Tethering means sharing your phone’s 2G/3G/4G data connection with other devices. Tethering is an opposite process to reverse tethering.
Most of the smartphones support tethering including Android phones, Windows phones, Blackberries, and almost any other mobile devices.
Generally, there are 3 types of tethering on Android.
- WiFi Tethering
WiFi Tethering (also known as Mobile Hotspot) is the easiest one to set up. In Android WiFi tethering method, your phone act as a portable WiFi hotspot and shares internet connection with other devices (up to 8 devices) via WiFi connection.
The main drawback of WiFi tethering is that the phone’s battery will drain faster. However, it has the faster connection speed while compared to Bluetooth tethering.
Before you proceed with WiFi tethering, you need to make sure that your mobile operator, carrier or mobile tariff allows tethering.
Because some mobile operators prevent this option from appearing on the headset and some carriers may charge you extra for tethering. Let’s get started.
Use WiFi Tethering on Android
- Go to Settings > Wireless & networks.
- Tap the Tethering & portable hotspot.
- Click on “Wi-Fi hotspot” option.
- Click on “Set up Wi-Fi hotspot” option.
- Set Network SSID, Security, Password, and Maximum connections as per your wish.
- Click on “Save” button.
- Switch on Wi-Fi hotspot (Enable toggle at the top). You’ll see a Wi-Fi hotspot notification on Android.
- Now, Click on “Network” icon on the Laptop.
- You can see the name of the hotspot that we have just created.
That’s it. Connect your Laptop to that WiFi hotspot to share the internet.