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How to Share Your Android Tablet’s Internet via Tethering

A personal way to share your Android tablet’s digital cellular internet connection is tethering. This operation is carried out by connecting the tablet to another gizmo, such as a laptop computer, via its USB cable. Then you activate USB tethering, and the other gizmo is suddenly using the tablet like a modem.

To set up tethering, obey these steps:

  1. Turn off the tablet’s Wi-Fi radio.

    You cannot share a connection with the Wi-Fi radio on; you can share only the digital cellular connection.

  2. Connect the tablet to a PC using its USB cable.

    Specifically, the PC must be running Windows or some flavor of the Linux operating system.

  3. At the Home screen, touch the Apps icon.

  4. Open the Settings app.

  5. Look for a Tethering item.

    It might be named Tethering and Mobile Hotspot. The item may also be found by touching the More button below Data Usage. If so, choose the Tethering option when it appears.

    If you can’t find the Tethering option, your tablet isn’t capable of tethering the cellular connection. It happens.

  6. Place a check mark by the USB Tethering option.

  7. On the PC, choose Public when prompted to specify the type of network to which you’ve just connected.

While tethering is active, a Tethering notification appears. It reminds you that the tablet is sharing its cellular signal. You can choose that notification to turn off tethering: Simply remove the check mark by the USB Tethering option.

  • Sharing the digital network connection incurs data usage charges against your cellular data plan. Be careful with your data usage when you’re sharing a connection.

  • You may be prompted on the PC to locate and install software for the tablet. Do so: Accept the installation of new software when prompted by Windows.

  • You cannot share the Internet connection on a PC running Windows XP.

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