How to Enable or Disable Wi-Fi Hotspot in Ubuntu Linux

This article describes steps one can take to turn on or off mobile hotspot in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux devices with built-in mobile hotspot can share their internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi.

This is useful in situations where you are at a remote area with a mobile (cellular) network only, and you wish to share your internet connection with other devices so they all can connect to the internet.

With your cellular equipped device, you can turn your Wi-Fi adapter into a wireless hotspot so others can connect to it, sharing the same mobile internet connection. Beware that when you share your cellular internet, your network data plan will be used and may cost a lot depending on where you are.

Once you share your Wi-Fi adapter as a hotspot, other devices will see it as a regular Wi-Fi network that they’re used to.

How to turn on mobile hotspot in Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, Ubuntu Linux is able to share its network with other devices using hotspot. When you share your internet as a hotspot, it will appear like a regular Wi-Fi network to other devices.

Below is how to turn it on in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Wi-Fi tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Wi-Fi panel, click on the vertical ellipses to show additional Wi-Fi options.

Then select Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot as highlighted below.

Next, type in the network name you want for others to see as they connect to your shared Wi-Fi network.

Then type in the password to authenticate to the Wi-Fi you shared from your device.

Finally, click the Turn On button to turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on your device.

Once enabled, you should be able to see its status and turn it off from the System menu as highlighted below.

That should do it!


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