How do I share an Internet connection with an Android smartphone or an iPhone?

Tethering on an iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or other Android smartphone lets you use your mobile data to connect a PC to the Internet. This is modem mode. It is interesting if you have a 4G or 5G connection.

It is possible to share the 4G or 5G connection of a smartphone with a PC. In this scenario, he finds himself connected to Wi-Fi to access the Internet, as if he were going through the Internet box. The handling is very simple and worth knowing, especially if in the event of a breakdown at home or when traveling to a place that does not provide Wi-Fi.

Connection sharing can even be more interesting than its Internet box, if your operator has an excellent mobile telephone network and if your Internet speed is sluggish. Indeed, for a person who benefits from good 4G or 5G coverage, the smartphone in modem mode can provide higher speeds and, therefore, accelerate the downloading of large files.

However, check that your mobile plan gives you a nice mobile data envelope.

Tethering on smartphone is not difficult at all. And in addition, it can give you much better speeds! // Source: Nino Barbey for Numerama

So here’s a guide on how to do it, depending on whether you’re using Android or iOS. The steps may vary depending on the device and the version of the operating system, in particular in the organization of the topics and the wording used. Other steps may also be optionally required. So read the on-screen instructions carefully so you don’t miss anything.

Tethering on Android

How to share a connection from an Android smartphone to a PC?

  • Launch 4G (or 5G if you already have it) : enable mobile data on your smartphone. You can do this via the drop-down menu leading to shortcuts, by sliding your finger vertically from the top of the screen. You can also go to the settings (via the cogwheel icon), and follow the following path: “Wi-Fi and Internet”, “SIM and network” and activate the “Mobile data” option.
  • Enable connection sharing : pull down the shortcuts menu and activate the “Access point” option. It can also be found in the settings, in the “Wi-Fi and Internet” section, then “Access point and connection sharing” and “Wi-Fi access point”.
Modem mode Android connection
The main screens concerning tethering with Android.
  • Connect the PC to the Wi-Fi of the smartphone : on the PC you want to connect to the Internet, find the name of the smartphone’s Wi-Fi network. It’s him you’re going to use. On Windows, you have to go to the taskbar, at the bottom right of the screen, to see the icon symbolizing Wi-Fi. It lists the networks detected nearby.
  • Enter the Wi-Fi key : last step, enter the password (the Wi-Fi key) of the wireless network of the smartphone. You will find it in the mobile settings, following the path “Wi-Fi and Internet”, “Access point and tethering” and “Wi-Fi access point”. The access point password must be typed at the time of connection, on Windows. The name of the access point is also filled in, if you have any doubts about the network to select.
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Smartphones USB port may be an option if you are not using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to share the smartphone connection. // Source: Numerama

Be aware that the Wi-Fi connection is not the only way to connect a computer to your smartphone to give it access to the Internet. You have two alternatives: using a USB cable or opening a Bluetooth connection.

Connection sharing from an Android smartphone to a PC via USB

Via USB: first connect the mobile to the PC to be able to activate the option. The procedure takes a bit of time, especially if this is the first time you are doing this manipulation. In this case, a device installation may in particular take place.

Connection sharing from an Android smartphone to a PC via Bluetooth

Via Bluetooth : Activate the option on your smartphone to make it discoverable. In the shortcut menu, click on the corresponding icon (a rune). You can also do it via the settings, following the same path as for the Wi-Fi connection. On Windows, from the taskbar, go to the center of notifications and select “Connect”, then choose your device in order to pair it with your PC, if it supports Bluetooth connection.

Tethering on iOS

How to tether from iPhone to PC

  • Activate 4G / 5G: First, make sure that your iPhone’s 4G or 5G connection is activated.
  • Sharing the line : Then go to your iPhone settings, then to “Connection Sharing”. Then check the appropriate option. Several possibilities are then available to you: you can connect by USB, by Wi-Fi or by Bluetooth.
connect iPhone PC
There are different ways to share iPhone connection with PC. // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama
  • Via Wi-Fi: On the computer, choose your iPhone. It should appear in the list of networks within range. Enter the Wi-Fi password when prompted, sometimes in a dedicated category. This is located on your iPhone, under “Connection Sharing”.
iPhone tethering
What does tethering look like with the iPhone.

Tethering from iPhone to PC via USB

Via USB: First, connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. Your PC will normally detect the iPhone as a USB modem and automatically switch to it for connection. Otherwise, choose the iPhone from the list of network services in your settings.

Tethering from an iPhone to a PC via Bluetooth

Via Bluetooth: The third solution is to go through the Bluetooth connection by pairing the iPhone with the computer. On the iPhone, tap “Pair” or type the code displayed on the PC. Then connect to iPhone from computer.

Tethering with iOS
The main screens on iOS to do connection sharing with an iPhone.
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Source: Nino Barbey for Numerama

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