Sharing an internet connection from an Android smartphone is both simple and convenient. This allows you to use the data from your mobile plan on your tablet or computer.
In this tutorial, we will proceed step by step so that you can set up an internet connection sharing from your smartphone to another device in a jiffy.
Convenient option on Android, the connection allows you to turn your smartphone into a modem or hotspot.
Your computer or tablet can then use the data plan of your smartphone to connect to the internet provided you have a sufficient data plan.
Android Connection Sharing: How Does It Work?
Android as iOS makes it easy to turn your smartphone into a WiFi, Bluetooth and USB router. You can then use 3G / 4G mobile data as an internet connection and share it with the devices of your choice.
WiFi, Bluetooth, USB … each mode of connection has its particularities, advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into account depending on the situation.
When sharing a connection over WiFi, your smartphone creates an ad-hoc wireless network for which you can choose the name and password.
Other devices connect to it just like any other wireless router. The advantage of this connection mode is its simplicity.
Its disadvantage is that you can not really control what connects to it. This can lead to excessive data consumption.
The bluetooth connection sharing is based on the specificities of this technology. The range of bluetooth signal is relatively short which limits the risk of unwanted connections.
To connect to your bluetooth network you must also pair the devices. In general, only one device can be connected to bluetooth.
The USB tethering changes the behavior of C-USB port on your smartphone. So when you connect your smartphone to your computer, it detects a new network card and installs drivers – at least during the first connection.
Once configured, the connection can be established. This method is the most secure because you can not connect to USB without your knowledge – and the fact that there is no wireless network limits the risk of hacking.
Note: USB connection sharing is only compatible with Windows and Linux PCs.
How To Make A Connection Sharing On Android
To do this, first check that the airplane mode is inactive and the data is activated. The following steps are very simple:
- Go to Settings
- Go to More => Connection Sharing , Network and Internet => Access Point and Connection Sharing , or similar, the goal being to find a menu with the words Connection Sharing in Settings
The rest depends on whether you want to share the internet connection of your smartphone in WiFi, Bluetooth or USB.
- Touch WiFi access point
- Touch if necessary Configure Wi-Fi access point to choose access point name, password, and security
Note: Even if the interface allows it, it is strongly discouraged to choose None for the security of the key. As at your home, opt for something more or less secure like WPA2 TKIP-AES. And a sufficiently complex key, especially in public places.
- Activate WiFi Access Point
- Turn on Bluetooth Connection Sharing
- Enable USB Connection Sharing
How To Connect A Device
There is nothing simpler, after activating the corresponding connection sharing!
- Find the WiFi network created by your smartphone and log in with the password and security you have configured
- Pair the device with your smartphone (on your smartphone go to Connected devices => Connection preferences => Bluetooth )
- Set the device to connect to the internet via the Bluetooth network. The procedure depends on the device and its operating system: consult the documentation of the manufacturer or the operating system
- Connect your smartphone to the computer via USB
- The rest is automatic: your connection will be available in a few seconds
Connection Sharing: How To Limit The Impact On Battery
Sharing your internet connection from a smartphone consumes a lot of battery. Some smartphones may limit this by automatically disabling the access point when no device is connected to it. In other cases, to keep a little autonomy:
- Recharge your smartphone as soon as possible on AC power or external battery
- Manually disable connection sharing when it is no longer needed
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