A Guide about Tethering (Android)

In this post, we’ll see:

Introduction to Tethering

Tethering is sharing your phone’s data connection with other devices. It is the opposite process of reverse tethering.

Remember that there are three types of tethering on Android, and they are:

  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • USB tethering
  • Bluetooth tethering

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Use Wi-Fi Tethering on Android

Wi-Fi tethering (also known as “Mobile hotspot”) makes your phone act as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Wi-Fi tethering drains the phone’s battery faster. But it has a faster connection speed while compared to Bluetooth tethering. Also, note that I’m using Android Pie. With that said, let’s see the steps.

Steps

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering > Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Tap the toggle at the top.

That’s all. Now, you can connect your other device(s) to the Wi-Fi hotspot to get internet access.

Notes:

  • Go to the Wi-Fi hotspot using the abovementioned steps, and change the hotspot name, password, and other settings if you wish.
  • If you want to turn off the Wi-Fi hotspot, then use the above steps.

Use Bluetooth Tethering on Android

Bluetooth tethering is used to share the mobile’s data connection with other devices via Bluetooth.

It offers the slowest speed in comparison with USB tethering and Wi-Fi tethering.

I’ll use two Android phones (Android Pie and Oreo) here. Let’s start.

Steps

  1. Pair both Android phones.
  2. Now, open the Settings app on the device from which you want to share the internet.
  3. Hit Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering.
  4. Hit the toggle beside Bluetooth tethering.
  1. Open the Settings app on the device for which the internet connection is needed.
  2. Tap Connected devices > Bluetooth.
  3. Beneath the Paired devices section, you can see the device from which you’ll get internet access.
  4. Tap the Gear icon beside that device.
  5. In the pop-up, select Internet access and then tap Ok.

That’s it.

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

  • In the device which is providing internet: Go to the Settings app. Hit Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering. Hit the toggle beside Bluetooth tethering.
  • In the device which is receiving the internet: Open Settings app. Tap Connected devices > Bluetooth. Beneath the Paired devices section, you can see the device from which you get the internet. Tap it and tap Ok in the pop-up.

Use USB Tethering on Android

USB tethering is used to share the mobile’s data connection with other devices via USB.

It offers the fastest speed when compared with other tethering methods (Bluetooth tethering and Wi-Fi tethering). With that said, let’s see the steps.

Steps

  1. Connect your phone (I’m using Android Pie) with the PC (I’m using Windows 10 laptop) using the USB cable.
  2. Expand and tap the Android system notification, and you can see this screen:
  1. Choose the USB tethering.

That’s it. Now, you can access the internet on your PC.

If you want to stop USB tethering, expand, and tap the Android system notification and then choose No data transfer.