How to Enable Connection Sharing on Android

How to Enable Connection Sharing on Android

Connection sharing on Android is an existing feature on all Android devices that allows you to share a connection with one or more devices. Whether you have a Samsung, HTC, Huawei, Motorola or LG smartphone, the principle remains the same and the menu names change very little. Also known as Hotspot or Tethering, the procedure is very simple: here is how to create a hotspot on Android.

Connection sharing, tethering, hotspot

After explaining how to increase the speed of your mobile Internet connection and after explaining where to place your router to get a better connection, today we explain how to share your network. You’ll see? It’s childishly simple.

First of all, you’ve probably already come across terms bordering on esotericism such as “Tethering” or “Shared modem”. They all mean the same thing and refer to connection sharing from your Android smartphone. In effect, you create an access point (usually WiFi, but Bluetooth or USB is possible) to which another device connects. 

It’s called a hotspot access point. Its speed depends of course on your connection and your smartphone. Whether you want to share a connection on a Samsung Galaxy S8 or a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the concept remains the same: your Android smartphone becomes a kind of modem. 

How to share data with USB Tethering

USB Connection Sharing allows you to use your phone’s data connection with a USB cable. This means that you can charge your phone, and at the same time share a stable data connection with your laptop for example. It will probably be in the grayed out area, but when you connect your phone to another device or computer via USB, this option will become available.

How to share mobile data with Bluetooth Tethering

Tethering Bluetooth connection sharing works just like a normal Bluetooth connection, except that it is used to share access to the internet. These connection types also allow you to transfer data and other files via USB or Bluetooth connection. Of course in the second case, you must have your Bluetooth enabled and paired with another device in order to share your Internet. This will allow you to share data between phones or other Bluetooth devices.

How to enable connection sharing on Android

1. Go to the Network and Internet settings of your Android device

2. SelectPlus… or on Connection Sharing depending on your smartphone (Samsung, HTC, etc.). 

3. Select the corresponding submenu:Connection Sharing, Hotsport WiFi, Mobile Access Point or Tethering.


Hotspot Wifi, Tethering, Connection Sharing: all these names designate the same functionality. © ANDROIDPIT

4. Now you have to choose which method you want to use. Probably WiFi, so click Mobile WiFi Access Point or, depending on the model, press Mobile Access Point Settings.

5.Click Configure WiFi Access Pointto start connection sharing.


Prefer a password that is not too obvious, if you activate connection sharing one day by mistake, anyone could use it if 1234 works . © ANDROIDPIT

6. Here you can change the network name and password. I advise you to enter an obvious name so that you can find it easily, and a password (not too obvious this time). You can change these settings at any time anyway.

7.If the device you want to share the connection with fails to connect, try changing the channel (sometimes awkwardly translated as channel) in the advanced options.

There you go! Connect via WiFi with your computer, tablet or other device. Just treat this new network as usual. Of course, make sure you have the right package. If you launch even one HD video on YouTube, several GB of data can quickly fly away. Updates and downloading of large files as well is not necessarily indicated. One last thing: plug in your smartphone that shares its connection, its battery will thank you. 

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It’s a simple process but you may have encountered problems with specific smartphone models or older Android versions, so please feel free to tell us about them and we’ll do our best to help you.

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