How to Fix PC Not Connecting to Hotspot? (10 Methods)

By Dominic Chooper on March 21, 2023

One of the easiest ways to connect to the internet on the go is by using a mobile hotspot. However, sometimes, you might encounter a problem where your PC is not connecting to the hotspot.

This issue can be frustrating, especially if you need to get online urgently. In this guide, we will walk you through some of the common causes of this problem and provide you with practical solutions to fix it.


Why Won’t Your Computer Connect to Hotspot?

You may experience some problems connecting your PC through a hotspot sometimes, mostly due to issues with the internet and mobile network settings. It may also be the result of outdated or faulty drivers installed in your computer system.

Apart from the above reason, there are also a few other smaller and more significant reasons why users might face this issue. These are:

And now that you know the cause for the problem, it will enable you to fix the issue quickly by using one or a combination of a few solutions mentioned below.

How to Fix a PC Not Connecting to Hotspot?

How to Fix PC Not Connecting to Hotspot

Apart from general troubleshooting, changing the name of the hotspot network or trying a new connection instead of the existing one can resolve the issue since it will get rid of the errors in authentication, if any.

Sometimes, even turning the antivirus and firewalls off temporarily may solve your problem.

In addition to the above, here are some checks to make and easy fixes to rectify the errors:

If none of these solutions can fix the issue, then the following solutions surely will.

Method 1: Troubleshoot Network Adapter

If there is any issue with the network adapter, you may not be able to connect to Hotspot on your PC. One of the simplest and quickest ways to detect and fix this issue is by troubleshooting the adapter.

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Select and click Settings

Select Update & Security from the options

Go to Troubleshoot

click on Network Adapter

All network adapters

Wait until the system has finished detecting the issue. If there is any issue, it will inform you and fix it, and if there is not, it will display a window like this:

Wait until the system has finished detecting the issue

Close the window in either of the two ways. You may restart the PC and your hotspot should work now.

Method 2: Tweak Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi Sharing Settings

There may be some issues in the setting of the mobile hotspot that is preventing it from being connected to your PC. Needless to say, making changes to it will resolve the issue.


Type control panel

Network and Sharing Center

Change adapter settings

This will take you to a new window like this:

Network connections

Check whether you have Local Area Connection* 2 or anything similar. If you do not, you will have to follow these additional steps:

Type cmd in the box

On the Command Prompt, type in the command netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=mywifiname key=mypassword

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=mywifiname key=mypassword

Then you should enter the command netsh wlan start hostednetwork.

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Now, the local area connection will show up. In order to share the internet connection, you will need to right-click on the Wi-Fi and select Properties.

right-click on the Wi-Fi and select Properties

go to the Sharing tab

Now, the internet will be connected and shared. You may restart your PC, and then you will be able to use hotspots on your system.

Method 3: Making Adjustments in the Registry Editor

If the above methods failed to resolve the issue, there may be some adjustments that need to be made in the Registry Editor. So, make the necessary changes.


select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder

Under this folder, you will find a lot of folder options to choose from. Here, you will need to look for the WlanSvc folder. You may type WLAN on your keyboard to find it quickly from the long list of folders.

HostedNetworkSettings folder

Confirm Value Delete

You will also need to make some changes with the software in the Registry Editor in the following way.

As you did above, find and click o the arrow beside the following folders, after scrolling up and down to find them:

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Once you have reached this point after expanding all of these folders, right-click on the blank space in the area on the right side.

Click on DWORD

New Value # 1


Enter the value 1 in the box under Value data

services app

Internet Connection Sharing

set the Startup type to Automatic from Manual

You should also do the same for Windows Mobile Hotspot Service and turn it on.

Now close all windows and whatever else is open. Restart your computer, and you will surely find the issues resolved.

Method 4: Update Drivers

The drivers of the network adapter, both virtual and otherwise, may be outdated and therefore cause the issue. Therefore, make sure that these are all updated. If they are not, follow these steps to ensure that.


Type Device Manager in the box

Show hidden devices

Look for Network adapters

select Search automatically for drivers

Repeat the same steps for anything you see with the words Virtual Adapter.

Virtual Adapter

The system will do the rest automatically to update the driver. Restart the system, and you will be able to connect the hotspot to your PC.

Method 5: Update the Operating System

Just as the drivers can, outdated operating systems may also cause issues while using hotspots. Therefore, updating the operating system is another effective way to resolve the issue.


Windows Update option selected

If your Windows is not updated, you will get info and links to update it. Follow the instructions to make your system up to date.

Method 6: Toggle Bluetooth and Mobile Hotspot Off and On

Sometimes, if the Bluetooth is on, it may create issues in connecting with mobile hotspot. In that case, you will simply need to toggle the switch off and then on.


Select Devices

Bluetooth and other devices

Network & Internet

Select Mobile hotspot from the left panel

Check to see whether or not the problem has been resolved.

Method 7: Network Reset

There may be some issues in other network settings that are creating the problem, but you may not be able to deduce it. The best option is to reset the network and have your issue fixed.


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Network reset under Advanced network settings

In some operating systems, you may have to follow these steps for the same:

click on the Reset now

In both approaches, you will eventually have to restart your PC and your problem with hotspot will be resolved.

Method 8: Perform a Clean Boot

In your PC, there may be one or a lot of third-party software programs installed. These often interfere with the hotspot.

In such a situation, you will have to perform a clean boot. This will keep only the essential services in your PC running and remove the non-essential services that may be interfering with the normal operation of the device.


Run app


System Configuration window

Click on the box next to ‘Hide all Microsoft services.

Open Task Manager option

Disable startup services

Once done, restart the system and see whether or not the mobile hotspot is connecting and working properly. If it is, then re-enable each of the services at a time until you encounter the same issue again and leave the rest.

Steps to Fix PC Not Connecting to Hotspot in Phone

There may be a few settings on your mobile phone itself that are causing the hotspot to remain unrecognized. Fixing them will also resolve the issue.

Method 9: Changing Access Point Band

Usually, there are two Access Point Bands available on the phones. If the APB is set to a higher frequency, that may cause the problem with the hotspot.

Therefore, set it to a lower frequency. The options to reset the APB frequency may however vary slightly depending on the model of the phone, but usually the steps are as follows.


Open the Settings of your phone

Go to Network and Internet

Click on Hotspot and Tethering

Look for the Dual-band AP connection setting

Scroll down to AP Band and set it to 2.4 GHz if it is set to 5 GHz

Method 10: Reset Out-of-Box Configuration

The Out-of-Box Configuration or OOB configuration may also cause the problem. Changing it back to the factory settings may prove effective in such a case.


Scroll down in the Wi-Fi hotspot window and select ‘Reset OOB.’

Click on the Reset OOB button on the next window


So, as it is evident from this article, there are quite a few useful and effective solutions available to diagnose the causes of the problem as well as fix the issue of a PC not connecting to a hotspot.

No matter which solution or solutions you try, just make sure you restart your PC always to check for updates before it.