Can you imagine I wasn’t able to browse on my computer for 2 days via my Android phone’s shared Internet connection(WiFi Hotspot). Well, it might sound funny but it actually got me really busy for no just reason.
Here’s the thing.
I gave some friends access to my Android phone to use and also share my Internet connection to their own computers and smartphones via the WiFi hotspot. Well, because they could open the device or had admin rights, a lot happened.
If you are having issues with your windows computer not being able to find or connect to your smartphone mobile hotspot, then this post will be of great help to you.
Below, I will be listing some potential reasons why your good computer is not connecting to your WiFi hotspot or just can’t find it in the list of available WiFi networks.
How To Fix WiFi Connection Errors On A Windows Computer
- Make sure your WiFi Hotspot is not limited to 1 connection
Our Android smartphone has a feature to limit the number of active connections sharing your Internet. You could set it to a max of 1, 2, 3, 4 or even more depending on your smartphone capability.
If the limit is set to 1 and you have another device connected, your computer might find your hotspot but will not be able to connect. You will see errors like Windows was unable to connect…
To fix that, go to your device WiFi setup and set the the number of connections to more than the one already connected.
If your hotspot security is set to none(without password), there’s a possiblity that someone else might have connected to the open network. Check the list of connected devices and kick the intruder out. Don’t forget to secure your wifi hotspot too.
- Check if the password you entered is correct
Like most people who use their smartphone hotspot alot, there’s a possibility that the previous password has been manually changed or an app like Xender altered it.
Once you have previously connected to the hotspot successfully but can’t reconnect again, then something isn’t right. Your computer isn’t lying!
All you need to do is to open your phone’s hotspot settings and check the saved password. There’s an icon to click so you can view the password that’s saved.
So, what’s next?
If your computer asks for the password, you should enter the correct one. But if it doesn’t, maybe you set it to save and auto-reconnect, then here’s what to do if you are using a windows computer.
You can forget the wireless network or edit the properties.
- Click the Network icon on the lower right corner of your screen.
- Click Network settings.
- Click Manage Wi-Fi settings.
- Under Manage known networks, click the network you want to delete.
- Click Forget. The wireless network profile is deleted.
Another trick is to change the name of the wifi hotspot and then refresh your wireless connections to search again. Once the password is requested, enter the new one.
- Check if the WiFi hotspot band is set to a compatible one
This was actually what was altered in my device and I didn’t notice it until a later period. Like mobile network, your WiFi has bands. It could be a band 2.5Ghz or 5Ghz.
To understand how it works, here’s is a fast way to know those WiFi bands mean. The 2.4/5Ghz or 5Ghz are simply the frequency bands a Wi-Fi router can transmit.
The two major differences between these values of frequency available in Wi-Fi routers is speed and range. You can check out this post on Quora to better understand the difference between those two WiFi frequencies/bands.
The former is supported by a whole lot of devices while the later is only supported by a very few number of devices/electronics.
My computer doesn’t support the 5Ghz band but my phone was set to transmit on that band. So, no mater how many time I restarted my PC and phone, my PC couldn’t find my WiFi hotspot.
So, I had to take my time to do a detailed check because everything wouldn’t just stop all of a sudden. Well, it worked finally.
To check if your WiFi band is set to a normal frequency, go to your device’s settings menu, locate the WiFi and open the option to setup the hotspot. You should find an option to set your preferred band. Change it and re-enable the hotspot.
- Your computer might be in Flight mode/Wireless connections are turned off
Most computers have a hardware key to enable wireless connections while other newer models have the key on the physical keyboard.
You need to make sure the wireless network services are turned on before trying to connect to a hotspot. On older PCs, the toggle for wireless connection can be found on the side while other newer PCs have a button on the keyboard to switch on the wireless service or put the computer in offline mode.
- Check if your PC has wireless connectivity drivers installed
Most times, you might keep struggling to fix wireless network connections on your PC without success. Sometimes, you just need to install wireless connectivity drivers or maybe update it.
If you find the drivers not working, after trying other troubleshooting, you might check your computer’s device manager to know if you would have to install or update your wireless drivers.
Since you can’t connect to a wireless network without the wireless drivers, you can still connect/share your Android phone’s Internet connection to the PC.
- Don’t go too far from away from your PC
Your connection is wireless, but that doesn’t mean you can leave your hotspot your school library and still access it at home. If you your PC can’t find our wifi hotspot, most times, you just need to bring it close enough to the PC.
- Your Wireless network might be connected but there’s no Internet connection
Your computer can connect to any compatible wireless network but it won’t browse if there’s no Internet connection. Most times, this could be the reason you still get the errors while you try to browse the Internet.
To fix this, check the network connection area on your PC to see if it says, no Internet connection or you can also check if your mobile data is also on and if you even have a data plan too.
So, this are the most common reasons why your PC isn’t able to connect or find a wifi hotspot even when everything seems right.
I hope this could solve a problem related to PC not connecting to a wireless network.