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How to Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10


By default, any user can turn your Windows 10 PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing the Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi. Users can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection. If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the mobile hotspot feature for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the mobile hotspot feature.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot using a REG file

EXAMPLE: Mobile Hotspot disabled
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Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, and Network Connections. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the right pane of Network Connections, double click/tap on the Prohibit use of Internet Connection Sharing on your DNS domain network policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Mobile Hotspot

A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Mobile Hotspot

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Mobile Hotspot using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Network Connections

NC_ShowSharedAccessUI DWORD

(delete) = Enable
0 = Disable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Mobile Hotspot

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Mobile_Hotspot_feature.reg

download


 3. To Disable Mobile Hotspot

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Mobile_Hotspot_feature.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn