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How To Share a 3G and 4G Mobile Connection on Android

If you need to connect to the internet, but your box is down and you have no WiFi connection, this article will provide a quick solution. If you have a data plan on your mobile phone, you can share this network to get connected to the internet on other devices.

Share Your Internet Connection

Since the release of Android 2.2, it is possible to share a data connection from your smartphone using it in modem mode with just a few clicks.

N.B. It is best to ensure that you have enough data in your plan before sharing the connection. It can be quite expensive if not, especially if the connected device is a computer.

First, connect your phone to your tablet or PC via USB. Then, go to the phone settings and find the Wireless and network option. Next, depending on your version of Android, go to the Connection Sharing menu or equivalent:

Once on this screen, 3 sharing modes are available to you:

Share via WiFi Hotspot

The 1st mode turns your smartphone into WiFi hotspot. You will need to set the SSID, that is to say, the name of the WiFi network as well as the password to secure it. Once done, just connect to this new network from your other device.

Share via USB

The 2nd mode is mainly used for desktop computers, which usually do not have WiFi chip. Your smartphone will offer different types of connections, depending on the version of Android or the smartphone. None, as its name suggests, will cut the sharing. Smart Sharing automatically enables sharing as soon as you connect the smartphone to USB. Modem shares the telephone network with the PC. Internet Relay, on the other hand, shares the PC connection with the phone.

Share via Bluetooth

The last mode is similar to WiFi sharing: once activated, you have to find the Bluetooth connection from the second device. Once entering the password to your shared mobile network, you will be able to access it access the internet.

N.B. Depending on the version of Android installed on your smartphone, the menus may be different from those listed in this tip.

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