We use cookies on our websites. Information about cookies and how you can object to the use of cookies at any time or end their use can be found in our privacy policy.

2 min read 5 comments

How to share your Android network connection with your PC

On the road and need to jump onto your laptop with no free public WiFi in sight? Maybe your Internet connection at home is down? Whatever the reason, if you’ve got an Android smartphone with an active mobile data connection, either 3G or 4G, you can share it with your PC through the tether feature. This will allow you to use your smartphone network connection to connect to the Internet on your computer.

shutterstock 155148947
© ponsulak / shutterstock

This connection can be done via a few ways: your device can act as a wireless hotspot, the signal can be transmitted via Bluetooth, or you can provide the connection by plugging in your smartphone via USB cable. The method we are highlighting works for any Android device running Android 2.2 or higher. If you’re unfortunately running Android 2.1 or lower, you can use an app such as PDANet or Easy Tether to do the same things.

Always remember: this comes at a cost. If you’ve got a limited data plan, you may find that you’ll eat up your monthly allotment much faster when tethered to a PC. If you’ve got an unlimited plan, go crazy!

  • Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More > Tethering & Portable Hotspots
© AndroidPIT
  • Tick the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot option and then click Setup Wi-Fi hotspot. You’ve also got the option for a Bluetooth and USB tethering options if you want to enable them instead. We’ll concentrate on the Wi-Fi option.
© AndroidPIT
  • This will enable to edit the network name you want displayed and choose a password. Once done, click Save.

Once done, you’ve got a hotspot being broadcast! Go to your PC and you should find it in your list of wireless networks.


Write new comment:
All changes will be saved. No drafts are saved when editing

  • Tell me you didn't write a whole article on how to turn tethering on?
    Next? Enable flight mode?

  •   5
    Deactivated Account Mar 17, 2014 Link to comment

    why do you list the link to download shadow box it does not work I have tried now for a month or so isn't that bad publicity for you to do this this is not the first time this has happened you all best get WITH IT shouldn't make comments if you can't follow through with it

  • I wouldn't have thought that the target audience of androidPIT is one, that needs a tutorial for such a trivial feature that has been there since the very first android version.

    • Totally agree with this.!!

    • Hi Dave and Arjun! Thanks for your feedback. You've raised a good question. AndroidPIT caters to advanced and beginner Android users alike, we aren't exclusive to those who have been around since the beginning of Android. For users who just got an Android phone recently, this piece of information is definitely helpful. Obviously for you as someone who has been with Android since the beginning, you know a lot more than a beginner. Have a great day!