How to Use USB Tethering on Android

USB Tethering is one of the tethering methods which is used to share mobile’s data connection with other devices via USB cable.

USB tethering is a wired connection. Hence, it provides two advantages while compared with Bluetooth tethering and WiFi tethering.

  • Secure connection
  • Fastest internet speed

In this tethering method, your phone will get charged from the Laptop. So, there is no battery drain issue. However, the main drawback is that you can share the internet with only one device at a time.

Use USB Tethering on Android

Make sure that your mobile operator, carrier or mobile tariff allows tethering. Because some carriers may charge you extra for tethering. Let’s get started.

Steps

  • Connect your phone to Laptop via USB cable. Generally, there are 4 USB computer connection types available in Android. USB tethering doesn’t work with the “USB storage” and “Charge only” option.
  • However, USB tethering works with the following two connection types.

Media Transfer Protocol(MTP)

Picture Transfer Protocol(PTP)

  • You can choose any one of them for USB tethering. In this instance, I am selecting PTP. Now, your devices are connected via USB.
  • Go to Settings on Android.
  • Select Wireless & networks.
  • Click on “Tethering & portable hotspot” option.
  • Enable USB tethering option. You can see a notification about this connection on Android.

Use USB tethering

That’s it. Your internet is successfully shared with the Laptop via USB tethering.

Additional Hint

  • In the Laptop, you’ll see a notification about this connection like “Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device“ (if you are connecting your Android to the Laptop via USB tethering for the first time).
  • You can see a new adapter with the description “Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device” in the Laptop’s adapter list.
  • When the internet connection is disconnected, the new adapter will be automatically removed from the adapter list. This adapter will be automatically enabled for future USB tethering.
  • To stop USB tether, uncheck USB tethering option on Android.

Also read: How to Turn Off Data for Certain Apps on Android

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