The tethering feature is a networking feature in android phones which helps you to share the internet of your android phone with another phone, laptop or any wireless device. This feature turns your phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot.
In the early days, it was difficult to connect to internet on your computer without a modem of which modems could only allow a single service provider unless otherwise. Currently, you can connect to internet on your computer without having a modem by simply enabling the tethering feature on your phone.
TYPES OF TETHERING
• Wi-Fi Tethering: Wi-Fi tethering turns your phone into a little Wi-Fi hotspot. It creates a Wi-Fi network that you connect to with your computer. It has decent speeds and you can connect more than one device—but the battery will drain faster than if you used one of the below options.
• Bluetooth Tethering: Bluetooth tethering is significantly slower than Wi-Fi, but uses less battery. You can only tether one device at a time via Bluetooth as well. It probably isn’t worth using unless you’re really trying to stretch your battery.
• USB Tethering: USB tethering has the fastest speeds, but you have to connect your phone to your laptop with a USB cable. Your phone’s battery won’t drain because it will draw power from your computer’s USB port. In addition to the standard Android tethering options, there are other ways you might want to tether:
• Third-Party Tethering Apps: If tethering is disabled on a phone you acquired from a carrier, you can install third-party apps and use them to tether. Your carrier may charge you anyway if they notice.
• Reverse Tethering: In rare situations, you may want to share your computer’s Internet connection with your Android phone instead. This is useful if you only have wired Ethernet connections in the area and don’t have access to Wi-Fi.
HOW TO TETHER USING THE USB CABLE
Connect your phone which has an internet connection to the computer using a USB cable. Open your phone settings and choose “Tethering and mobile/portable hotspot”.
NOTE: Some phones do not have the “Tethering and mobile/portable hotspot” on the menu of settings, therefore you should go ahead and choose the option for “more” to access it. From there enable Bluetooth tethering and your internet tethering will be activated However, depending on the computer or the phone you are using, further configurations may be required to complete the connections.
For example, After connecting an Itel 1409 phone to the computer, under USB options it requires you to place a “check mark” on the option of “USB-PC internet share”. From there it will prompt you to select the windows of your computer on the phone and then “OK”. Furthermore, under “Tethering and mobile/portable hotspot”, you can make your phone a “Wi-Fi hotspot” so that other people can access your phone`s internet connection through Wi-Fi.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR ANDROID PHONE A Wi-Fi HOTPOT
1. Open your phone settings and choose “Tethering and mobile/portable hotspot”.
2. Under “Tethering and mobile/portable hotspot”, enable “Wi-Fi hotspot”. Now your phone can be searched as a “Wi-Fi hotspot”. You can go ahead to manage your “Wi-Fi hotspot” by selecting “Wi-Fi hotspot settings and user management” where you can set your “Wi-Fi hotspot” name and password.
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