Many of you may be unaware of the Chromebook’s instant tethering feature (as I was). What this feature does, once set up with your Android phone, is this. If you lose your Wi-Fi connection, your Chromebook will automatically connect by default to your Android phone. Once connected, the Chromebook uses your phone’s data connection for internet access (similar to setting up a hotspot, but without the hassle).
What I found interesting about this is that with my current cell service plan I never used the phone as a hotspot, because I would have to pay extra for the hotspot service (plus the phone I own does not meet their hotspot requirements). But now, by using the Chromebook’s instant tethering feature, I have found it to be a workaround to the hotspot compatibility requirements I have had with my service provider. I have successfully been able to connect to the internet using my phone’s data and the instant tethering feature on my Chromebook. As a matter of fact, in the area I experimented with this at, is an area where I use a cell phone booster to pull in my cell service and I was very surprised (and excited) on how well the instant tethering feature worked. I do believe the reason this works for me, without the service provider knowing any better, is that the instant tethering feature uses the Chromebook’s bluetooth feature to make the connection to the phone (but, I am not sure on that and can’t find any information to support my thinking).
If you want to learn more on how to set up the instant tethering feature on your Chromebook and Android phone, CLICK HERE for the steps and compatibility requirements.