How to Connect Mobile Internet to Your PC Using Tethering
Need an internet connection for your PC or laptop, but don’t have access to public Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: connect your smartphone’s mobile internet connection to your PC. This process is known as login.
While connecting with your laptop or tablet might be faster than the public network at your favorite cafe, it can have its own set of issues. Here’s what you need to know about tethering with Android and how to connect your mobile internet to your PC.
What is connection sharing?
Sharing the line is the term used to connect your mobile device to your computer, so that your PC can connect through your phone’s mobile data connection. It works via USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
In the pre-iPhone days, that meant using an old-fashioned feature phone to call a number that provided internet access anywhere. Some cell phones can share their internet connection, allowing you to connect through the device’s network APN.
After the release of the iPhone in 2007, many mobile networks started charging additional fees for connection plans. Luckily, this lucrative practice has since been phased out almost completely—these days, tethering is generally free outside of using your data allowance.
Android mobile connection options explained
Android owners have three tethering options to share a mobile internet connection with their laptop, tablet, or even desktop computer:
- Connect via Bluetooth
- Use your phone as a hotspot
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB
Below, we’ll look at each of them to find out which method will drain your battery the fastest and which will transfer data the fastest.
Before continuing, make sure you have enabled mobile internet on your phone. It is important to note that mobile signal strength will impact your connection speed. Using Personal Hotspot can also cause your phone’s battery level to drop rapidly. wireless connection sharing is particularly energy-intensive.
We provide speedtest.net speed results for comparison.
1. How to connect mobile internet to PC with USB cable
Mobile phones have long had a tethering feature, allowing you to connect the device to your computer using a USB modem. This allows you to share the mobile Internet connection via a wired connection with your laptop or other devices.
It is easy to do. Connect the USB cable that came with your phone to your computer, then plug it into the phone’s USB port. Next, to set up your Android device for Mobile Internet Sharing:
- To open Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Hotspot & Tethering.
- Press the USB Tethering slider to activate it. If it appears grayed out, make sure the USB cable is properly connected at both ends.
- the Access point and connection sharing A warning will appear, informing you that continuing will interrupt any existing data transfer between your phone and your PC.
- Faucet OKAY proceed.
A notification icon should appear to confirm Personal Hotspot is active. During testing, we found the following results:
- Speed: Download at 97 Mbps, upload at 2.02 Mbps, with an average ping of 66 ms.
- Battery impact: The effect on your phone’s battery depends on whether your laptop is plugged in or not. If so, the battery drain should be slow to non-existent as the phone will charge slowly through the USB connection.
To note: If your computer is running on its battery, your phone will potentially drain the computer’s battery rather than its own.
2. Use Bluetooth Tethering with Mobile Internet
Want to know how to connect mobile internet to PC without USB cable?
The answer is to use Bluetooth. Short-range wireless technology has enough bandwidth to carry data to and from your phone and a paired device.
Start by pairing your phone with your computer:
- Open your Android phone’s Bluetooth settings. You can do this by long-pressing the Bluetooth icon in quick settings or by navigating to Settings > Connected devices.
- To select Pair a new devicewhich will make your device discoverable.
- Now on your Windows 10 system, tap Win + I to open the Settings app.
- Here select Devices > Bluetooth and other devices.
- Switch Bluetooth on On if it hasn’t already been done. Click on Add Bluetooth or another device followed by Bluetooth.
- Select your phone when it appears and follow the pairing steps. If you’re having trouble, see our guide to setting up Bluetooth in Windows 10 — the same steps can be used in Windows 11.
- Once paired, on your phone, open Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & Tethering and turn on Bluetooth tethering.
Once the phone is paired with your computer, you can share the mobile internet connection:
- Expand the Windows system tray to find the Bluetooth icon, right-click on it and select Join a personal network.
- In the resulting menu, find your phone icon and right-click on it.
- Choose Connect using > Hotspot.
Your phone should then show a notification that Bluetooth tethering is active. Our tests revealed:
- Speed: 35 Mbps download, 0.78 Mbps upload, with an average ping of 289 ms.
- Battery impact: Heavy use of Bluetooth really puts a strain on your battery. Ten minutes of use consumed 5% of my phone’s charge.
3. How to connect your mobile internet to a PC wirelessly
Combining the wireless benefits of Bluetooth with the speed of USB, connecting your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot is perhaps the most popular tethering option.
Using your mobile and Wi-Fi Internet connection, your phone creates a private network to connect your devices with a secure password. It is certainly the most practical choice. To set up Wi-Fi tethering:
- To open Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced > Hotspot & Tethering.
- Faucet WIFI hotspot (called A portable hotspot on some phones).
- On the next screen, toggle the slider On.
- You can then adjust the network options on this page. For example, change the Access point name, Security type or open the Advanced options to automatically turn off the hotspot when no device is using it.
- On some devices, you will need to open the Configure Access Point menu to change these options.
- Press the Access point password (called a few times Show password) to display the password, if necessary.
Then, on your Windows PC:
- Hurry Win + I to open Settings.
- Go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
- Click on Show available networks and navigate to find the network created by your phone. (You can also do this by clicking the Wireless Internet icon in the system tray).
- Select the network and click Relate.
- Enter the password as it appears on your phone (and make further changes as needed) to establish the connection.
Here are the results we found from this option:
- Speed: Download at 10 Mbps, upload at 4.45 Mbps, with an average ping of 55 ms.
- Battery impact: As with Bluetooth tethering, heavy use drained the battery by about 5% in 10 minutes. Standard usage, however, seems better with Wi-Fi tethering and could potentially last around 5-6 hours.
Once you’ve set up wireless tethering for the first time, it’s easy to turn it on again. Open the Quick Settings panel on your phone by swiping down twice from top to bottom. Press the Hotspot , then wait for your computer to connect. As long as you don’t change the network name or password, it should reconnect automatically.
How to Connect iPhone Mobile Hotspot to PC
Not using Android? Need to borrow a phone to connect your PC to the Internet and only have an iPhone?
iPhones have a hotspot mode that you can enable at Settings > Personal Hotspot. This is a Wi-Fi hotspot that any wireless-enabled device can connect to.
For added compatibility, iOS also supports Bluetooth and USB tethering, as does Android. For details on how to connect an iPhone’s mobile Internet to your computer, learn how to use the hotspot feature on your iPhone.
Mobile connection sharing? Use USB for better battery life
You now know how to connect mobile Internet to your computer, using Wi-Fi, USB or Bluetooth.
But which is the best?
Our tests show that USB tethering drains your phone’s battery the slowest. Meanwhile, Bluetooth offers the worst speeds. Thanks to improvements in Bluetooth technology, however, its battery impact is acceptable.
Connecting your mobile Internet connection to a computer is easy
Struggling to decide between a Wi-Fi hotspot and USB tethering? Well, USB isn’t the fastest overall, which makes Wi-Fi the best all-around option. But if Wi-Fi is not available, relying on USB tethering is your best alternative.
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