There is a new update rolling out to owners of Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 as well as Nexus 5X and with it, one will be able to host and automatically share internet connections with supported devices that have been signed in using the same Google account.
Instant Tethering is the name of the feature and with it, Google Pixel and Nexus phones and tablets share internet as long as they are using the same Google profile. The search engine giant has been testing this feature for quite some time now and finally, it is reportedly rolling out via the latest Google Play Services update.
Although not confirmed, reports claim that an update to Google Play Services version 10.2 will get you Instant Tethering on your Google Pixel XL or Nexus 6P smartphone. With this feature, those who own more than one Android device and all of them use the same Google account will enjoy it. The devices that have LTE or rather cellular data connectivity will be used as Wi-Fi hotspots by those that have no cellular data connectivity. So long as they are all signed in to one Google account, the connection will be established instantly without the need of you doing it manually.
If you own a smartphone and Android tablet, there is no doubt that this Instant Tethering feature will interest you, especially if your tablet has no cellular connectivity. Here, the tablet will establish an instant connection with your smartphone and use the same data as your phone. You will be able to see the amount of battery remaining on your phone via the connected tablet, which is a cool addition as you may probably be paying little attention to the phone when using the tablet. Furthermore, Google says that the feature will not establish a connection whenever it determines that the battery juice is low.
Some users of the Google Pixel and Nexus devices have already confirmed that Instant Tethering is already live, but since Google has just started rolling out the feature, it might take days before every Google Pixel, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6 users can actually see and use it. To check it out, head to your phone’s Settings>Google>Instant Tethering menu and apparently, Google has enabled it by default on all compatible devices.
Keep in mind that the host can only be a Google Pixel phone or any of these three – Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 6 or Nexus 5X. As for the receiver, any Google device that is running Android 6.0 and above and signed in using the same Google account will accept the connection.