Tag: Android

Why computer can’t connect to Wi-Fi Hotspot on Android phone for a long time (SOLVED)

Why my computer cannot connect to the Android mobile Wi-Fi hotspot for a long time

After updating Android, I ran into a problem that the computer sees a mobile hotspot, but at the same time:

1. It does not try to connect to it automatically

2. When I select the Access Point manually, an attempt is made to connect, which ends in failure after about a minute

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Additional symptoms of the problem:

3. Before the Android update on the phone, connecting to the Hotspot was fast and without problems

4. The computer can sometimes connect to the mobile hotspot

5. New devices quickly connect to Hotspot on Android without problems

One reason for this behavior could be a new setting that allows you to use an arbitrary MAC address for the mobile hotspot.

How to set permanent or random MAC address for Hotspot on Android

Go to Settings → Connections → Mobile Hotspot and Tethering → Mobile Hotspot.

Click the “Configure” button.

Click the “Advanced” button.

Look for “MAC address type”.

There are two options to choose from:

  • Randomized MAC
  • Phone MAC

If you select the first option (“Randomized MAC”), a random MAC address will be generated for the created Mobile Access Point. If you select the second option (“Phone MAC”), the permanent MAC address of the phone will be used for the created mobile hotspot.

Select “Phone MAC”, save the settings and check if this solves the problem with the slow connection to the Hotspot on Android.

What is the “Randomized MAC” setting for? Is it safe to turn it off

The question may arise, why is the “Randomized MAC” setting enabled by default, which creates serious problems when connecting to a mobile hotspot? Perhaps it is very important and should not be disabled?

The MAC address of each device must be unique. More precisely, each network interface (one device, including a phone, can have several network interfaces) must have a unique MAC address. This MAC address allows you to distinguish one device from another. You can also find out the manufacturer of the device by the MAC address (for example, Samsung, Apple, and so on).

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Enabling the “Randomized MAC address” setting makes it so that for a hypothetical third-party observer, an Access Point is created each time on a device unfamiliar to him.

But you need to remember that each Access Point has the following identifiers:

  1. Device MAC address (BSSID)
  2. Access Point Name (ESSID)

That is, if you are really concerned about privacy issues, then in addition to enabling the “Randomized MAC” setting, you also need to change the network name every time, otherwise the “Randomized MAC” setting loses all meaning.

In fact, most users just do not need to enable the “Randomized MAC” setting. Enabling the “Randomized MAC” setting without taking other measures (for example, changing the network name each time the AP is created) does not make much sense. But at the same time, other devices that, when connected to the AP, can be guided by its MAC address, begin to experience connection problems.

In short, if you do not have a clear understanding of what exactly you need the “Randomized MAC” setting for and/or you do not take other steps to make it difficult for your phone to be identified as an AP and at the same time you are experiencing problems connecting to a mobile AP, then you can safely disable this setting.

If your devices connect to the mobile AP without problems with the “Randomized MAC” setting enabled, you can leave it enabled.

Do I need to enable the setting “Support Wi-Fi 6 standard”

If after changing the MAC address type setting, your computer or other devices continue to experience problems connecting to the Mobile Hotspot, then pay attention to the following two settings.

The first setting is “Support Wi-Fi 6 standard”. This item is located in: Settings → Connections → Mobile Hotspot and Tethering → Mobile Hotspot → Configure → Advanced → Support Wi-Fi 6 standard.

Support Wi-Fi 6 standard” brings many technical improvements and data transfer speeds. But that's in theory. If, in practice, your devices cannot connect to the Access Point with the “Support Wi-Fi 6 standard” setting enabled, then disable it.

Choose “2.4 GHz” or “5 GHz”?

In theory, Wi-Fi at 5 GHz is faster. This is due both to the technical characteristics of the 5 GHz channels and to the fact that these channels are currently less crowded. However, in practice, the transmission area of a 5 GHz Wi-Fi signal is less than 2.4 GHz. Some older devices do not support 5 GHz operation. Some devices, even those that support 5 GHz, are slower to find the Access Point at these frequencies.

Although it is recommended to select the 5 GHz band in the Access Point settings, if you are not satisfied with the quality of the mobile Access Point, you can change the Frequency Band of your Access Point. To do this, go to: Settings → Connections → Mobile Hotspot and Tethering → Mobile Hotspot → Configure → Band. There you will be presented with a choice of:

  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz preferred

Switch to “2.4 GHz” and see if that solves your problem.

How to change the country in the Play Store

Features of changing the country in the Play Store

You can change the country in the phone in different ways, depending on the specific task. For example, to change the country for websites, it is enough to use a proxy or VPN.

To change the country for applications using GPS, you can use one of the applications that fake GPS data:

  • Mock GPS With Joystick
  • Mock Locations
  • Fake GPS – ByteRev
  • Fake GPS Go Location Spoofer
  • GPS Emulator – RosTeam
  • Fake GPS Location – Hola
  • Fake GPS Location – Lexa

But none of these methods are suitable for the Play Store, Google's mobile app store for Android phones.

Why you need to change the country in the Play Store

Some applications are available only in certain countries, or, on the contrary, are available in all countries with the exception of some. That is, by changing your country in the Play Store, a slightly different set of applications becomes available for you to install. However, most apps are equally available in all countries and you may not notice any difference when you change the country in the Play Store.

Also, depending on the country in the Play Store, the available payment methods for purchasing applications in the Play Store may vary.

Depending on the selected country in the Play Store, the list of applications of a regional nature may change: applications for various government services, banking and brokerage services, instant messengers.

Restrictions on changing the country of the Play Store

You can change the country no more than once a year.

After creating a payment profile, you also need to wait 12 months to change the country.

After changing the country, the changes cannot be undone. You can return to the previous country after a year.

If you're changing your country to access apps, books, games, movies, and TV shows that aren't available in your country, remember that some of these may also become unavailable when you change your country.

To change the country you must be in the new country and have a payment method in it.

Your Google Play Balance is linked to your Google Play country. If you have a Google Play Balance and change country, you won't be able to use that balance in your new country. At the same time, the balance is not reset – in the case of a return to the previous country, this balance becomes available again.

Step-by-step instructions for changing the country in the Play Store

Open Play Store.

Click on your profile photo.

Select “Settings”.

Select “General”.

Select “Account and device preferences”.

In the “Country and profiles” section, select the country you want to add to your account.

Follow the instructions on the screen to add a payment method for this country.

It may take up to 48 hours for your profile to update.

Why is the country change not available in the Play Store?

The option to change country may not be available in the Play Store. This may be for the following reasons:

1. Over the past year, you have already changed the country

2. You are not currently in a new country, this is based on your IP address.

3. You are part of the Google Play Family Library.

Setting up Android for battery saving

What settings should be enabled on an Android phone to reduce battery consumption

What settings do you need to enable in your mobile phone so that it is enough for a long trip or flight? What should I do if my phone's battery runs out too quickly? This guide is dedicated to answering these questions.

Enabling battery saving in quick settings on the curtain

Part of the settings can be done in the curtain. The red color indicates features that are not normally required for a trip and turning off which will help save a lot of energy. Yellow color indicates settings that can be turned off to reduce battery consumption, but not all users will want to give up these functions. Green color indicates the settings, the activation of which allows you to reduce battery consumption.

Remember, it's up to you to decide whether or not to disable a particular feature based on your needs and conditions – below are the settings for maximum battery savings.

Turn off “Wi-Fi” and “Bluetooth”. If you do not plan to use the Internet, then turn off “Mobile data” as well.

Turn on “Power saving”.

Disable:

  • Quick Share
  • Nearby Share
  • Mobile Hotspot

Turn off “Location” and “NFC”. If you wish, disable “Sync” (responsible for the background uploading of contacts and other data to the cloud, receiving e-mail and some other functions).

Enable battery saver in settings

Now go to phone settings.

Display settings

Go to Display → Screen resolution and select the minimum resolution.

Decrease the “Screen timeout” value (this is the time after which the screen goes blank when there is no user activity).

If desired, turn off “Adaptive brightness” and select a lower display brightness.

Go to the “Motion smoothness” section.

And choose “Standard”. Click the “Apply” button.

Connections settings

Go to settings Connections → Mobile networks.

In “Network mode SIM”, check if 5G support is enabled.

If there are no 5G networks in your country, then select the option without 5G from the drop-down list so that the phone does not waste time and energy searching for such networks.

Go to settings section Connections → More connection settings.

Pay attention to the “Nearby device scanning” setting.

Disable this feature if you don't need it while traveling.

Device care settings

Go to Device care → Battery.

Go to “More battery settings”.

Turn on “Adaptive battery”. Turn on “Fast charging” and “Super fast charging”.

Go to the “Processing speed” section.

Select “Optimized”.

Advanced features settings

Go to settings section Advanced features → Video brightness.

Select “Normal”.

Tips for long trips:

  1. In airplanes, airports, trains and buses in some countries, you can find USB sockets for charging mobile phones.
  2. If you are traveling with a laptop, then while it is running, connect your phone via USB cable – this will recharge it.
  3. Consider purchasing a Power Bank (external batteries) with which you can recharge mobile phones and other gadgets.

How to watch IPTV on your phone

How to watch digital TV on your phone

There are many applications for Android with which you can watch digital TV from various Internet providers. These applications can be installed on the set-top box and even on tablets and mobile phones.

I have selected two of the best applications for watching IPTV on Android. Both of them are free and allow you to add channel lists to .m3u both from a URL link and from local files.

See also: How to connect to digital TV from a computer in Linux (IPTV, DVB-IP and TVoIP)

Best apps to watch IPTV on Android:

  • Simple IPTV
  • LazyIptv Deluxe

How to watch digital TV in Simple IPTV

Install and run Simple IPTV.

The Simple IPTV application manages TV channel lists, but playback starts in an external player.

Open Simple IPTV settings.

Select the desired player to play.

If you do not have any of the listed streaming players installed, then install any of the following list:

  • MX Player
  • BSPlayer
  • VLC

To add a new channel list in .m3u format, click the “+” button

Choose one of the options:

  • Open file – open a file on the device
  • Add URL – open a list of channels on the Internet

For example, if you have previously downloaded TV channel lists, then select “Open file”. Find the .m3u files on your device and open them.

The first channel list has been added – to open it, tap on it.

If desired, you can add any number of TV channel lists.

To start watching IPTV, click on the channel list and select the channel you are interested in.

IPTV on phone:

Information about IPTV channel stream in VLC:

How to watch digital TV in LazyIptv Deluxe

LazyIptv Deluxe is an alternative to the previous program. If you are satisfied with the previous program, then you do not need to install both at once – you can skip this section.

However, LazyIptv Deluxe has some advantages that you may be interested in: the program is translated into various languages, the program has a built-in player, so you do not need to install a third-party streaming player, although you can use an external player instead of the built-in one.

Install and run LazyIptv Deluxe.

Click the PLAYLISTS button.

To add a new list of TV channels, press the “+” button

Enter playlist name (optional), enter its URL. If you want to open the list of TV channels located on the device itself, then press the button indicated by the arrow.

Specify the path to the .m3u file and open it.

To confirm your choice, press the button indicated by the arrow.

You can add any number of IPTV TV channel lists.

To watch digital TV, tap on the list of channels – a list of TV channels from this list will open.

Tap on the channel name to start playing.

You will be prompted to select a player to play the channel.

IPTV on phone:

Information about the IPTV channel in the built-in player LazyIptv Deluxe (Exoplayer):

Internet via Bluetooth in Linux: how to set up and why the speed is slow

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up an Internet connection via Bluetooth in Linux, as well as why the Internet speed via Bluetooth is slow.

How to connect my computer to the Internet through my phone via Bluetooth

Internet via Bluetooth is one of the options for using a mobile phone to access the Internet from a computer. Looking ahead, we note that this is not the best option because:

1) the connection speed will be quite slow,

2) the setup, although generally simple, is slightly more complicated than other connection options

As alternative methods for accessing the Internet from a computer via a mobile phone, the following are recommended:

If your computer does not have Wi-Fi and you do not have a USB data cable for connecting your phone by wire, then the method described in this article is suitable for you – accessing the Internet via the mobile phone's Bluetooth tethering.

The connection algorithm is as follows:

  1. Pairing your phone and computer via Bluetooth
  2. Turning on the Bluetooth tethering on the phone
  3. Setting up a computer, which consists in connecting to the phone's Bluetooth tethering (selecting Bluetooth as the Access point)

So, let's look at how to connect a computer to the Internet through Bluetooth and your mobile phone in Linux.

Checking and starting the Bluetooth service

Connecting a mobile phone to a computer via Bluetooth is called pairing.

Check if the Bluetooth service is running on your computer – to do this, connect your Bluetooth device (if it is disconnected) and look for the Bluetooth icon next to the clock:

The Bluetooth service status can be checked on the command line:

systemctl status bluetooth

If the status of the service is other than “active (running)” and you do not see the Bluetooth tray icon, then you need to execute the following commands from this section. If the service is running, skip the following commands and skip directly to the next section to pair your phone with your computer.

Install required packages in Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Kali Linux and their derivatives:

sudo apt install bluez blueman

Install required packages in Arch Linux, Manjaro, BlackArch and their derivatives:

sudo pacman -S bluez bluez-utils pulseaudio-bluetooth blueman

The following commands are the same for all distributions.

Start bluetooth service:

sudo systemctl start bluetooth

Adding it to startup:

sudo systemctl enable bluetooth

Connecting a mobile phone to a computer via Bluetooth (phone pairing)

Turn on Bluetooth on your mobile phone.

Both a mobile phone and a computer can initiate pairing.

On your mobile phone or computer, search for Bluetooth devices.

If the devices do not see each other, then start searching for devices at the same time on the computer and mobile phone.

When the desired device is found, click on it to start pairing.

A prompt will appear on your mobile phone to establish pairing – agree to this proposal.

   

After that, on the computer it will be proposed to pair with the phone – agree (“Confirm”). If you are prompted to connect by someone else's device, then reject the request (“Deny”).

Immediately after pairing, or at the next connection, an authentication request will be made – the options are “Always accept” and “Accept”. The “Deny” button means rejecting the request.

After pairing, and also if you have selected the “Always accept authentication” option, the devices will connect to each other automatically as soon as Bluetooth is enabled on them.

Turning on the Bluetooth tethering

Go to the settings of your phone, this can be done by unrolling the curtain from top to bottom and clicking the gear icon.

Further, the name of the settings items may differ on different phone models, but the essence will be the same everywhere.

Go to the “Connections” section.

Find the item “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” there.

Turn on “Bluetooth tethering”.

   

Connect to a Bluetooth tethering on a computer

Your computer's network settings should now show an option for Bluetooth, Mobile broadband, or similar.

Activate this connection so that the computer starts using the Internet via Bluetooth.

You can turn on the Bluetooth connection directly on the computer, bypassing the steps to turn on the Bluetooth tethering on the phone as shown above – in this case, the phone will prompt you to Allow Bluetooth tethering.

Why is the Internet speed slow over Bluetooth

When successfully connecting to the Internet via Bluetooth, the first thing you may notice is the speed of the connection. On the most modern Bluetooth 5.* protocols, it is up to 1.4 megabits per second (2 megabits per second at the moment). As you can see from the screenshot, the speedtest.net Internet connection speed test showed a speed of 1.66 megabits per second.

This is 210-220 kilobytes per second, if these units are more familiar to you. This is very slow, and on Bluetooth versions 4.* the speed is only 800 kilobits per second, that is, 2 times slower.

See also: How to find out the Bluetooth version for the adapter and peripherals in Linux

Thus, if the speed of the Internet via Bluetooth is too slow for you, all you can do to increase the speed of the Internet via Bluetooth is to switch to the Bluetooth 5.* protocol (both devices – the phone and the computer – must support this protocol). If this speed is not enough for you, then use Wi-Fi or data transfer via USB:

How to use an Android phone to access the Internet on a computer without Wi-Fi in Linux

In the article “How to share mobile Internet with other phones and computers”, we already talked about how to use a mobile phone as an Access Point, but what if the computer does not have a Wi-Fi adapter or drivers are not installed for it?

This article is devoted to the answer to this question – it tells how to connect a computer to the mobile Internet using a USB cable.

In fact, this method is even simpler than creating a mobile hotspot.

How to Use Android Phone as USB Tethering in Linux

As you can see in the screenshot, the computer does not have an Internet connection.

Start by connecting your phone to your computer with a USB cable.

Then go to the settings of your phone, this can be done by unrolling the curtain from top to bottom and clicking the gear icon.

Further, the name of the settings items may differ on different phone models, but the essence will be the same everywhere.

Go to the “Connections” section.

Find the item “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” there.

Turn on “USB tethering”.

Everything is ready – now your computer is online and can connect to the Internet. You can install Wi-Fi drivers or perform other network actions that you need.

No additional configuration is required on the computer. Now the computer is connected to the network – the USB tethering connection has a wired connection icon.

What to do if the USB modem item is not active or missing

The USB modem item may be inactive in two cases:

  1. The phone is not connected to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. USB cable does not support data transfer

Try another USB cable – the one that came with the phone should support data transfer.

Things to remember when using a mobile phone for the Internet

  1. Please note that if the phone is not connected to Wi-Fi, then mobile data will be used – if you do not have an unlimited data plan, then this will cost you money.
  2. You can connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network and still use it as a USB modem. The result is that your computer is using Wi-Fi through your phone, and not mobile data.
  3. If, when you turn on the USB modem, there is still no Internet access on the computer, then check if other network connections are disabled: for example, via Wi-Fi or by wire, the computer can be connected to a router that does not have Internet (disabled for non-payment or damaged cable).
  4. If you disconnect the phone from the USB cable, and then connect it to the computer again, you will need to turn USB tethering on again in the phone each time
  5. While the mobile phone is operating as a USB modem, you cannot send and receive files from it

How to enable file transfer between computer and phone

When the USB modem is enabled, it is not possible to exchange files between the computer and the phone.

In order to make it possible to copy files, you can disconnect the phone from the computer, and then reconnect and, when asked for permission to transfer files, provide it.

Another option is to disable the USB modem and enable data transfer (or only charging) in the phone settings without disconnecting it from the USB cable. To do this, open the curtain and expand the notification “USB tethering turned on”.

Click to configure the USB connection to the corresponding label.

Instead of “USB tethering” select “USB tethering” or “Charging phone only”.

How to connect a computer to the Internet via Bluetooth in Windows

Table of contents

1. How to connect my computer to the Internet through my phone via Bluetooth

2. Connecting a mobile phone to a computer via Bluetooth (phone pairing)

3. Turning on the Bluetooth tethering

4. Connect to a Bluetooth tethering on a computer

5. How to Disconnect from a Bluetooth Connection

5.1 To turn off Bluetooth Internet on a computer

5.2 To turn off Bluetooth Internet on your mobile phone

6. “The connection with the Bluetooth network device failed” error

7. Why is the Internet speed slow over Bluetooth


In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up an Internet connection via Bluetooth in Windows, as well as why the Internet speed via Bluetooth is slow.

1. How to connect my computer to the Internet through my phone via Bluetooth

Internet via Bluetooth is one of the options for using a mobile phone to access the Internet from a computer. Looking ahead, we note that this is not the best option because:

1) the connection speed will be quite slow,

2) the setup, although generally simple, is slightly more complicated than other connection options

As alternative methods for accessing the Internet from a computer via a mobile phone, the following are recommended:

If your computer does not have Wi-Fi and you do not have a USB data cable for connecting your phone by wire, then the method described in this article is suitable for you – accessing the Internet via the mobile phone's Bluetooth tethering.

The connection algorithm is as follows:

  1. Pairing your phone and computer via Bluetooth
  2. Turning on the Bluetooth tethering on the phone
  3. Setting up a computer, which consists in connecting to the phone's Bluetooth tethering (selecting Bluetooth as the Access point)

So, let's look at how to connect a computer to the Internet through Bluetooth and your mobile phone in Windows.

2. Connecting a mobile phone to a computer via Bluetooth (phone pairing)

Turn on Bluetooth in Windows if you haven't already. This can be done by clicking on the network connection button next to the clock.

In Windows, right-click on the Bluetooth icon and select “Go to Settings” from the context menu that opens.

Click the “Add device” button.

In the window that opens, select “Bluetooth”.

Turn on Bluetooth on your mobile phone.

Start Scan for Bluetooth devices.

If the devices do not see each other, then start searching for devices at the same time on the computer and mobile phone. If you don't succeed the first time, try again.

When the desired device is found, click on it to start pairing.

Do the same on the computer.

A prompt will appear on your mobile phone to establish pairing – agree to this proposal.

Do the same on the computer – click the “Yes” button.

Make sure the connection was successful.

If the connection fails, try again.

3. Turning on the Bluetooth tethering

Go to the settings of your phone, this can be done by unrolling the curtain from top to bottom and clicking the gear icon.

Further, the name of the settings items may differ on different phone models, but the essence will be the same everywhere.

Go to the “Connections” section.

Find the item “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” there.

Turn on “Bluetooth tethering”.

   

4. Connect to a Bluetooth tethering on a computer

Right-click on the “Network” icon and select “Network and Internet settings” in the context menu that opens.

In the window that opens, select “Advanced network settings”.

Then select “More network adapter options”.

In the Network Connections window, find Bluetooth Network Connection, right-click it and select View Bluetooth Network Devices.

In the “Devices and Printers” window that opens, find the phone, right-click on it. In the context menu, select “Connect using” and select “Access point” in the list that opens.

After that, the computer will be connected to the Internet via the Bluetooth of the mobile phone.

5. How to Disconnect from a Bluetooth Connection

To turn off Bluetooth Internet on a computer

Right-click on the “Network” icon (next to the clock) → Advanced network settings → More network adapter options → Right-click on “Bluetooth Network Connection” → select “View Bluetooth Network Devices” from the context menu.

In the “Devices and Printers” window that opens, find the phone, right-click on it. Select “Disconnect from device network” from the context menu.

To turn off Bluetooth Internet on your mobile phone

Go to Settings → Connections → Bluetooth.

Click on the gear of the connection you are using.

Turn off “Internet connection sharing”.

6. “The connection with the Bluetooth network device failed” error

At the stage “4. Connect to a Bluetooth tethering on a computer” you may encounter an error:

The connection with the Bluetooth network device failed. The device may already be connected to another computer, or it may need to be configured to accept connections from this computer. Consult your device documentation for further information.

It usually means that you did not follow the steps described in step “3. Turning on the Bluetooth tethering”.

On the phone, you will be prompted to “Allow Bluetooth tethering”, if you select “Allow”, then the reconnection will be successful.

7. Why is the Internet speed slow over Bluetooth

When successfully connecting to the Internet via Bluetooth, the first thing you may notice is the speed of the connection. On the most modern Bluetooth 5.* protocols, it is up to 1.4 megabits per second (2 megabits per second at the moment). As you can see from the screenshot, the speedtest.net Internet connection speed test showed a speed of 1.66 megabits per second.

This is 210-220 kilobytes per second, if these units are more familiar to you. This is very slow, and on Bluetooth versions 4.* the speed is only 800 kilobits per second, that is, 2 times slower.

See also: How to check Bluetooth version in Windows

Thus, if the speed of the Internet via Bluetooth is too slow for you, all you can do to increase the speed of the Internet via Bluetooth is to switch to the Bluetooth 5.* protocol (both devices – the phone and the computer – must support this protocol). If this speed is not enough for you, then use Wi-Fi or data transfer via USB:

How to connect your phone to the Internet using another phone’s Bluetooth

How to share mobile Internet for another phone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Using Bluetooth, a mobile phone can share the Internet (share an Internet connection) with another phone or computer. The speed of Bluetooth is quite slow, so it is recommended to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone and distribute the Internet through it, see how to do this in the article “How to share mobile Internet with other phones and computers”.

If Wi-Fi for some reason does not suit you, then you can distribute the Internet via Bluetooth. Scenario example: An Internet donor phone is connected via Wi-Fi to an Access Point. You need to connect a second phone to the Internet, but you can't or don't want to do it over Wi-Fi. In this case, as a temporary connection, you can distribute the Internet via Bluetooth.

How to share the Internet via Bluetooth

Start by pairing phones via Bluetooth.

To do this, turn on Bluetooth on both phones and click the “Search” button.

To go to the Bluetooth settings, press and hold the Bluetooth icon that you previously used to turn on Bluetooth.

In the Available devices list, select the phone you want to pair with.

On both phones, tap “Pair”.

After that, on the phone that you want to connect via Bluetooth to the Internet, click the gear icon opposite the donor phone that will distribute the Internet.

In the window that opens, activate “Internet access”.

Then return to the donar phone – on the screen of which a request will appear to allow the Bluetooth tethering mode, click the “Allow” button.

If you get confused as to which phone has a Bluetooth tethering enabled and which one is using the Internet via Bluetooth, then the Bluetooth connection setting for the donor phone will say “Internet connection sharing”.

And on a phone that uses the Internet via Bluetooth, it will say “Internet access”.

How to use an Android phone to access the Internet on a computer without Wi-Fi

In the article “How to share mobile Internet with other phones and computers”, we already talked about how to use a mobile phone as an Access Point, but what if the computer does not have a Wi-Fi adapter or drivers are not installed for it?

This article is devoted to the answer to this question – it tells how to connect a computer to the mobile Internet using a USB cable.

In fact, this method is even simpler than creating a mobile hotspot.

How to Use Android Phone as USB Tethering in Windows

As you can see in the screenshot, the computer does not have an Internet connection.

Start by connecting your phone to your computer with a USB cable.

Then go to the settings of your phone, this can be done by unrolling the curtain from top to bottom and clicking the gear icon.

Further, the name of the settings items may differ on different phone models, but the essence will be the same everywhere.

Go to the “Connections” section.

Find the item “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” there.

Turn on “USB tethering”.

Everything is ready – now your computer is online and can connect to the Internet. You can install Wi-Fi drivers or perform other network actions that you need.

No additional configuration is required on the computer. Now the computer is connected to the network – the USB tethering connection has a wired connection icon.

What to do if the USB modem item is not active or missing

The USB modem item may be inactive in two cases:

  1. The phone is not connected to the computer with a USB cable.
  2. USB cable does not support data transfer

Try another USB cable – the one that came with the phone should support data transfer.

Things to remember when using a mobile phone for the Internet

  1. Please note that if the phone is not connected to Wi-Fi, then mobile data will be used – if you do not have an unlimited data plan, then this will cost you money.
  2. You can connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network and still use it as a USB modem. The result is that your computer is using Wi-Fi through your phone, and not mobile data.
  3. If, when you turn on the USB modem, there is still no Internet access on the computer, then check if other network connections are disabled: for example, via Wi-Fi or by wire, the computer can be connected to a router that does not have Internet (disabled for non-payment or damaged cable).
  4. If you disconnect the phone from the USB cable, and then connect it to the computer again, you will need to turn USB tethering on again in the phone each time
  5. While the mobile phone is operating as a USB modem, you cannot send and receive files from it

How to enable file transfer between computer and phone

When the USB modem is enabled, it is not possible to exchange files between the computer and the phone.

In order to make it possible to copy files, you can disconnect the phone from the computer, and then reconnect and, when asked for permission to transfer files, provide it.

Another option is to disable the USB modem and enable data transfer (or only charging) in the phone settings without disconnecting it from the USB cable. To do this, open the curtain and expand the notification “USB tethering turned on”.

Click to configure the USB connection to the corresponding label.

Instead of “USB tethering” select “USB tethering” or “Charging phone only”.

How to share mobile Internet with other phones and computers

This guide will tell you how to turn on Wi-Fi on your phone for other devices so that they can use the Internet. This can come in handy, for example, when you want your friends to be able to connect to the Internet if they have a bad signal or use up their data limit. Another example: you can connect your laptop or computer to your phone via Wi-Fi and access the Internet through your phone, even if you are away from home or your “wired” ISP is out of service.

The specific names of menu items may vary depending on phone models – it's not a problem, the main thing is to understand the essence, then you can set up a mobile hotspot on any phone.

How mobile hotspot works

Your phone can use the Internet from:

  • mobile operator
  • WiFi hotspots

Typically, wireless routers act as Wi-Fi access points for phones and computers. And the Internet source for routers is wired Internet service providers.

But mobile phones can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot. At the same time, the source of the Internet on them will be a mobile Internet provider or Wi-Fi connection.

What is needed for the phone to work as a Wi-Fi router

All Android phones can act as a Wi-Fi router for other devices.

But it is also necessary that the phone can use the mobile Internet. Since the computer that you connect to the Internet can automatically download updates and consume too much Internet, it is advisable to buy a mobile traffic package in advance.

How to turn on Wi-Fi for other devices on your phone

To enable mobile hotspot, make sure you have mobile data turned on.

Note: modern phones can distribute mobile Internet or they can be connected to a Wi-Fi network and distribute Internet through a wireless Access Point at the same time. This can be useful if you do not know the Wi-Fi password or want to temporarily connect other users to the Internet without giving them the Wi-Fi password on the router.

Now go to the settings, this can be done by clicking the gear or the “Settings” icon among the applications.

The menu names may vary slightly, but most likely you need to go to the “Connections” item. Perhaps already in the main menu you will see the section “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering” – go to it.

Find “Mobile Hotspot and Tethering”.

You need to enable “Mobile Hotspot”, to do this, move the lever.

Depending on your phone model, you may need to disable Wi-Fi connection to enable mobile hotspot.

What is the Wi-Fi password for mobile hotspot

To see or set a password instead of enabling Mobile Hotspot, click on it to go to the mobile hotspot settings.

Here click on “Configure” to change Mobile Hotspot settings.

Here you can change Network name

and Password.

It is recommended that you use a password to prevent strangers from connecting to your phone's Wi-Fi. Connecting outsiders is bad for many reasons:

  • excessive consumption of mobile traffic
  • security of other devices connected to the phone
  • faster battery drain
  • an outsider can use your Internet connection for crimes or illegal activities (and you will have problems)

How to check who is connected to a mobile hotspot

In the “Mobile Hotspot” menu you will see Connected devices.

Why does my battery drain so fast when using mobile hotspot

When your phone shares Wi-Fi with other devices, it does not go into sleep mode, but constantly uses the Wi-Fi module and modem for mobile Internet. Working as a router also creates a load on the processor.

There is nothing you can do about the fact that the phone runs out of power faster, but you can leave it on charge while the mobile hotspot is running.

How to keep track of your mobile data usage

You can track your internet usage in the app or website of your mobile operator, or on your phone itself.

Find “Data Usage” in the menu.

Here you can:

  • see how much data was downloaded in total (via mobile networks and Wi-Fi)
  • view data consumption in certain periods
  • check which apps are consuming the most data
  • set warnings and limits when a certain threshold is reached

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