Desktop Internet connection through Tethering

Did you know that you can Tether an Internet Connection with an Android Phone?

Tethering is a solid way to provide Internet access to another device, such as a laptop or a desktop computer. Follow these steps to set up Internet tethering:

  1. Connect the phone to a computer or laptop by using the USB cable.

    The best success with this operation is when the computer is a PC running Windows.

  2. Open the Settings app, or use the popup window that appear after the UDB cable is connected

  3. Choose More, and then choose Tethering & Mobile Hotspot.

  4. Place a check mark by the USB Tethering item.

    Internet tethering is activated.

The other device should instantly recognize the phone as a “modem” with Internet access. Further configuration may be required, which depends on the computer using the tethered connection. For example, you may have to accept the installation of new software when prompted by Windows.

  • When tethering is active, a Tethering or Hotspot Active notification icon appears. Choose that notification to further configure tethering.


  • Unlike creating a Wi-Fi hotspot, you don’t need to disable the Wi-Fi radio to activate USB tethering.

  • Sharing the digital network connection incurs data usage charges against your cellular data plan. Be careful with your data usage when you’re sharing a connection.

How to Reverse Tether an Android Smartphone or Tablet to Your PC

Typically, people tether their laptops to their Android phones, using the phone’s data connection to get online from anywhere. But you may also want to “reverse tether,” sharing your PC’s Internet connection with an Android phone or tablet.

There are a variety of ways to do this. You could use a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth — or even reverse-tether entirely over a wired USB cable. It’s useful when your computer has an Internet connection, but your phone doesn’t.

Create a Wi-Fi Access Point

The simplest method here will likely be to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. This is just like creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone to share its mobile data connection with your PC . But, instead, you’ll be creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on your computer and sharing its Internet connection with your Android phone or tablet.

You will need Wi-Fi hardware to do this. A typical laptop will work just fine. If you want to reverse-tether an Android phone or tablet to a desktop computer that doesn’t have Wi-Fi so you can share its wired Ethernet connection, you can purchase an inexpensive USB-to-Wi-Fi adapter and use it for this purpose.

Android phones and tablets don’t support ad-hoc networks, but the Virtual Router software will create a Wi-Fi hotspot that functions as an access point, allowing Android devices to connect. If you’re using another solution, be sure it functions as an access point and not an ad-hoc network.

I recommend using Virtual Router for creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on a Windows PC. It’s a convenient front-end to the powerful Wi-Fi hotspot and Internet Connection Sharing features built into Windows. You can use it to share a wired Ethernet connection over Wi-Fi, or even share a Wi-Fi connection you’re connected to by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. This makes it convenient in situations where you only have one login for a Wi-Fi network — like in a hoteL or cafe.

Bluetooth Personal Area Network(PAN)

You could also use Bluetooth for this. Assuming your phone or tablet runs Android 4.0 or above, you can pair it over Bluetooth and use a Bluetooth PAN.

Typically, you’ll want to create a Wi-Fi hotspot if you use Windows and connect to the Internet through that. Wi-Fi is faster and easier to set up. However, a Bluetooth PAN is particularly useful on Macs — if you want to share a Mac’s Wi-Fi connection with an Android smartphone or tablet, you’ll need to use a Bluetooth PAN or get a second physical Wi-Fi adapter (like a USB-to-Wi-Fi adapter), as you need two separate network interfaces for this.

USB Cable

How to Connect Your Android to Your PC’s Internet Connection Over USB


It’s possible to tether your computer to an Android phone over USB, accessing the Internet via the phone. You might wonder if it’s possible to reverse-tether an Android phone or tablet to a computer via USB, accessing the Internet through the computer’s network connection. This is possible, but it requires root access.

The USB cable method is most useful when you’re in a location where you can’t use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth reverse-tethering for some reason. It’s obnoxious because of the requirement for root access and the additional hacks and tools required to get this working. Worse yet, some Android apps won’t actually realize they have an Internet connection if you do this. If possible, you’re better off setting up a Wi-Fi access point or using a Bluetooth PAN for reverse-tethering.


Kijjambu Ouma Moses

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October 4, 2018 at 9:05 am



My desk top computer is newly purchased on year 2010 but now a days internet tethering with smart phone is connecting but only option is about transferring files happens only. To get net by phone what I have to do.

March 4, 2019 at 9:26 am



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