How to Share Wi-Fi Between Chromebook and Android

Using Chromebook's Wi-Fi Sync feature

What to Know

  • To link your Android phone to your device, select the Phone icon on your Chromebook's bottom taskbar and select Get Started.
  • To sync your Wi-Fi passwords, go to Settings > Accounts > Sync and Google services > Manage what you sync > Sync everything.
  • To share your mobile hotspot, select the Phone icon in the taskbar and choose Enable Hotspot.

This article explains how to share a Chromebook's Wi-Fi connections and passwords with an Android phone. You can also create a Wi-Fi hotspot for your Chromebook using your phone.

Can You Share Wi-Fi Passwords From Chromebook?

You can sync your Chromebook Wi-Fi passwords with your Android phone. That way, you don't have to connect to the network and enter the password on both devices. All you have to do is connect your phone with your Chromebook and set up Wi-Fi Sync.

How Do I Share Internet From My Chromebook?

To share your Chromebook and Android Wi-Fi networks and password, you must first sync your phone to your Chromebook.

  1. On your Android phone, swipe down from the top of the screen and enable Bluetooth in the quick settings menu.

  2. On your Chromebook, select the time in the lower-right corner of the screen, then enable Bluetooth.

    Chromebook taskbar with Bluetooth On highlighted

    If you don't see the bottom taskbar, tap or click the bottom of the screen to bring it up.

  3. Select the Phone icon in the taskbar.

    Phone icon highlighted on Chromebook taskbar
  4. Select Get Started in the pop-up window.

    Get Started highlighted in Chromebook Phone Hub
  5. Under Device detected, make sure your phone is selected, then select Accept & continue.

    Accept and Continue and Phone detected highlighted in the Chromebook Connect to Your Phone screen

    If your Chromebook is administered by your work or school, you might not have the option to connect your phone.

  6. Enter your Google password.

    Your Chromebook and Android must be linked to the same account.

  7. Select Done. Your Android phone is now connected to your Chromebook.

    Done highlighted in the Chromebook Connect to Your Phone screen

    To disconnect your Android phone from your Chromebook, go to Settings > Connected devices, choose your device, then select Forget phone.

  8. Select the time in the lower-right corner of the screen, then select the Settings gear.

    Settings Gear highlighted in Chromebook Phone Hub

    Select the Phone icon in the taskbar to bring up the Phone Hub, where you can see your messages, notifications, battery life, and more.

  9. Select Accounts in the left sidebar, then select Sync and Google services.

    Accounts and Sync and Google services highlighted in Google Settings
  10. Select Manage what you sync.

    Manage what you sync highlighted in Chromebook settings
  11. Select Sync everything to sync your connected devices.

    Sync everything highlighted in Chromebook settings

    Alternatively, select Customize sync, then scroll down and enable Wi-Fi networks and anything else you wish to sync.

How Do I Turn My Android Phone Into a Hotspot?

If there are no Wi-Fi networks available, you can tether your Chromebook to an Android hotspot so you can access the internet via your phone's data plan.

To quickly connect to your phone's hotspot, select the Phone icon in the bottom taskbar, then select Enable Hotspot in the Phone Hub. Remember to disable the hotspot when you no longer need it.

Enable hotspot highlighted in Chromebook Phone Hub

How Do I Share Wi-Fi From My Phone to My Chromebook?

Here's how to share your Android's internet connection from your Chromebook settings:

  1. On your Chromebook, select the time, then select the Settings gear.

    Chromebook Phone Hub with Settings gear highlighted
  2. Select Network in the left sidebar, make sure Mobile data is enabled, then select your mobile device.

    Network and Mobile data toggle highlighted in Chromebook settings
  3. Select Connect in the pop-up window.

    Connect highlighted in the Chromebook hotspot settings
  4. You can now access the internet via your phone. Return to the Network settings and select Disconnect when you're done.

    Disconnect highlighted in the Chromebook hotspot settings

    Using your phone's internet consumes data as well as battery power, so plug in your phone if possible. Depending on your plan, your carrier may charge you a tethering fee.

FAQ
  • How do I share a printer over Wi-Fi with my Chromebook?

    Your printer and your Chromebook must share the same Wi-Fi network. Turn on your printer and connect it to a Wi-Fi network, then connect your Chromebook to Wi-Fi. On your Chromebook, press Ctrl + P to print something, then, next to Destination, select the down arrow. Select See More, choose your printer, then select Print.

  • How do I connect to Wi-Fi on my Chromebook?

    To connect to Wi-Fi on your Chromebook, select the Quick Settings Panel from the bottom right of the screen, then select No Networks. Select your Wi-Fi network, and enter the password if prompted.

  • Why won't my Chromebook connect to Wi-Fi?

    If you're having trouble connecting to Wi-Fi on your Chromebook, your Chromebook's Wi-Fi might be disabled or the Chromebook may not be communicating with the router. To fix your Chromebook's Wi-Fi connection problems, try troubleshooting steps such as making sure Wi-Fi is enabled, checking your Chromebook for a Wi-Fi switch, and updating your Chrome OS.

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