After a successful upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04, the WiFi hotspot option became disabled and when I hover on it, it shows "System policy prohibits use as a Hotspot". I have tried changing the hotspot modes but the same problem persists.


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The button is also deactivated on my system after I upgrade from 19.10 to 20.04. And this is how I manage to enable my hotspot.

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  1. Click on Connect to Hidden Network

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  2. Select Hostpot for the connection field.

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  3. For me my hotspot network get automatically selected after that. And your finish by clicking on connect

  • @RKatana please accept the answer, this works as the best workaround
    – Sayan Dey
    Mar 21, 2021 at 14:49

Try switching to another settings tab and back to WiFi settings tab. That fixed it for me.

This has been reported on Launchpad as Bug #1883425 “Various bugs in network part of GNOME settings” : Bugs : gnome-control-center package : Ubuntu.


I started Terminal with Ctrl+Alt+T and ran:

sudo gnome-control-center
  • Does this solves the problem regarding hotspots?
    – VidathD
    Jul 1, 2020 at 14:09
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    At least it gives you full control. Now you can edit and start hotspot. ( in combination with nm-connection-editor ). But I do not think that this is a final solution for a setting I configured at first in a user context. It is all a bit confusing. I would call it a work-around. Jul 4, 2020 at 23:58
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    now the button is enabled and I can use the functionality properly, thanks
    – Souhaieb
    Aug 24, 2020 at 10:32

Click on any other tab in the settings and then return back to wifi section. You'll get it back.

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    This actually works. Strange.
    – Doc
    Dec 25, 2020 at 11:53

Not sure if other answers here are working or not but you might have to wait for the next release with the new network manager 1.22.10-1ubuntu3~build1 which has fixed the hotspot issue


I was able to solve the issue by referring Fix Wi-Fi Hotspot Not Working (Can not connect) in Ubuntu 18.04 | UbuntuHandbook

  1. Press Alt+F2 on keyboard to bring up 'Enter a Command' box, then input nm-connection-editor and hit Enter.

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  2. When the 'Network Connections' window pops up, click on the bottom-left plus button to create a new connection.

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  3. In next window, select Wi-Fi from the drop-down box.

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  4. After clicked the 'Create…' button, do following settings in next window.

    • Type connection name: whatever as you want (Ji-laptop in the case)
    • Type SSID: whatever as you want (ubuntu1804 in the case)
    • Select Mode: Hotspot
    • (Optional) Set password in Wi-Fi security tab. (WPA & WPA2 Personal in my case)

    Tip: you may disable ‘Automatically connect to this network when it is available’ in General tab, or Wi-Fi hotspot auto-enabled in every login. enter image description here

  5. Finally in Wi-Fi Settings window, do:

    • click the top-right menu and select Connect to Hidden Network
    • then choose connect to the previous created network.

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