Knowing how to share mobile internet with a Mac or Windows computer can come in real handy, especially when Wi-Fi is not readily available. Just like an iPhone can be tethered to a Mac when there's no Wi-Fi, Android devices also let users tether their smartphone's internet connection with any Windows laptop via USB and Bluetooth. Connecting a phone and a PC via a cable can be a little unwieldy, while internet connectivity via Bluetooth can be real slow. Therefore, creating a "Wi-Fi hotspot" with your smartphone is the only option that's both fast and uncomplicated.
The process of tethering an Android device with a Windows 11 computer is simple and only requires a few clicks on the part of the user. What's more, it works on older versions of Windows as well, including Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and so on. As long as the Android device has cellular data, it can be tethered to virtually any Windows computer that has a Wi-Fi adapter. Of course, once the mobile hotspot is set up on the phone, the connection can be used by virtually any other device, including a Windows PC, a Mac, an iPhone, or a second Android device.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
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The easiest way to share an Android smartphone's cellular data connection with a Windows 11 PC is to switch on the "Hotspot" option from the phone's Quick Settings panel. To do that, swipe down from the top of the phone's home screen. Some devices might require the user to swipe down twice for the full Quick Settings panel to be visible. Now tap on the button that says Hotspot, and the cellular data connection of that phone will be available for use on any compatible device. However, this will only work once the hotspot has been set up and configured with an SSID and a password.
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To configure the mobile hotspot, users will need to go to Settings > Network & internet > Hotspot & Tethering and then switch on the toggle next to 'Portable Hotspot' (also called 'Wi-Fi Hotspot' on some devices). Next, tap on the 'Configure Hotspot' option to configure various security options, including the hotspot's name, security type, and the password that will be required to use the connection. Once all the fields are completed, hit 'Save' to create a mobile hotspot that can be used by authorized devices, including other smartphones and PCs.
To use this mobile hotspot on a Windows 11 computer, simply go to Wi-Fi options on the PC and connect to it like any standard Wi-Fi connection. To do that, click on the Wi-Fi icon in the System Tray and select the mobile hotspot as your internet option. Then just fill in the password and hit 'Connect' to establish the connection. When not in use, it is advisable to switch off the mobile hotspot for security reasons, as well as to save the phone's battery life.
If the Wi-Fi hotspot isn't working for some reason, a USB cable can be used to share internet between the Android phone and the Windows 11 device. To do this, connect the PC and the phone using a compatible USB-C or microUSB cable. Then go to Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & Tethering on the phone and switch on 'USB Tethering.' As with any wired Ethernet connection, there's no need for passwords and the internet can be accessed through the PC the moment the USB tethering option is enabled on the phone.
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