How To Fix Mobile Hotspot Connected but No Internet on Android

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Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on July 3, 2023 by Larious

WiFi is an excellent connectivity feature to spread the internet amongst the device. Over the past few years, WiFi remained the best option for sharing the internet between devices.

However, WiFi is an internet-connected device, and it’s prone to connectivity problems. WiFi problems often decline users from connecting to the internet.

Many Android users have recently messaged us and asked about Hotspot (Android) connected, but there is no internet access problem.

Hotspot connected but no internet could be the most frustrating thing in life. Some users have reported getting a ‘Limited or no internet access‘ issue while connecting to the Mobile Hotspot.

Best Ways to Fix Mobile Hotspot Connected but No Internet on Android

So, if you have also stepped into the same problem, then it’s time to explore the methods to fix the issue. In this article, we will share a few best practices to help you fix Mobile Hotspot connected but no internet on Android.

1. Restart Both Devices

A simple restart can fix most of the problems, including the Mobile Hotspot connected but no internet. In this method, you need to restart both devices – the one sharing the internet and the one connecting to the Hotspot.

Once restarted, make the connection, and you won’t get the error anymore. Also, check whether the internet device is working on the sharing device. If it’s not working, you must contact the telecom operator.

2. Turn Off/On The Mobile Data

Turn Off/On The Mobile Data

By default, Android prioritizes WiFi over mobile data. So, if the other devices are connected to the WiFi network, remove them.

Once removed, make the connection. If it doesn’t help, then turn off/on the mobile data and then enable the mobile Hotspot. This will eventually fix the problem.

3. Check the Max Connection Allowed (Device)

Check the Max Connection Allowed

If you are connected to the mobile Hotspot but cannot access the internet, you must check the maximum connection allowed option. By default, Android allows connecting eight devices. So, if you are the 9th one to connect to the Mobile Hotspot, you won’t be able to use the internet.

So, check the maximum allowed device on the sharing device. To check the max connection, head to the ‘Wireless & Networks’ > Tethering & Portable Hotspot > Portable WiFi hotspot > Configure Hotspot > Max connections allowed.

4. Check the Time & Date Settings

Incorrect time & date settings generally cause lots of internet-related problems. Many users have claimed to resolve connected to hotspot but no internet issue just by correcting their smartphone’s date & time settings. Here’s how to correct the time & date settings on Android.

1. Open the Settings app on your Android smartphone.

2. Scroll down and tap on the System.

System settings

3. On the System Settings, tap on Date & Time.

Date & time

4. On the Date & Time screen, turn on the Set time automatically toggle.

Set time automatically

That’s it! This will immediately correct the Date & time of your smartphone. Once done, restart your phone and connect to the Hotspot again.

5. Forget and Reconnect to the WiFi network

One of the first things you should do to resolve the issue is to forget and reconnect to the WiFi network.

Forgetting and reconnecting to the WiFi network will possibly provide a new local IP address which may fix the issue. To forget a wifi network on Android, follow the steps shared below:

Forget network

  • Open Android’s app drawer and select Settings.
  • On Settings, tap on the WiFi option.
  • Now select the problematic WiFi network and tap on Forget.
  • Once done, connect with the WiFi network again.

That’s it! This should fix the connected to hotspot but no internet issue on Android.

6. Fix the APN settings

Invalid access point name settings also trigger such problems. Before making the connection, the APN needs to be matched (mobile internet & tethered mobile internet). So, check the access point name settings of the device whose internet you want to be shared.

To check the APN settings, head to Settings > Connections > APN. You need to check the details of the two APNs; they should match. Once done, restart the device and turn on the Hotspot.

7. Clear The System Cache

This type of issue often occurs due to a corrupted system cache. So if all of the above-listed methods fail to fix the problem, you must clear the System cache.

However, clearing the system cache could be a complicated process. You need to follow the steps given below carefully.

Clear The System Cache

  • Turn off your smartphone.
  • Now hold the Power + Volume down key simultaneously
  • Your phone will reboot within a few seconds.
  • It will take you to the recovery mode.
  • You must use the volume up + volume down button to navigate the Wipe cache option.
  • Use the power button to choose the option and clear the cache.
  • Once done, select the reboot option from the recovery window.

So, these are the five best methods to fix Mobile Hotspot connected but no internet problem. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also.


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