A couple of weeks ago a new feature called Instant Tethering was spotted online. Now that new feature is officially available for Android Nougat users, specifically for Pixel and some Nexus devices.

Google has started rolling out this feature for Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P users who are running Android 7.1.1. But that’s not the end of requirements, even the receiving device has to be a PixelPixel XLNexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6PPixel C, or Nexus 9 running on Android 6.0 and latest.

To use this feature users need to go to Settings->Google-> Instant Tethering. On Taping ‘Provide data connection’ will initiate the host device, and tapping ‘Get data connection’ prepares the receiving device. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must remain ON throughout the process.

You can automatically share a cellular data connection between certain Pixel and Nexus devices via Wi-Fi when they’re signed into the same Google Account. Instant Tethering feature also comes with an auto shutdown function which will automatically switch off the tethering after 10 minutes of the inactive state. As of now, this feature is available only for some selected smartphones, it’s still unclear that whether Google is planning to extend this to other smartphones in the coming days.

On the other hand, iOS and Mac users have been Instant Tethering for years now. So, do let us know if ‘Instant Tethering’ feature seems to be useful to you?



By Srivatsa Ramesh

Fell in love with Android OS from the day I bought my first Smartphone in 2013. A budding Android Developer. Love to write about Android, Tech, and Smartphones. Technology enthusiast addicted to my smartphone, I love clicking photos with my smartphone, traveling and listening to music. Currently using a OnePlus 6T and Ticwatch S.

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