How to Use Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi Tethering on Android

In this post, you’ll see what tethering is and the steps to using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB tethering on Android.

In this case, I’m using Android 10. Let’s get started.

What is Tethering?

Tethering shares your phone’s data connection with other devices.

It is the opposite of reverse tethering.

There are three types of tethering on Android. Here they are:

  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • USB tethering
  • Bluetooth tethering

Let’s view all this.

How to Use Wi-Fi Tethering on Android

Also known as the “mobile hotspot,” Wi-Fi tethering turns your phone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

Steps

Open the Settings app.

Tap “Network & internet.”

Hit “Hotspot & tethering.”

Tap “Wi-Fi hotspot.”

Activate the switch above.

That’s it. You can now connect your other devices to the Wi-Fi hotspot to get internet access.

Notes

  • Go to the “Wi-Fi hotspot” as described above, and change the hotspot name, password, and other settings if you want.
  • If you prefer to turn off your Wi-Fi hotspot, follow the steps above, but deactivate it instead of enabling it.

How to Use USB Tethering on Android

USB tethering shares the data connection of the mobile phone with other devices via USB.

Steps

Connect your phone to the PC (I’m using Windows 10 laptop) via a USB cable.

Expand and tap the “Android System” notification on your Android device.

Select “USB tethering.”

That’s it. You can now access the internet on your PC.

If you want to end the USB tethering, expand and tap the “Android system” notification, and select “No data transfer.”

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Alternate Way

Connect your PC to Android via a USB cable.

Open the Settings app on your Android device.

Hit “Network & internet.”

Tap “Hotspot & tethering.”

Activate “USB tethering.”

That’s all.

If you want to stop USB tethering, follow the steps above but instead of enabling it, disable it.

How to Use Bluetooth Tethering on Android

Bluetooth tethering shares the data connection of the mobile phone with other devices via Bluetooth.

Here, I use two Android phones (10 and Oreo). Let’s see the steps.

Steps

Pair both Android phones.

Now, open the Settings app on the device from which you want to share the internet.

Hit Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering.

Activate the switch next to “Bluetooth tethering.”

Open the Settings app on your device that needs an internet connection.

Tap “Connected devices.”

Tap “Previously connected devices.”

You can view the device from which you can access the Internet.

Tap the “Gear” icon next to the device.

Activate “Internet access.”

That’s it.

You can turn off Bluetooth tethering from any of the devices, and here’s how:

  • On the device that is giving the internet: Launch the Settings app. Hit Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering. Disable the switch beside “Bluetooth tethering.”
  • On the device that receives the internet: Open the Settings app. Tap “Connected devices.” You will see the device from which you are accessing the internet. Tap on it. Disable “Internet access.”

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