Thanks to mobile devices and 4G connections we can be permanently connected to the Internet, at any time and place. Unless the coverage leaves much to be desired, we will always have a way to access the network. And, if you have an Android device, even more so: from version 2.2 the data rate can be shared between a terminal running the green robot’s operating system and another device. This is carried out through a process known as tethering, thanks to which we will never be without the Internet under any circumstances. In this article, we are going to see the necessary steps to do it.
How to Share Mobile Data Using Tethering
On paper, being able to share mobile data sounds great, although tethering is deadly on batteries. It consumes them in a very short time, so it is always recommended to keep the devices plugged in and deactivate the shared connections as soon as you finish. On the other hand, if your phone can disable the access point automatically when there are no devices connected, enable this option.
Now we can start talking about the process itself. There are three ways to tethering: creating a WiFi access point, via Bluetooth, and via a USB cable. We see each of them below.
Sharing data through a WiFi Access Point
First, you will have to activate the access point of the phone. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open the phone settings.
- Go to Networks and Internet> WiFi Zone / Share Connection.
- Click on the WiFi access point and activate the option.
- If you have not created an access point before, set a name and password. If you don’t want your point to ask for a password, select None in the “Security” section.
- Once this is done, you can check that it works by connecting another device to your access point:
- Open the list of WiFi networks of the machine you want to connect.
- Choose the name of the access point, click on it, enter the password and click on Connect.
Share data via Bluetooth
This way of tethering is not one of the most used, but there are users who claim its validity for various reasons. The first one is that it consumes less battery than the WiFi access point, and the second is that it is more secure than the access point; only devices paired via Bluetooth can see each other, while the access point can go to anyone.
To share mobile data through Bluetooth you have to follow the following steps:
- Pair your phone with the device you want to connect.
- Set the other device to receive your connection via Bluetooth. How to do this varies by manufacturer;
- Follow the instructions given by the terminal on the screen.
- Open your phone settings and go to Network and Internet> Hotspot / Share connection.
- Once there, click on Share via Bluetooth.
Share connection via USB cable
Before getting into the subject, it should be clarified that if your plan is to use USB tethering on a Mac, this method is not valid for Apple computers. That said, if you want to share data using a USB cable, you must do the following:
- Connect your phone to the other device using a USB cable. At the top of the screen, you will see the notification “Connected as”.
- Opens the settings for the phone, and go to Network and Internet> WiFi Zone / Share connection.
Now turn on USB Connection Sharing.