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Tethering tutorial: How to use your Android smartphone as a modem

Tony Ibrahim | Aug. 12, 2014
Knowing how to share your smartphone's Internet connection can get you out of sticky situations. All Android smartphones can generate a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot that your tablet, notebook or other device can access to surf the web. Enabling this feature is easily done provided you account for the basics.

Knowing how to share your smartphone's Internet connection can get you out of sticky situations. All Android smartphones can generate a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot that your tablet, notebook or other device can access to surf the web. Enabling this feature is easily done provided you account for the basics.

1. Is your software up-to-date?

Ensuring you have the latest version of software installed on your Android smartphone will help avoid any unexpected glitches. Let's not forget your smartphone is likely to benefit from general performance improvements too.

Checking for new software updates can be easily done by accessing the Settings menu.

Simply click on Settings > About phone > System update.

2. Get your hotspot on

Now it's time to enable the hotspot feature in your up-to-date Android smartphone. Locating this setting is pretty standardised across different Android devices. Simply access the following menus:

Settings > under the Wireless and networks heading, select More > Tethering and Mobile hotspot.

Your Android smartphone is password protected to ensure randoms don't jump onto your wireless hotspot and exhaust your mobile data allowance. Now is a good time to check or change the password. This can be done by selecting Set up Wi-Fi hotspot. Ticking the Show password field will ensure you spell the password correctly.

Now enable the Wireless hotspot option. This is the final step for people interested in enabling a wireless hotspot with a smartphone or tablet. Doing so requires only that you select the wireless hotspot from the smartphone/tablet from which you wish to the Internet.

People interested in tethering their connection to a notebook or PC will have to enable a few more settings. They can do so wirelessly over Bluetooth or by establishing a connection over USB.

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3a. Wirelessly tether over Bluetooth

This step involves pairing your smartphone to your notebook/PC over Bluetooth. Under the Tethering and Hotspot menu accessed previously, enable the Bluetooth tethering option.

Now make your smartphone visible to Bluetooth devices by going to Settings > Bluetooth > and clicking on your displayed [Smartphone's name]. This should make your Android smartphone visible to other devices.

The next part of the pairing process involves recognising your smartphone's Bluetooth signal from your notebook/PC. Access the Bluetooth menu (Windows: found in Control Panel; Mac: System Preferences) to pair it with your Android smartphone. Once the computer and smartphone is paired, you can access your smartphone's Internet connection just as an ordinary Wi-Fi network.

3b. Tethering over a USB connection

Tethering over Bluetooth is convenient, but some people might prefer the simpler setup of a USB connection.

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