Do you have a more or less comfortable data rate and want to use it with your computer or other devices? Not too complicated share the Internet from an Android or iPhone mobile: you can do ‘tethering’ via WiFi, via USB and even using Bluetooth. We explain all the steps to achieve it.
Mobile data rates are getting bigger and bigger, that’s a fact. Also unlimited data is starting to catch on, so it makes sense to want share this data with the computer, with another phone or, why not, with a Smart TV. Both Android and iOS provide services with which to share the Internet, which is known as ‘tethering’. It is extremely simple and you do not need applications: your Android or iPhone has everything you need.
How to share the Internet from an Android mobile
Google has been including native tethering in Android since version 4.1 (Android Jelly Bean). In general, all current Android phones have the option to become an access point in order to offer Internet to other devices that connect to the Android that delivers the data. And there are no applications to install since the mobile includes the function as standard.
To share your rate data from an Android you must do the following:
Go to your mobile settings and go to network connections. It is usually the first menu in the list (‘Networks and Internet’, ‘Connections’ …).
Look for the option to share the connection. The specific name may vary: ‘Connection Sharing and Modem’, ‘Wi-Fi Zone / Connection Sharing’ …
You have three ways to share the Internet: creating a WiFi access point, via Bluetooth and via USB.
Create a WiFi access point
It is the most universal way to share the Internet and also the one that we recommend since it won’t be difficult for you to configure it and it works for any device that access the network through a WiFi connection (almost all the usuals). This option turns your Android mobile into a router, like the one offered by operators when installing a line (technically it is an access point rather than a router).
Once you are inside sharing via WiFi you will see that you can configure different aspects (not all mobiles offer the same):
Choose the access point name or SSID. This way you will identify your mobile from the rest of the WiFi networks.
Select the access password. It is the one that you will have to write on the other devices in order to connect.
Configure network security. It is best that you choose WPA2.
Select the frequency. If you are going to connect recent devices choose 5 GHz: the connection will have higher speed. If you need more compatibility select 2.4 GHz.
Share data via Bluetooth
Internet shared via Bluetooth
This way of tethering is slower, but it may be the only one that works for you with certain devices. It is basically the same as the WiFi access point, although changing that wireless connectivity to Bluetooth.
Select Internet sharing via Bluetooth from the network options. The specific name of the option can be ‘Bluetooth modem’, ‘Share connection via Bluetooth’ or something similar.
Once the aforementioned tethering function is active, go to the Bluetooth settings and pair the device you want to connect to the Internet and your phone using the aforementioned Bluetooth.
Once paired, the device should detect the data connection to enable Internet access automatically.
Do tethering via USB
The third option that Android offers to share data is use the USB cable as a link between the phone and the computer. In this way the phone becomes a modem. And it provides Internet connection using the contracted rate.
The process is basically the same as in the two previous cases:
Connect the mobile and the other device (the most common is a computer) using a USB cable.
Enter the shared connection options, within the settings of your Android.
You will see that the option to share data via USB is active (it can only be used if a cable is connected). Turn it on.
The computer will configure the link to the phone as a modem. And Android will open the doors to the Internet making use of the tariff data.
How to share the Internet from an iPhone
We have already seen that tethering on Android is very simple since the option is available in the system and natively: there is no application to install. And in iOS it happens exactly the same: Apple includes the tool to share Internet with any device that has WiFi, Bluetooth or USB.
To share the data with other devices, whether they are Apple or not, you must perform the following steps:
Go to your iPhone settings (the gear icon).
Enter ‘Personal Access Point’.
Click on ‘Allow others to connect’. You will already be sharing the connection via WiFi.
Apple does not let you choose the name of the SSID, the type of security or whether the access point broadcasts in 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz: you can only configure the password. Choose the one you want.
Once you activate the shared connection, you can view it from another device with WiFi. The name of the re will be ‘iPhone de …’ And the name you gave to your mobile.
In this way you can share the connection with any device, be it an Android, TV, another iPhone or Mac. In addition, there are a couple of points to keep in mind:
Apple devices that you have registered with your iCloud account will have the option to access the shared connection of the iPhone without entering the password. In addition, they will see the shared connection of the iPhone even if you don’t activate it.
If you have an Apple account as a family all members can access your shared connection unless you specify otherwise.
Share your iPhone connection via Bluetooth
Apart from WiFi, you can share your data rate connection through Bluetooth. The process is simple, you only need the other device to also have that connectivity:
Go to the iPhone settings and enter Bluetooth.
Find the device you want to connect to and perform the pairing.
Activate the shared connection from ‘Personal Access Point’ and you will already be sharing your Internet connection.
Do tethering on the iPhone using USB
You can share your data rate by turning the iPhone into a modem for your computer. All you have to do is connect the phone using the cable and activate the shared connection. On the computer you must choose the iPhone as the modem, from the network options.
What to keep in mind before using tethering
Monitor the use you make with the shared Internet. If the devices need to be updated, they can consume several gigs without you noticing.
Not all rates support the option of Internet sharing. This is more noticeable in the unlimited: all operators specify a ‘reasonable data usage’. If you use the shared Internet they can block your connection.
Create an access point, especially WiFi, consumes a lot of battery. The best thing is that you try to keep it connected when you use tethering. Or you can use the USB connection if you have the opportunity: this way the mobile will recharge while sharing the data (be careful if you connect to a laptop without being plugged in).
Use maximum security in the mobile hotspot, just like you do on your home router. Choose a password that combines numbers, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and signs.