How to Tether Your Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Tether Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

One way to share your Galaxy Tab’s digital cellular connection, and to get one other device on the Internet, is tethering. This operation is carried out by connecting the Tab 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 Galaxy Tab like a modem.

To set up tethering on your Galaxy Tab, heed these directions:

  1. Turn off the Tab’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 Tab to a PC using its USB cable.

    Specifically, the PC must be running Windows 7 or Windows Vista or some flavor of the Linux operating system.

  3. At the Home screen, touch the Apps Menu button.

  4. Open the Settings app.

  5. Choose Wireless & Networks.

  6. Choose Tethering & Portable Hotspot.

  7. Place a green check mark by the option USB Tethering.

    The option is disabled when you’re using a Wi-Fi connection, which means that you ignored Step 1, or when the Galaxy Tab isn’t connected to a PC via the USB cable, which means that you ignored Step 2.

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

Though the Galaxy Tab’s digital cellular network is being shared, you see the Tethering Active notification, shown in the margin. 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 Galaxy Tab. Do so: Accept the installation of new software when prompted by Windows.