When you don’t have WiFi access, Instant Tethering available on Chrome OS could prove a neat feature. It automatically activates the phone’s hotspot and connects your Pixelbook to the Android device’s mobile data. Previously exclusive to the Pixel smartphones and Google’s Chromebooks, the company has extended the support for more Android devices and Laptops.

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We have shared the 15 additional Chromebooks and 30 Android phones getting this feature below.

Instant Tethering requirements

If yours is one of the compatible devices, then simply follow these steps to use the convenience of connected appliances. Also, ensure that both the devices are logged into the same Google account.

Source: The Verge
Source: The Verge
  1. First and foremost, pair your Android smartphone to the laptop via Bluetooth.
  2. Next, turn on the Instant Tethering in the “Connected Devices” section of settings.

Voila! now you should be connected. Once paired, your Android phone will show up in the Quick Settings panel. From there, you could see the battery status and network signal of your device.

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Google has baked in a nifty feature which automatically disconnects the Chromebook if there is no activity for 10 minutes. One other thing you would notice is the Wi-Fi indicator changes into triangular network indicator.

List of Phones and Laptops getting Instant Tethering:

Phones Laptops
HTC U11, U11+ Acer Chromebook 13
HTC U12+ Acer Chromebook 14
Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro Acer Chromebook 15
Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X Acer Chromebook R11
LG G7 ThinQ Acer Chromebook Spin 13
LG V30, V30+, V30S ThinQ, V30S+ ThinQ ASUS Chromebook C423
LG V35 ThinQ ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
LG V40 ThinQ Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14
Motorola Moto Z HP Chromebook 11 G5
Motorola Moto Z2 Force HP Chromebook x2
Motorola Z3 HP Chromebook x360 14
Nexus 5X Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630
Nexus 6, Nexus 6P Samsung Chromebook 3
OnePlus 5, 5T Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
OnePlus 6, 6T Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE
Pixel, Pixel XL Acer Chromebook 13
Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Acer Chromebook 14
Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Acer Chromebook 15
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Active, S7 Edge Acer Chromebook R11
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+


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