for the info!

  4. q' suza

    am getttin, “No internet Connection on my device”

  5. Leo

    Doesn’t work for me. My devices can connect to the Mobile Hotspot created on Windows 10, but there isn’t any internet connectivity on the phone. WiFi on my Windows 10 work perfectly, so it isn’t an adapter/driver related issue. Have tried this on a brand new installation of Windows 10 and it is the same. Also tested on several Win 10 laptops (running latest 16299 build).

    I have tried creating a mobile hotspot off my Ethernet and WiFi NICs, neither work. I have also enabled internet sharing from both the Ethernet and WiFi NICs to the virtual WiFi Direct adapter created by the Mobile Hotspot. Still no internet on my phone.

    I have no problems using 3rd party solutions like OSToto Hotspot or whatever.

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