On days when you urgently need to mail a file and don’t have stable or no Wi-Fi connection, tethering can meet your internet requirements. Tethering refers to the process of using mobile data or mobile’s internet connection to your PC. The connection between the devices is established via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, but it is better to use USB as it drains the least battery from your smartphone and it gives much better speed than Bluetooth. This procedure offers faster speed than a public network. Following are the ways an Android and iOS users can use tethering:
For Android Users
There are three ways to connect to your desktop, i.e., Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and USB. Before beginning, make sure you turn on your mobile data and check if you have strong cellular signals as it will impact the connectivity speed.
Use the USB cable to connect both the devices and configure your Android device using the following steps:
- Go to Settings on your computer and select Network & Preferences.
- Select Hotspot & Tethering, and switch on the toggle for USB tethering. If this section appears in grey, make sure you have connected the USB cable with devices properly.
- Click OK when a warning appears on the screen, informing you that continuing will interrupt any existing data transfers between your phone and PC.
You’ll receive a notification confirming the activation. Please note that your phone might drain your computer’s battery during the procedure.
Bluetooth provides enough bandwidth to route data from and to your phone and PC. Before proceeding, connect the devices via Bluetooth and follow these steps:
- Open your phone’s Settings and go to Network & Internet.
- Then select Hotspot & Tethering, and turn on Bluetooth Tethering.
After pairing the devices, use the following steps to share mobile data:
- On your PC, give a right-click on the Bluetooth and select Join a Personal Area Network.
- Give a right-click on your phone’s icon on the new page.
- Select Connect Using and click on Access Point.
You’ll receive a Bluetooth Tethering notification.
When you use your mobile internet and Wi-Fi connection, your phone will create a private network to connect your devices with a secure password. To establish a connection between the devices, switch on the toggle for Portable Hotspot on your mobile, and tweak security as per your preferences. And on your PC, use these steps:
- Open Settings and select Network & Internet.
- Click on Wi-Fi and select Show Available Networks.
- Select your phone’s network and tap on Connect.
- Insert the password that you have set on your phone.
For iPhone Users
iOS also supports Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi connections for transferring mobile data. Here are the steps for all three methods:
1. On your phone, switch on Personal Hotspot from the Settings.
2. On PC, find your phone and connect to it by entering the password you have saved on your phone.
3. You’ll see a blue band at the top of your screen, once both of your devices establish the connection. Tap on that toggle to use the internet.
1. Start by enabling the Personal Hotspot and switching on the Bluetooth from the Settings app of your phone.
2. On your laptop, switch on Bluetooth and pair the devices.
3. Once the devices are paired, go to Network Settings, and your desktop will automatically connect to your iPhone (if it is the only active connection).
Again, start by enabling Personal Hotspot from the Settings and continue to follow these steps:
1. Using the Lightning cable, connect both the devices.
2. On your PC, go to Network Settings, and your PC will connect to your iPhone automatically if that’s the only active connection at the moment.
It is easy to use the internet connection from your mobile. These procedures will drain the battery from either of the devices, but it mostly depends on the brand of the phone and PC you use. Overall, USB connectivity is the best option to choose from, and it is proven to drain the least or no battery at all.