How to fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot on Windows 10 2021

We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot

These days, Internet connection has become one of the key and basic necessities for human beings. A mobile hotspot feature is a technology that allows you to share your internet connection (mobile data, broadband, or Wi-Fi) with other devices through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. 

The good news is windows 10 has included a built-in mobile hotspot feature in 2019 that lets its users share their internet connection on their desktop or laptop with up to eight other devices.

Since it is a very beneficial and extremely easy to use feature, you need to set up mobile hotspot from settings. However, it may sometimes refuse to be turn on and show We cant set up mobile hotspot message on your Windows 10 PC.

There are several reasons which can lead to We cant set up mobile hotspot error message in trying to set up a mobile hotspot. We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot

In this article, we will walk you through possible 5 solutions to We cant set up mobile hotspot error message.

Let us get started.

Before you start trying to fix the we cant set up mobile hotspot error, you need to do the following first:

  • Check whether your internet connection is working properly or not.

  • Check whether the problem is from your windows 10 PC hotspot setting or in the device you are trying to connect to. You can check this with some other device.

But if you can’t turn on the mobile hotspot and you keep seeing a message we cant set up mobile hotspot on your Windows 10 PC, you have come to the right place and this article is for you.

Method 1: Fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot by Enabling Virtual Adapters in the Device Manager

Follow the steps shown below to enable all virtual adapters in the device manager:

1.      Press Windows key + R to open Run box. Then, type devmgmt.msc and click Ok.

Or
Press the Windows key + X together on your keyboard and click on the Device Manager in the context menu.

2.     Click on the View tab and click on Show hidden devices.

Enable Virtual Adapters in The Device Manager

3.      In the Device Manager window, scroll down Expand the Network Adapters group of devices.

4.     Under the Network Adapters group of devices, identify those devices that are disabled. A disabled network adapter shows an arrow button over its icon.

5.     If there is disabled device, you need to enable it by right clicking on it and selecting Enable device from the context menu. In particular, look for disabled Virtual Adapters (Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter, Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter #2) among group of devices under Network Adapters and enable all of them. 

Enable Virtual Adapters in The Device Manager

Turn on the Share my internet connection with other devices and you should fix we can’t set up mobile hotspot error. Even if you’ve enabled all devices under Network adapters and still cannot fix the issue, then you need to examine your device drivers. 
If the virtual adapter device’s driver has recently been updated, roll back the driver to its previous version and update drivers from the device manufacturer.

Note:  Virtual Adapter is a device driver that allows you to share your internet connection with other devices. If it is disabled, uninstalled, or doesn’t work correctly, you will not be able to set up mobile hotspot in your windows 10 PC.

If you have created a mobile hotspot on your Windows 10 PC before, then the solution presented above can fix the "we can’t set up mobile hotspot" issue.
However, if you have never ever set up a mobile hotspot before, it is possible that there is some other reason and you need to move to method 2.

Method 2: Fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot by Updating network drivers

It is recommended to update outdated drivers as often as possible as they create problems in the functionality.  Hence, if you are facing the "we can’t set up mobile hotspot" issue in setting up your mobile hotspot, you may need to update network adapter drivers.

To update outdated network drivers, you need to follow the steps shown below:
1.      Press Windows key + R to open Run box. Then, type devmgmt.msc and click Ok.
Or
Press the Windows key + X together on your keyboard and click on the Device Manager in the context menu.
2.     Scroll down and expand Network adapters.
3.     Among the list of devices under Network adapters, select your Network Adapter.
4.    Right-click on each Virtual Adapters (Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter, Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter #2, and so on) and click on Update driver in the context menu.

Update the network drivers

5.      Click on Search automatically for updated driver software and it will start searching for the latest driver on the internet. If the device driver is outdated, it will be updated to its latest version.

Search automatically for updated driver software

6.      Repeat the same process for all network adapters.

Method 3: Fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot by Running Network Adapter Troubleshooter

     Windows 10 PC provided troubleshooters to fix all your issues. One of these troubleshooters is a network troubleshooter which helps you solve problems related to your network. Follow the steps shown below to solve the ‘we can’t set up mobile hotspot’ issue using network troubleshooter.

      1.       Click Start and type Troubleshoot in the Search bar.
2.      Open on the top result which is Troubleshoot settings.

How to open Troubleshoot settings

3.      On the right pane, scroll down and select Network Adapter and click Run the Troubleshooter.

Run the Troubleshooter in Windows 10

4.       Wait until the troubleshooter detects possible problems and fix the "we can’t set up mobile hotspot" issue.

Method 4: Fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot by Changing Adapter Settings

     Another possible fix for ‘we can’t set up mobile hotspot’ issue is, unchecking "Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection" in the adapter settings. Follow the steps shown below to uncheck "Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection".

1.       Click Start menu and then press Settings.

      Or Press the Windows key + I on your keyboard at the same time to open Windows Settings.

2.      Locate and Click Network & Internet.

Network & Internet

3.      On the left pane, scroll down and select Mobile Hotspot.

4.      On the right pane, click ‘Related Settings’.

5.      Click on Change adapter options.

6.      Identify your mobile hotspot adapter, right-click on it and click Properties.

7.      Click Sharing tab.

8.     Under Internet connection Sharing, uncheck “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” option.

9.      Finally, Click Ok.

Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection

Method 5: Fix We Cant Set Up Mobile Hotspot by Changing Registry settings

Caution: Editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended that you make a full backup of your computer before starting to make any changes on the registry editor settings.

1.       Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard at the same time to open the Run box.

2.      Type regedit on the run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry.

regedit on the run dialog box

3.      Open the following registry key path:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WlanSvc\Parameters\HostedNetworkSettings\
4.      On the right pane, right-click on HostedNetworkSettings and click Delete.


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