Windows 10 comes equipped with a Mobile Hotspot feature that allows users to share internet with other devices over Wi-Fi. And although the feature works just fine, there is an issue that has some users complaining. When there are no devices connected to it for about five or more minutes, it will automatically turn off. This article will help you understand why Mobile Hotspot keeps turning off and also provide tips to stop Mobile Hotspot from turning off in Windows 10.
Why Mobile Hotspot Keeps Turning Off
The main reason that Mobile Hotspot keeps turning off is to save power. There are many inbuilt power saving features on Windows 10, and sometimes, in a bid to increase battery life, they can become disruptive as happens with the Mobile Hotspot feature and the Wi-Fi adapter.
How to Stop Mobile Hotspot from Turning off in Windows 10
Below are several solutions that will help solve the issue of the Mobile Hotspot feature turning off while you least expect it to. But before you try them, you should consider cleaning your computer with a PC repair tool such as Outbyte PC Repair. This repair tool will scan your system for errors, such as missing registry entries, outdated software, junk files, and make all the necessary repairs. Cleaning your computer this way will boost its performance and make it easier to troubleshoot issues such as “mobile hotspot keeps turning off.”
1. Turn Off the Power Saving Feature
Before you pursue this solution, be warned that turning off the power saving feature will negatively impact your computer’s battery life.
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Here is how to turn off the power saving feature:
- Navigate to Settings > Network & Internet.
- Click Mobile Hotspot.
- Click the Share my Internet connection with other devices option.
- Toggle off the When no devices are connected, automatically turn off mobile hotspot option.
If you make this choice, it means that if when there are no devices connected to Mobile Hotspot, it will always be on.
2. Use the PowerShell Command
To open PowerShell on Windows 10, take the following steps:
- On the Start menu, open All apps and navigate to Windows PowerShell.
- Run the application with administrator-level privileges.
- Execute the following command: powershell -windowstyle hidden -command “Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList ‘/s,/c,net stop “icssvc” & REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\icssvc\Settings” /V PeerlessTimeoutEnabled /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F & net start “icssvc”‘ -Verb runAs”.
This is what the script will do on your computer:
- Stops Mobile Hotspot Service (icssvc)
- Navigates to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\icssvc\Settings
- Creates a DWORD Key PeerlessTimeoutEnabled with value 0
- Restarts the Mobile Hotspot Service (icssvc)
After running the script, your Mobile Hotspot feature will no longer turn off by itself.
If you want to keep the power saving options on, but still have the Mobile Hotspot feature turned on when there is no data or internet, then you can choose to increase the time period for when a cellular connection is unavailable. This can be done by modifying a Registry setting. The following are the steps to take:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Services\ICSSVC\Settings\PublicConnectionTimeout.
- Set the value between 1-60
- Exit and restart.
4. Change the Mobile Hotspot Idle Timeout Settings
Apart from increasing the time period for when an internet connection is not available, you can also change the default idle timeout of the Mobile Hotspot feature from 5 to a maximum of 120 minutes. This will come handy, especially if you use your phone or any of the other devices sharing the internet away from the computer for more than five minutes.
Here is how to change the Mobile Hotspot idle timeout settings:
- Open the Registry Editor.
- Go to HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Services\ICSSVC\Settings\PeerlessTimeout
- Set the value to anywhere between 1 and 120.
- Exit and restart your computer.
Check if the issue has been resolved.
5. Disable the Wi-Fi & Network Adapter Power Management Options
On battery power-dependent devices like laptops, Windows 10 prioritizes the turning off features that are not used for too long as happens with the Wi-Fi adapter and network devices. You can tweak the Power Management settings so that the Mobile Hotspot and the Wi-Fi Adapter are never turned off even when idle. The following are the steps to take:
- Type “device manager” into the Windows search box.
- On the Device Manager app, click to expand the devices list.
- Scroll to locate the Wi-Fi adapter and go to the Power Management tab.
- Turn off everything that is associated with power saving.
Check if the issue has been resolved.
In conclusion, the surest way to stop Mobile Hotspot from turning off in Windows 10 is by toggling off power management options on your Windows 10 device. Alternatively, you can choose to increase the default Mobile Hotspot idle time settings from anywhere between 5 minutes to 120. If you want to have the feature on even when there are no networks available, make changes on your Registry setting. By default, the timeout period should be 20 minutes. Change it to any value between the default and 120 minutes.
If you know of any other solutions to the “Mobile Hotspot keeps turning off” issue on Windows 10, feel free to share in the comment section below.