You can do a lot of cool things with your phone! Phones have this fantastic ability to connect to the internet as long as you are within range of a wireless network provider.
Did you know that your carrier data can be shared with any other device? With a few simple steps, you can turn your phone into a mobile hotspot and tether data to a friend nearby.
So, you may be wondering, "How does tethering work?"
What exactly is Data Tethering?
Data tethering is the process of converting your mobile phone into a modem. Effectively, you can turn on your mobile hotspot from your phone's settings app, under cellular, which creates a mobile network (seen under Wi-Fi connections).
Your phone will generate a password that you can share, and anyone with your password will be able to connect to your portable Wi-Fi hotspot via data usage.
There are several types of tethering, which are as follows:
- Tethering over Wi-Fi
As previously stated, Wi-Fi tethering is one of the most common types of tethering. You effectively create a Wi-Fi hotspot with your wireless data and then allow another device to connect to the temporary Wi-Fi network you've created.
This means that a laptop, tablet, or computer within range of your phone is connected to the internet. While Wi-Fi tethering is generally quite fast, it depletes your battery quickly.
- Tethering via Bluetooth
Bluetooth tethering can be enabled on an Android phone when it is connected to another Android device. It's essentially the same process as setting up a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, but the binding connection is now made using Bluetooth technology.
Keep in mind that this will still consume data and that the connection speed will be slower than on the primary device. While Bluetooth tethering is slower than other types of tethering, it is more battery efficient.
- Tethering via USB
When you use a USB cable to connect a phone to another phone, tablet, or laptop, you are tethering. USB tethering works best with another phone.
The USB connection provides the strongest and most direct internet connection, but it can be taxing on your device.
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