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How to Tether an Internet Connection with an Android Phone

A more intimate way to share the 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 ability.

Tethering isn’t technically wireless, but it remains a solid way to provide Internet access to another gizmo, such as a laptop or desktop computer. Follow these steps to set up Internet tethering:

  1. Connect the phone to another mobile device by using the USB cable.

  2. On the phone, at the Home screen, press the Menu soft button.

  3. Choose Settings and then choose Wireless & Networks.

  4. Choose Tethering & Mobile Hotspot.

    On some phones, you may have multiple options rather than a single Tethering option. You may see the options Internet Connection Mode or Internet Pass-Through. The one you want is Internet Connection mode. (The other option, Internet Pass-Through, is where the phone uses the other device’s Internet signal.)

  5. Place a green check mark by the item USB Tethering.

    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 device using the tethered connection. For example, you may be prompted on the PC to locate and install software for your phone. Do so: Accept the installation of new software when prompted by Windows.

  • There’s no 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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