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How to share the connection of your Android smartphone with another device?

How to share the connection of your Android smartphone with another device?

By  Bella Evans 2019-06-05 462 0

Your WiFi is down? Are you travelling and your friends don't have a package that includes international data? Do you feel like the charitable soul of an ISP? So learn to switch your smartphone to modem mode in order to create an Internet connection share between your phone and a computer, whether it's WiFi or USB, or another device.

It is not always possible to find a drinkable connection to surf from your computer. At these times, taking advantage of your 4G package can sometimes save the day and allow you to confirm an appointment by email, load a route, or just work properly under acceptable conditions. There are two methods for this, WiFi connection sharing and USB sharing. Convenient for troubleshooting a friend or connecting your computer if you can't find an acceptable WiFi network.

By its simplicity, this tutorial is mainly aimed at Android neophytes.

The tutorial was made with a Nokia 8 Sirocco running Android One. The method may vary slightly depending on your smartphone model, but the steps remain basically the same whether your smartphone is manufactured by Samsung, Huawei, Honor, OnePlus or any other Android manufacturer.

The easiest way to switch your phone to modem mode is to share your connection via WiFi.

To do this, simply go to the Device Settings, then to Network and Internet and click on Access Point and Connection Sharing.

Simply click on Wi-Fi Access Point to enable connection sharing. Any device can then connect to it, provided they have the password, as for any access point.

In Configure Wi-Fi Access Point, it is possible to change the name of the access point and configure the password required to connect (which is highly recommended). It is also possible, on some devices, to modify the compatible frequency bands or to program a deactivation after a certain time.

Note that once the connection sharing is properly configured in your Android settings, you can enable or disable it from this screen, but also often from the Quick Settings panel. On Samsung, for example, simply click on the "Mobile Access Point" tile, on a Huawei smartphone it is the "Wi-Fi Access Point" tile and for OnePlus simply "Access Point". This allows you to enable or disable this WiFi sharing on the fly.

It is also possible to share your connection via a USB cable, but we recommend the Wi-Fi method which is much simpler and works just as well. If you still want to use a cable, you will find the handling below.

For those who prefer the old-fashioned methods, you can also share your 3G/4G connection to a computer directly via USB, which also has the advantage of charging the phone at the same time, which is not a luxury given the energy cost of connection sharing. The operation is again very simple since you have to go back to the "Connection Sharing" menu of the phone settings. If the latter is connected in USB to a computer, the "Via USB" option will then be active.

On Windows or Linux, the phone should then be directly recognized as an access point and therefore appear in the connections available in the control panel as if it were a modem connected via Ethernet. On Mac OS X, however, the manipulation is not automatic and it is therefore advisable to use WiFi sharing. It seems that some solutions allow connection, such as HoRNDIS, but for the moment, no stable version allows compatibility with the latest version of the system (El Capitan).

This should allow you to finish your work on the train or look like the hero of the evening by providing a connection to your friends on the mobile network that is less efficient than yours.

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