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How to connect a Windows 10 computer to the Internet through an Android Bluetooth Hotspot

This post explains how to activate bluetooth tethering from an Android device and then connect a Windows 10/11 computer to it.

Steps on how to connect a Windows 10 computer to the Internet through an Android Bluetooth Hotspot

The main steps are:

  1. Activate bluetooth tethering on your Android device
  2. Pair your Windows 10 device bluetooth to the Android device
  3. Connect to the Android device as an access point from Windows 10

Remember that your computer should be connected to the internet through WiFi.

 

1. Activate bluetooth tethering on your Android device

From your Android device, go to Settings > Bluetooth > activate Bluetooth (if it is not already done).

Go back to Settings > Mobile network > Tethering & portable hotspot > enable “Bluetooth tethering” (if it is not already done).

2. Pair your Windows 10 device bluetooth to the Android device

From your Windows 10/11 device, go to Start > type “Bluetooth and other device settings”.

Click on “Add Bluetooth or other device”.

Select your Android phone and pair it.

3. Connect to the Android device as an access point from Windows 10

From your Windows 10/11, locate the system tray on the bottom right of your desktop. Find a bluetooth icon (you may need to expand all system tray apps) for “Bluetooth Devices”, right-click on the icon and click “Join a Personal Area Network”.

Find your phone on the new screen, right click on it and select “Connect using” > “Access point”.

The first time you do this, it will ask you whether you want to consider this network public or private. It only asks this the first time, and it never asks again if you disconnect and connect again.

Then your Windows 10/11 computer should have access to the same WiFi connection as the Android device but communicating between them with bluetooth.

 

4. Set personal area network to private (in case you made it public)

This step only applies if you did not set the network to private in the previous step.

I tried to do this through the GUI, but I did not find the way. I would appreciate if you could leave a comment.

If you reconnect and connect the personal area network, it does not ask you again whether you want to make it public or private.

 

There may be alternatives ways to do this, through Registry Editor and PowerShell. You probably need administration privileges to do this. Check this post with hints about this, though the post refers generally to WiFi connections and not bluetooth personal area networks.

 

Network profiles are stored in Registry Editor on this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

Values in Registry keys:

  • Public: 0
  • Private: 1
  • Domain: 2

 

To know whether your current connection is private or public through PowerShell:

Get-NetConnectionProfile

To make a network profile private:

Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name "NetworkName" -NetworkCategory Private

To make a network profile public:

Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name "NetworkName" -NetworkCategory Public

You may need to introduce before in cmd:

net user administrator /active:yes

 

 

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I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.

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