Hotspot not working on Pixel 8/Pro: How to Fix

In this guide, we will show you various methods to fix the issue of Hotspot not working on Pixel 8/Pro. The newest flagships from the Silicon Valley giants beholds a slew of intriguing AI features up their sleeves and major performance improvements in various domains over their predecessors, however, hotspot doesn’t seem to be one of them. The issues that had plagued the seventh iteration of its devices seem to have carried over to its eighth series as well.

Hotspot not working Pixel 8 Pro

However, this time around, for some, the issue seems to be slightly different. The issue of the Hotspot not working on Pixel 8/Pro is majorly affecting those users who have imported their device from outside, in other words, the hotspot is not working if used outside of the original country of purchase. But for the other set of users, it’s not working even in their own region of purchase. If you are also getting bugged by any of these issues, then this guide will help you rectify them.

Fix Hotspot not working on Pixel 8/Pro

Hotspot not working Pixel 8 Pro

It is recommended that you try out each of the below-mentioned workarounds and then see which one spells out success. So with that in mind, let’s get started.

FIX 1: Official Workaround

At the time of writing, Google is aware of this issue and is working on a fix. In the meantime, it has suggested a workaround that will help you resolve this issue [at least temporarily]. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Turn on airplane mode from the Quick Settings.
  2. Then restart your device and enable the hotspot.
  3. Now turn off Airplane Mode and verify the result.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro

FIX 2: Enable Extended Compatibility

Next up, you should consider enabling the Extended Compatibility feature which makes it easier for nearby devices to find your device and thereby connect to it. Here’s how it could be done:

  1. Head over to Settings > Network and Internet > Hotspot and tethering.
  2. Then go to WiFi Hotspot and enable the toggle next to Extended Compatibility.
  3. Now check if it fixes the Hotspot not working issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro

FIX 3: Boot to Safe Mode

In some instances, a third-party app or service might also conflict with the device’s network-sharing capabilities. Therefore, you should consider disabling all these third-party apps by booting your device to Safe Mode and then check out the results. Here’s how it could be done:

  1. Long press the Power button to bring up the Power menu.
  2. Then long tap on Restart. It will bring up a Safe Mode pop-up, tap OK.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro
  3. Now check if the Pixel 8/Pro Hotspot is working in this mode or not.
  4. If it is working, then reboot your device to normal mode.
  5. Then uninstall each of the recently installed apps, one at a time, until the issue gets rectified.

FIX 4: Change Hotspot Security

By default, the Hotspot is automatically assigned the WPA2-Personal security which in some instances, might cause an issue or two, especially with older Android devices. Therefore, consider switching over to another security measure and then check out the results. Here’s how:

  1. Head over to Settings > Network and Internet > Hotspot and tethering.
  2. Then go to WiFi Hotspot and select Security.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro
  3. Now select any other security type from the list.
  4. Check if it fixes the Hotspot not working issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 5: Delete APN

If the APN Data gets corrupted, then it might create an issue or two with the carrier data and services related to it, including Hotspot. Therefore, you should consider deleting this data and then let your device repopulate the data from scratch. Here’s how it could be done:

  1. To begin with, head over to Settings > Network and Internet > SIMs.
  2. Then select your SIM from the list and go to Access Point Names.
  3. Now select your current APN, tap on the overflow icon situated at the top right, and select Delete APN.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro
  4. Then restart your device and the APN profile will be re-populated by the carrier.
  5. Check if it fixes the Hotspot not working issue on your Pixel 8 Pro.

FIX 6: Reset Network

If none of the aforementioned methods worked out in your favor, then your last course of action should be to reset the network settings on your device back to its factory default state. Do keep in mind that doing so will erase all the saved WiFi passwords and paired devices. So sync the passwords with your Google account beforehand.

  1. Head over to Settings > System > Reset Options.
  2. Then go to Reset mobile network settings.Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro
  3. Finally, tap on Reset Settings and wait for the process to complete.
  4. Check if it fixes the underlying hotspot issue on your Pixel device.

That’s it. These were the six different methods that should help you fix the issue of the Hotspot not working on Pixel 8 Pro. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.


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