Google’s Instant Tethering feature for Pixel and Nexus devices lets you automatically share your mobile internet between your Pixel and Nexus devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth hotspot. Once set up, you can access one of your phone’s mobile internet on any of your supported device automatically, but all of your devices should be connected to the same Google account. Read on to know how to setup Instant Tethering.
Instant Tethering feature was rolled out last January for select devices, but now it is available on all supported devices. Currently, you can use Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1 or higher as a hotspot and Pixel C, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P running Android Marshmallow or higher to access mobile data.
Once enabled Instant Tethering on one of your phone, you can access on any of your other phone or tab, if it is connected to the same Google account. Note that you do not need to worry about battery drain. The feature is developed by keeping battery life in mind. If you do not use your device to access mobile data from your host device 10 minutes or more, the hotspot will be automatically disconnected.
Check out the following guides to know how to use Instant Tethering to share mobile data automatically.
How to Setup Instant Tethering
1. Go to your phone’s Settings, scroll down to Personal and tap on Google.
2. Tap on the option ‘Instant Tethering’ and in the sext screen enable the option ‘Provide data connection’.
You are ready to share your phone’s internet. Make sure that you have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on.
How to get mobile data connection on your other phone
1. Head over to your phone’s Settings, scroll down to Personal and tap on Google.
2. Tap on ‘Instant Tethering’ and in the next screen, enable the option ‘Get data connection’.
You are now ready to accept internet connection from your other phone. Note that both of your devices should be connected to the same Google account.
How to tether your device via Wi-Fi hotspot
1. After enabling ‘Instant Tethering’, keep your other device closer to the phone with cellular data.
2. You should see a notification for Wi-Fi hotspot. Just tap on it and then tap on Connect.
[If you have multiple host phones, tap the phone you want to connect]
3. With some carriers when you tether for the first time, you will see a verification notification. Tap Continue.
4. On your phone, when you connect, you will get a notification saying “Sharing data connection”. The notification will stay as long as you are connected.
5. To disconnect, tap the notification. It disconnects automatically, if you do not use Instant Tethering for about 10 minutes. (Source – Google)