First of all, lets see what tethering is all about before revealing how to tether your android phone. From the Internet connection point of view, tethering or to tether means the connection between a personal computer popularly known as PC and a smartphone (in this case, an android device) for the sole purpose of getting wireless internet access for the computer.
Instead of buying a wifi router for your computer or other devices that makes use of internet connection, use your android device to connect them to the internet by learning how to tether your android mobile device. In this article, we will be showing you the different ways in which you can access the internet with your PC by making a connection with your android and computer system.
There are different ways to do the tethering, it all depends on you to choose the method that is most convenient for you. The methods of tethering your Android phone to other Devices for sharing internet connection are USB tethering, Wi-Fi tethering, Bluetooth tethering, Reverse Tethering, and Third-Party Tethering Apps.
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How to Tether your Android phone to other Devices for internet connection
Before heading straight to the steps that shows how to tether your android mobile phone to other devices for internet connection, lets briefly summarize each method of android tethering.
- USB tethering: This method requires the use of a USB cable to connect the phone and the device you want to share your internet with. The internet connection here is very fast and Your Android device draws power from the computer, so the phone battery will not be tampered with during the tethering.
- Wi-Fi tethering: This method consumes your phone battery because it is used as Wi-Fi hotspot your computer or other devices connect to. The internet connection with this method is quite fast and your phone can share its internet connection to more than one devices.
- Bluetooth Tethering: Bt tethering is battery consuming and the internet connection with this method is slow. One device can only be tethered at once With this network sharing.
- Reverse Tethering: from its name “Reverse,” the connection is in the opposite direction. This is the connection done between the computer and the phone where the internet connection of the computer is shared with the android phone. This method of internet sharing is done where there is a wired Ethernet connections and no Wi-Fi presence.
Now that you are familiar with the different tethering methods, let me show you how the connections are being made.
==> Connect your phone to your laptop Using a USB cable and head over to Settings on your phone and tap on it
==> Under wireless & networks section, tap on More
==> go to Tethering & portable hotspot and toggle “On” USB tethering and you are done.
To tether your Android to a computer system using Wi-Fi tethering is an easy task, just follow my lead
==> Go to settings and tap on More – under wireless & networks
==> Tap on Tethering & portable hotspot
==> Tap Wi-Fi hotspot and toggle it “On” to activate
Before activating the hotspot, you can configure the Wi-Fi hotspot by:
==> Tapping on set up Wi-Fi hotspot and choose any name as the network name
==> Under the Security section, select WPA2 PSK and choose at least 8 character password for securing the hotspot and tap on save.
If not all, but most computer systems have an inbuilt Bluetooth file transfer system. The Bluetooth will serve as internet sharing mechanism. This method requires you to enable the Bluetooth on your Android phone and computer system and pair the both devices. Make sure that the Bluetooth system in the two devices are visible to each other.
==> On your Android device, go to Bluetooth settings and search for the Bluetooth name of the computer you want to pair. Relax and wait for your PC to be discovered, once it is discovered, start the pairing process.
==> As the pairing process is initiated, you will be prompted by each of the devices to confirm whether that unique code is the same. If the Unique code is the same (which should be) click Pair on both the phone and the computer to pair with Bluetooth.
==> Now that the pairing is complete, go to Tethering & Portable Hotspot on your phone, then enable Bluetooth tethering
==> on your computer system, right click on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray, then choose “Join a personal area network.”
==> When this menu opens, your phone should be present, ready to be accessed for internet network on the computer. Click on your Android phone, then the “Connect using” dropdown. Choose “Access Point,” and you are done with the Bluetooth pairing.