How to Tether an Internet Connection with an Android Phone

An intimate way to share the Android phone’s digital cellular connection is to connect the phone directly to a computer and activate the tethering feature. Not every Android phone has this capability.

Tethering is a solid way to provide Internet access to another gizmo, such as a laptop or a desktop computer. Follow these steps to set up Internet tethering:

  1. Connect the phone to a computer or laptop by using the USB cable.

    The best success with this operation is when the computer is a PC running Windows.

  2. Open the Settings app.

  3. Choose More, and then choose Tethering & Mobile Hotspot.

  4. Place a check mark by the USB Tethering item.

    Internet tethering is activated.

The other device should instantly recognize the phone as a “modem” with Internet access. Further configuration may be required, which depends on the computer using the tethered connection. For example, you may have to accept the installation of new software when prompted by Windows.

  • When tethering is active, a Tethering or Hotspot Active notification icon appears, similar to what’s shown in the margin. Choose that notification to further configure tethering.

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  • Unlike creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, you don’t need to disable the Wi-Fi radio to activate USB tethering.

  • 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.

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