Android phones can create hotspots. A hotspot on a mobile device allows nearby devices to connect to the mobile device’s Internet connection, which likely comes from the mobile carrier’s network that the Android device uses. You can also enable a hotspot if your Android phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network, but in most cases, it is used with a carrier’s network.
For iPhone hotspot connection issues, check out these fixes.
Fix Laptop Not Connecting to Android Hotspot
To a Windows 10 laptop, an Android hotspot appears as any wireless network, or if the hotspot is configured to connect using a data cable, it will appear as an Ethernet network. Connecting to either type of hotspot requires little more than selecting it and entering the password.
If you’re trying to connect a laptop to an Android device’s hotspot and it’s not connecting, first perform these general checks.
Are other devices, particularly phones, capable of connecting to the hotspot? Otherwise, your operator may block the access point. What you see as a January enabled hotspot will not be functional.
- Try to connect via data cable to connect to the hotspot if your phone has the option.
- Make sure no other devices are connected to the Android device’s hotspot. That January you will only be able to connect one device at a time.
- Make sure there are no other more powerful networks nearby that your system is connecting to. If there are, try to forget them and then try to connect the access point.
- Power off and on your Windows 10 laptop and Android device.
- If the hotspot on the Android device is not password protected, add a password to it and then try to connect.
- If you can’t connect to the Android hotspot in all the above cases, try the solutions below.
1. Run the connection troubleshooter
Run the Windows 10 Network Connection Troubleshooter. It can detect and fix connectivity issues on your system.
- Open the Window Settings with the keyboard shortcut Win + I
- Go to Update & security.
- Select the Troubleshoot tab.
- Click Additional Troubleshooters.
- Select Internet Connections Troubleshooter.
- Apply all the fixes it recommends and reboot the system.
2. Reset Android Network Settings
Try resetting the network settings on the Android device. The problem is with the connection that Jan has created.
- Open the Settings app on the Android device.
- Go to Network and Internet.
- Look for the Reset option.
Note: Newer versions of Android allow users to search the Settings app for a particular setting. Try using it instead of manually searching for the reset option.
3. Change the frequency of the access point
Try changing the frequency on which the Android device transmits its wireless signal. This January option will not be available on earlier or base models.
- Open your Android phone setting.
- Go to Hotspot & tethering.
- Touch Configure WiFi hotspot.
- Open the Select AP Band dropdown menu and select 2.4Ghz.
- Click on Save and try connecting to the network.
Windows 10 can easily connect to a mobile hotspot. Usually, problems connecting to a hotspot created on a phone means that the carrier is blocking it. The January connection appears to be active but in reality it is not. If that’s the case, you’ll need to root your device or ask your carrier if there’s an option (paid or otherwise) to unlock it.