How many times have you been caught with the need to do something on your laptop when you’re out and about, but you don’t want to drop five bucks for a coffee to suck up some ”free” Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: just use your phone as a wireless router and share your phone’s data plan with your laptop, tablet, friend’s phone or even a desktop computer. Many phones are capable of operating as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot – the layout and options may just be a little different for allowing you to share Wi-Fi.
As unlimited data plans and LTE become more common and we lead increasingly mobile lives, it’s good to know a solid internet connection for your laptop is never further away than your pocket. It’s surprisingly simple to set up the ability to share data, and once you’ve used it a couple of times you’ll wonder why you ever thought an actual Wi-Fi hotspot was ever necessary. Just go to Settings > More > Tethering and Portable Hotspot. Here you’ll find a bunch of options you’ve probably never looked at before, and you’ll also find out that sharing Wi-Fi connection on Android is easy.
How to share data with USB Tethering
The first entry, USB Tethering allows you to use your phone’s data connection with a USB cable. This means you can charge your phone at the same time as sharing a stable data connection with, say, your laptop. It will most likely be grayed out but when you connect your phone to another device or computer via USB, it’ll…
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