How to Create a Wi-Fi Hotspot with Android Support on Ubuntu Desktop

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Have a wired connection on your Ubuntu desktop and want to share this network to other devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot like you’ll do on your Windows 10 but do not know your way around? Let me guide you.

First you’ll need to turn off your Wi-Fi. All Settings => Network => Wireless

Turn Off Ubuntu-Wi-Fi

Next locate and click on “Edit Connections” in the Connections tab in the top right corner of the screen.

Ubuntu Edit Connections

In the Edit Connections menu, click on “Add

Ubuntu Add Connection

For the “Connection Type” choose “Wi-Fi” and click “Create“.

In the Window that comes up,

  1. Fill-in the Connection Name (identification on your desktop) and SSID (Name of the Wi-Fi Hotspot) with whatever you like.
  2. To prevent the Hotspot from turning on after restart or wake from sleep, switch to “General” tab and un-check “Automatically connect to this network when it is available”
  3. Change the “Mode” to “Hotspot
    Ubuntu Wi-Fi Info
  4. Switch to “IPV4 Settings” tab, and make sure Method is set to “Shared to other computers
    Ubuntu Hotspot IPV4
  5. Optionally, if you want to password-protect the connection which is the case most times, switch to “Wi-Fi Security” tab and select WPA & WPA2 Personal then enter your preferred password.
    Ubuntu Wi-Fi Hotspot Security
  6. Finally, hit Save

Now, go back to our first action and Re-Enable Wi-Fi. Also go back to the connection tab on the top right corner of the screen. This time , click on “Connect to Hidden Wi-Fi Network“.

Ubuntu Connect Hidden

In the window that comes up, select the network we created earlier, and click “Connect

Ubuntu Connect Hotspot

If you check your “All Settings => Networks” screen now, you should see that the Hotspot is active.

Ubuntu Hotspot

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