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Android: how to share the 4G internet connection of the smartphone

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Sharing an Internet connection from an Android smartphone is both simple and practical. This allows you to use your mobile plan data on your tablet or computer. In this tutorial, we are going to proceed step by step so that you can configure an Internet connection sharing from your smartphone to another device in a jiffy.

Very practical option on Android, connection sharing allows you to transform your smartphone into a modem or hotspot. Your computer or tablet can then use the data plan of your smartphone to connect to the internet, provided you have a sufficient data plan.

Also read:the smartphone is the favorite device of 46% of French people to connect to the internet

Connection sharing on Android: how does it work?

Android like iOS allows you to easily transform your smartphone into a WiFi, Bluetooth and USB router. We can then use the 3G / 4G mobile data as internet connection and share it with the devices of your choice. WiFi, Bluetooth, USB … each connection mode has its particularities, advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into account depending on the situation.

At aconnection sharing via WiFiyour smartphone creates an ad hoc wireless network for which you can choose the name and password. The other devices connect to it like any other wireless router. The advantage of this connection mode is its simplicity. The downside is that you can't really control what connects to it. Which can lead to excessive data consumption.

The Bluetooth connection sharingbuilds on the specifics of this technology. The Bluetooth signal gate is relatively short, which limits the risk of unwanted connections. To connect your Bluetooth network, you must also pair the devices. In general, only one device can be connected via Bluetooth.

Theconnection sharing via USB changes the behavior of the USB-C port on your smartphone. So when you connect your smartphone to your computer, the latter detects a new network card and installs drivers – at least during the first connection. Once the configuration is done, the connection can be established. This method is the most secure, since it is impossible to connect via USB without your knowledge – and the fact that there is no wireless network limits the risk of hacking.

Note : Connection sharing via USB is only compatible with Windows and Linux PCs.

How to do connection sharing on Android

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The rest depends on whether you want to share your smartphone's internet connection via WiFi, Bluetooth or USB.

Wireless

Note : even if the interface allows it, it is strongly discouraged to choose Anyfor the security of the key. Like your home, opt for something more or less secure like WPA2 TKIP-AES. And a sufficiently complex key, especially in public places.

Bluetooth

USB

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It couldn't be simpler, after activating the corresponding connection sharing!

Wireless

Also read:WiFi connection issues – what to do if your smartphone stops connecting

Bluetooth

Also read:Bluetooth – pairing a headset on Android now connects it to your other devices, simultaneously

USB

Also read:USB type C, all about the universal connector of the future

Sharing your internet connection from a smartphone consumes a lot of battery. Some smartphones can limit this by automatically disabling the access point when no device is connected to it. In the other cases, to keep a little autonomy:

  • Recharge your smartphone as soon as possible from the mains or external battery
  • Manually deactivate connection sharing when it is no longer necessary

Also read:how to optimize your smartphone battery life

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