How to: Create Wi-Fi Hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04

Ubuntu is a common Linux distribution which is used by folks who need a good desktop environment. Wi-Fi hotspot sometimes become a necessity; to share files or to use internet on some other device. This article discusses a way to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04. It’s the latest distribution which was made available a couple of months ago on Ubuntu’s Website. This guide also works on the older versions of Ubuntu, such as 18.04 and 16.04. Follow these steps and within minutes you’d have a working hotspot in the famous linux distribution.

It’s worth mentioning that in order to convert your laptop or Wi-Fi dongle into a hotspot; make sure there is a working lan internet provided to your laptop. Further, the Wi-Fi of the laptop shouldn’t be in use.

Four Steps to Create Wi-Fi hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04:

Luckily, in order to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Ubuntu like linux distribution; there is a fair process available. Any person who knows how to use a mouse can create hotspot. You need to click on the Network/Wi-Fi icon present in the top right corner of the task bar.

Wi-Fi and Networking setting menu in the Task Bar of Ubuntu

Follow these steps to create the Wi-Fi hotspot.

  1. First of all Turn On your Wi-Fi from the drop-down as shown in the image above.
  2. Click on the Wi-Fi Settings after you’ve turned on your Wi-Fi. The button is in the same System Menu.
  3. Select Wi-Fi from the left menu, click Menu Button (one with three horizontal lines near the switch button) present in the upper right corner of this new window.
  4. Click Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot through the options menu.

This would automatically create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Ubuntu. Unlike Windows; Ubuntu created hotspot with a default name and its own selected password. You can change those settings like Wi-Fi name or password in Ubuntu. In order to change these settings you’d need to edit the Hotspot Configuration File in Ubuntu.