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Google officially rolls out Instant tethering feature for Nougat-powered Android devices

But only for Pixel and Nexus devices for now
cjmagowan  —  2 years ago ( Feb 12, 2017 )    |    News

How good it is for our smart devices to share internet connections automatically as needed. Google introduced Instant tethering feature earlier this year through its Nougat powered devices namely the Pixel and the Pixel XL through a close-sourced beta, now that feature is officially available. Though it’s still available to Pixel and Nexus devices at the moment running Android 7.0 Nougat, it’s widely available and accessible to users that have these devices.

The new feature allows compatible Nougat powered devices to act as a host or as a primary source for internet connection. other devices such as tablets and smartphones running Android Marshmallow can be setup to automatically connect to the hotspot but can’t act as a host.

For this feature to work though, both devices must be running the same Google account and then activate these devices to allow Instant Tethering from the Settings > Google Menu:

For Host device: tap the”Provide data connection

For non-Host device: tap the”Provide data connection

After the setup, the non-host device can now automatically connect to the host device whenever it needs an internet connection. The good thing about this feature is that the user can forget about having to manually turn on tethering as our devices can now talk to themselves when the service is needed. Another cool feature it that the non-hosting device will automatically disconnect from the host when there is no activity after 10 minutes.