How to Tether Internet Connections on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Tether Internet Connections on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

A more intimate and direct way to share the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s digital cellular connection is to connect the phone directly to a computer and activate the USB tethering feature.

Follow these steps to set up Internet tethering:

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

    I’ve had the best success with this operation when the computer is a PC running Windows.

  2. On the phone, open the Settings app.

  3. From the Connections tab, choose Tethering and Portable Hotspot.

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

    Internet tethering is activated. Well, unless your data plan doesn’t support it, in which case nothing happens.

The other device should instantly recognize your Galaxy Note 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 you’re prompted by Windows.

  • When Internet tethering is active, the Tethering Active notification appears. Choose that notification to further configure tethering.


  • To end Internet tethering, repeat Steps 2 through 4 to remove the green check mark. After the Internet tethering sessions is over and the green check mark is gone, you can then disconnect the USB cable.

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