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How to use Android's Instant Tethering feature



When Google launched the Pixelbook its flagship Chromebook, the company rolled out a featured called Instant Tether. With an Android device linked to the laptop, Chrome OS would use the phone's data connection when a Wi-Fi network was not available.

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Google's own phones and the Chromebook.

Recently, Google expanded the Instant Tether feature to more Chromebooks and Android phones. From start to finish, the feature is easy to set up and use.

Device compatibility

 Here are the phones and Chromebooks that offer instant tethering. Google promises more support in the coming months.

Here are the phones and Chromebooks that offer instant tethering. Google promises more support in coming months.


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In order to use Instant Tethering, you'll need a Chromebook on the above list. If you do not have a device on the top of the page, keep checking this about (or Google support page) for new devices. Google has said it's working on adding more phones and Chromebooks "in the coming months."

Setup

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The setup process for Instant Tethering only has to be done once. Make sure you're on the same Google Account on the Chromebook and have Bluetooth enabled on both devices.

On the Chromebook, open the Settings app and look for the option to connect to Android device. Click to Set up

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Select your current Android phone from the drop-down on the left side, then click on Accept & Continue . Enter your account password when prompted and click Done .

Simple, right?

How to tether

Whenever you unlock your Chromebook and it does not find a known Wi-Fi connection, ask for an alert if you want to use your phone's data connection. Click Connect and the two devices will start working together.

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If you have any reason to check it out, click on the Wi-Fi button. After a few seconds, your phone should be displayed as a connection option Mobile . Click on your phone's name and approve the connection if you are prompted.

The Chromebook on your Chromebook and your Android phone.

The first time you connect your Chromebook to your Chromebook and your Android phone.

More features

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As part of Google's Better Together feature, connecting your Android device to a Chromebook also enables Smart Lock – a feature that allows you to use your Android phone to unlock your Chromebook. And Messages, which syncs your Android Messages app with your Chromebook so you can send and receive messages from the Chrome OS device.

Connected devices section

Connected devices section.


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