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Tether an Android Phone or Tablet to a laptop

Tether Android to laptop

How to tether an Android device to a laptop?

Share an Android Phone or Tablet Data Connection

If your Android phone or tablet has WIFI and/or 4G or 5G connectivity, which most do, then you can share or tether an android phone or tablet to a laptop or other internet devices.Tether Android to laptop

For example, if your Android phone or tablet is connected to the internet via WIFI, then you can connect your PC to your Android device, then also access the internet from your PC via your tablet’s already connected WIFI connection.  The same is true if your Android device is connected using 4G/5G. This link has more information –  Connect Android to WIFI Hotspot

So if you are at the airport, and there is not a WIFI hot spot available, then you can connect your Android device to the internet using your 4G/5G connection, then tether a PC to the Android phone or tablet (hopefully a laptop since a desktop would be a little bulky to carry to the airport) and then access the internet on your PC via the 4G/5G connection.  Pretty cool, eh?  Don’t expect lightening fast speed, but the connection should be fast enough to handle email and simple websites. Here’s how:

Tether an Android Tablet to PC via a portable WIFI Hotspot:

  1. Open the Settings application on your tablet
  2. Touch Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  3. Check Portable WIFI hotspot.
  4. After a moment, the tablet starts broadcasting its WIFI network name (SSID), so you can connect to it with up to 8 computers or other devices. An ongoing notification is added to the System bar, to the left of the time. Uncheck Portable WIFI hotspot to stop sharing your data connection via WIFI.

Using a Bluetooth connection:

Another option to tether an Android tablet to PC is to connect via Bluetooth.

  1. Pair your tablet with your computer.
  2. Configure your computer to obtain its network connection via Bluetooth. For more information, see your computer’s documentation.
  3. Open the Settings application on your tablet
  4. Touch Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  5. Check Bluetooth tethering.

Using a USB connection:

  1. You can tether an Android device to a PC using a USB cable.
  2. Open the Settings application on your tablet
  3. Touch Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  4. Check USB tethering. The tablet starts sharing its mobile network data connection with your computer, via USB connection. An ongoing notification icon is added to the System bar, to the left of the time.
  5. Uncheck USB tethering to stop sharing your data connection. Or just disconnect the USB cable.

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