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A Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN) is another way to share Internet connectivity between devices wirelessly. You can use this feature to connect your computer to a PC or phone’s hotspot through Bluetooth instead of using Wi-Fi.

To use BTPAN, you will need a Bluetooth adapter on your computer, and another device that has Bluetooth and supports hotspot functionality. Here's how:

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices, and ensure the devices are paired to each other. For more, see Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows.

  2. On the other device, activate the hotspot and set it to share over Bluetooth.

  3. Back on your PC, right-click (or long-press) Start , then select Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Devices and find your phone or other PC that you just paired with in the list.

  4. On the right side, select More Options > Join Personal Area Network (PAN).

    Joining a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN).

  5. You may need to select the connection mode, then select Connect in the dialog that appears.

  6. You will see the status of the connection on the Devices page. You can disconnect by selecting More Options again, then select Disconnect PAN.

    Disconnecting from a Bluetooth Personal Area Network (BTPAN).

Related topics

Pair a Bluetooth device in Windows

Use your Windows PC as a mobile hotspot

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