How To Enable WiFi Hotspot on Windows 10 without 3rd Party Tools


That’s right, starting with the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 users with WiFi connection can quickly and easily enable the hotspot feature, sharing Internet connection with up to 8 other devices without any 3rd party tools involved.

Here is what you need:

  • A Windows 10 device runs on the latest Insider Preview Build or with the Anniversary Update installed (which has to wait until August 2, 2016).
  • A WiFi connection. But the connection you are sharing can be a wired, WiFi, or cellular network.

If your PC still runs on the stable release of Windows 10 or not even on Windows 10, check out these eight tools that turn your Windows PC a WiFi hotspot.

To enable the WiFi hotspot, go to Settings → Networking & Internet → Mobile hotspot.

Windows 10 - Settings - Network - hotspot

Select the network connection you want to share and enable the “Share my Internet connection with other devices” option.

Windows 10 - Settings - Network - Hotspot enabled

As you can see, Windows 10 provides a default SSID and password option which is pretty difficult to use and remember. To edit, just click Edit button to put in your own network options. Just don’t forget to turn the option on again after the change.

That’s about it. You can find and connect to the new hotspot from your other WiFi devices whenever you want. Just make sure you disable this feature when you are done with the sharing.

Windows 10 - wireless connection

You can also check what devices have connected to your hotspot in the Mobile Hotspot settings app as well.

Windows 10 - Settings - Network - Hotspot connected



  1. l cant set up internet sharing this i what l am getting after requesting to show drivers
    does this mean my wireless driver does not support internet sharing or Access Point

    Interface name: Wi-Fi

    Driver : Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
    Vendor : Intel Corporation
    Provider : Intel
    Date : 1/28/2016
    Version :
    INF file : C:\Windows\INF\oem31.inf
    Files : 3 total
    Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver
    Radio types supported : 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n 802.11a 802.11ac
    FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes
    802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes
    Hosted network supported : No
    Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode:
    Open None
    Open WEP-40bit
    Open WEP-104bit
    Open WEP
    WPA-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA-Enterprise CCMP
    WPA-Personal TKIP
    WPA-Personal CCMP
    WPA2-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA2-Enterprise CCMP
    WPA2-Personal TKIP
    WPA2-Personal CCMP
    Open Vendor defined
    Vendor defined Vendor defined
    Wireless Display Supported: Yes (Graphics Driver: Yes, Wi-Fi Driver: Yes)


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