What Is Tethering? How to Use Mobile Internet on a PC

MakeUseOf | 1/9/2019 | Christian Cawley
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Need an internet connection for your PC or laptop, but don’t want to use public Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: tether your smartphone’s connection.

Using tethering with your laptop or tablet may be faster than the public Wi-Fi in your favorite cafe, but it isn’t without problems. Here’s what you need to know about mobile tethering with an Android smartphone.

What Is Tethering?

Tethering is the term for connecting your phone to your computer via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi and using the phone’s internet connectivity to provide a connection for the computer.

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In the pre-iPhone days, this meant using an old-style feature phone to call a number that gave internet access anywhere. Some cell phones could share their internet connection, enabling you to get online via the device network’s APN.

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Following the release of the iPhone in 2007, cell phone networks began charging for tethering plans. Fortunately, this money-grabbing practice has since been phased out almost completely, and these days, tethering is usually free.

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Android owners have three tethering options to share an internet connection with their PC, laptop, or tablet:

Below we’ll look at each of these and discover which method will drain your battery quickest, and which transfers data fastest.

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Before proceeding, make sure you have enabled mobile internet on your phone. It’s important to note that mobile signal strength will impact speed. This can result in the battery charge decreasing quickly, as the phone puts effort into downloading less data than it might with a full signal.

We provide speed results from speedtest.net for comparison.

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Mobile phones have long had a modem feature, allowing you to hook up the device to your computer via USB. This lets...
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