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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Android Phone USB Tethering for Shared PC Internet Access

Believe it or not, Google engineers were thoughtful enough to include an easy way to tether your Android-based SmartPhone to a computer and share the Internet through your data plan. Most folks think you need a special app for that, but this free feature already resides on your Android phone. In this tutorial guide, Benchmark Reviews walks you through a few simple steps to use an Android SmartPhone to tether with a computer for shared Internet access using the USB cable.

This is a very simple guide, and does not require 'rooting' your phone or downloading software. It just requires your USB cable, the same one used to charge the phone, and a computer in need of Internet access.


Android Tether Instructions

  1. Connect your Google Android phone to a computer via USB cable
  2. Open Settings then select Wireless & Networks
  3. Scroll down and select Tethering & portable hotspot
  4. Select USB tethering to enable the USB tethering service

That's it, you're done! At this point, your computer will automatically treat the phone as a network Internet source. There are no special settings or configuration needed. Please note that Internet speeds will depend on your phone's data plan, and wireless coverage in your area. Benchmark Reviews also offers a guide on how to configure your Android phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

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# Thank youBill Egge 2011-10-19 04:46
Thank you, this is very helpful. We travel a lot in the car and my daughter likes to watch netflix on her netbook. Now she can do it in the car. Also, I would be able to connect to my office network when out. I will forward this post to my computer friend who also has an android phone.
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# not every carriergodrilla 2011-10-19 05:49
Feature does not work on tmobile phones though tried it on my g2. My wifi hotspot feature works and is free of charge.
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# Works great on my T-Mobile PhoneHank Tolman 2011-10-24 08:26
I have the Galaxy S through T-Mobile and it works great. I use it all the time. I have a traditional plan and the data slows down after I use 5GB, though. With a new unlimited plan, it will slow down after 2GB on T-Mobile.
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# For an additional charge, of course...opckieran 2011-10-19 09:50
I mean seriously, it's a shame that U.S. ISPs think they can get away with this nonsense. That plus data usage caps makes tethering nearly useless.
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# RE: Android USB Tethering Shared Internet AccessDaryl Greene 2011-11-01 14:48
I don't know about anyone else, but my Incredible doesn't have "Tethering & portable hotspot" under Wireless & Networks,
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# RE: RE: Android USB Tethering Shared Internet AccessOlin Coles 2011-11-01 15:41
I think that the HTC Incredible uses an old version of Andriod, so if you update the OS it could be possible.
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# RE: Android USB Tethering Shared Internet AccessRob 2012-01-27 12:58
What about going the OTHER way? I have a WiFi only tablet and my work does not have a wireless network in place. I'd like to connect my tablet to the 'net through my computer. Is THAT possible?
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# shame on u mr androidvinod 2012-03-01 07:08
i was always a nokia coustomer but i bought my first android phone lg gt 540 the worst phone that i have ever used coz connecting my phone with pc have lots of prob i cant share my mobile internet with pc for that either i have to pay a lots off money for purchasing that bull # pdanet... nokia is the best they have their best pc suit we can explore each and every feature without any troubel
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# how dosr connect internet from mobile to pckapil 2012-03-17 03:32
I'm use htc explorer. I cannot connect the internet mobile to pc
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# RE: how dosr connect internet from mobile to pcNikhil 2012-05-14 04:08
there is usb tethering or not?
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# computer internet sharingNikhil 2012-05-01 07:33
how to share a computer internet to android phone?
pls give answer............
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# how to use computer internet in android phone?lokhaanand 2012-08-16 08:22
how to share my pc internet with my android phone i use samsung galaxy ace it is easy to use the mobile network in pc but i need its inverse pc inter net in mobile can u help me out with this if have answer for this plz give me the answer i have a broad band connection in my pc but my mobile network cost me more so if possible to use the pc internet in mobile share with me that trikes thank u i hope u will find me away for this thanks again...
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# RE: Android USB Tethering Shared Internet Accesshesham 2012-08-31 04:46
thank you ...really helpful.
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# ilaila 2012-09-02 04:00
plz that work on HTC DesireS?
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# haisiva 2012-10-09 08:02
hai boss
thankyou very much
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# does not works with xp osharpal barot 2013-06-10 11:52
It is not poccible to tether between ur mobile n windows xp os.. we must have windows 7 or upper version
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