Tag: Android

How to enable saving videos in HEVC in Android to reduce file size

What is HEVC video

HEVC H.265 the new video format, which allows you to compress video files much stronger (almost 2 times compared to the old formats) without losing quality. It is important for 4K movies and high-definition video streaming.

Some mobile phones (for example, iPhone) already save videos in this format by default (although you can switch to the old format in the phone settings).

You can get the HEVC codecs for free through the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 and on Windows 10. You won't be able to find them in the Microsoft Store using the search feature. To get the free package, copy and paste the following code into your web browser's address bar, then press Enter:

ms-windows-store://pdp/?ProductId=9n4wgh0z6vhq

This is not so important, because many video media players work fine with the HEVC H.265 format. And in order for this format to be able to play even the built-in Windows media player, it is enough to install the codec mentioned above.

That is, the HEVC format is well supported by operating systems and mobile phones.

Anyway, should I use HEVC?

HEVC video examples

So that you can evaluate the file sizes and the quality of the HEVC picture, I made a few very short videos for you.

They are of the same duration.

When switching to the HEVC format, the video size is almost halved (about 1.6-1.8 times less).

I deliberately did not upload videos to YouTube so that you can evaluate the original quality before processing and converting files.

You can download video files to your computer to test how well your operating system works with HEVC files.

This video uses the H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) (avc1) codec:

Download file: https://zawindows.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Pattaya-H264.mp4

Video specifications:

Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : High@L5.2
Format settings                          : CABAC / 1 Ref Frames
Format settings, CABAC                   : Yes
Format settings, Reference frames        : 1 frame
Format settings, GOP                     : M=1, N=60
Codec ID                                 : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                 : 10 s 163 ms
Bit rate                                 : 73.0 Mb/s
Width                                    : 3 840 pixels
Height                                   : 2 160 pixels

And this video uses the MPEG-H Part2/HEVC (H.265) (hvc1) codec:

Download file: https://zawindows.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Pattaya-hevc.mp4

Video specifications:

Format                                   : HEVC
Format/Info                              : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile                           : Main@L5.2@Main
Codec ID                                 : hvc1
Codec ID/Info                            : High Efficiency Video Coding
Duration                                 : 10 s 496 ms
Bit rate                                 : 41.5 Mb/s
Width                                    : 3 840 pixels
Height                                   : 2 160 pixels

And the first surprise that you might encounter is that the video does not play at all, or the web browser offers to play it as an audio file.

You can download the file to your computer and make sure that it is still a video file.

If you have already read the article “How to enable saving photos in HEIC (HEIF) format in Android and whether it should be done”, then this problem should have been expected for you. New formats are good for everyone, except that web browsers have poor support for them.

Another video in H264:

Download file: https://zawindows.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Pattaya-beach-H264.mp4

Similar video in HEVC format (H.265):

Download file: https://zawindows.ru/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Pattaya-beach-hevc.mp4

Does YouTube support HEVC format

Yes, I checked, when uploading a video in HEVC format, YouTube video hosting works fine with it, there are no restrictions or difficulties.

How to save video in HEVC in Android

If you still came to the conclusion that the HEVC format is interesting for you and you want to use it to significantly reduce the size of video files without changing the video quality, then the following shows how to enable saving captured videos on Android in the HEVC format (H.265 ) on the example of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra phone.

Open the camera and switch to video recording.

Click the gear icon to go to the camera settings.

Go to the “Advanced recording options” section.

Find the “Reduce file size” option.

Turn on the slider.

The description of the option says that the Reduce file size option is designed to save space without sacrificing video quality. The results will be saved in HEVC format, which some apps and websites don’t support.

Ambient sound in Galaxy Buds2: an analogue of the transparency mode from Samsung

How to listen to ambient voices and sounds in Galaxy Buds2 without turning off the music

Apple's AirPods Pro have a feature called Transparency mode. Its essence is that instead of actively suppressing ambient sounds and noises, they are, on the contrary, transmitted to the user's ear. Thanks to this, you can hear the voice of the interlocutor without turning off the music, as well as hear what is happening around you when, for example, you are in public transport or walking down the street.

The function is at least interesting and many users find it very useful. But is it necessary to have an iPhone and AirPods Pro to have this feature?

In fact, many wireless headphones already support this feature, such as the Jabra Elite 75t and the Sony WF-1000XM4.

I want to talk about the transparency mode on Android.

I use headphones and a phone from Samsung, namely Galaxy Buds2 and Galaxy S21 Ultra.

In Galaxy Buds2, the analogue of the transparency mode is called “Ambient sound”.

For easy control of your Galaxy Buds2, install the Galaxy Wearable app. With this app, you can change Galaxy Buds2's touch action settings, select different modes, turn on Galaxy Buds2's headphone search function, and more.

By the way, updating the Galaxy Buds2 firmware is also done through the Galaxy Wearable app.

Galaxy Wearable has 3 options under Noise controls:

  • Active noise cancellation
  • Off
  • Ambient sound

It is the “Ambient sound” mode that enables amplification of the audibility of external sounds, such as the speech of people around and other noises.

When “Ambient sound” is enabled, a new setting "Ambient sound volume" will appear, you can choose from “Low”, “Medium”, “High”.

You don't have to launch the Galaxy Wearable app each time to change the Noise controls settings. You can also change these settings by touching the Galaxy Buds2.

A long touch on the Galaxy Buds2 means to switch the Noise controls to the opposite mode. For example, if “Active noise cancellation” is already selected, the “Ambient sound” mode will be enabled. If “Ambient sound” is already selected, “Active noise cancellation” will be enabled.

If both of these modes are disabled, then a long touch on the Galaxy Buds2 will first turn on “Active noise cancellation”, and a second long touch will turn on “Ambient sound”.

As with any feature that has to do with ergonomics and user habits, it takes getting used to Noise controls and its modes.

How to remove navigation bar buttons in Samsung Galaxy S22

The first Android phones had physical buttons at the bottom of the screen (there were 3 or 4 depending on the model). With these buttons, you could close the application or undo the last action, return to the main screen, or go to the list of recently opened applications.

Subsequently, these buttons became virtual, that is, part of the image displayed on the phone screen. But this did not stop them from taking up space on the surface of the phone.

The advantage of virtual buttons is that they can still be completely removed from the screen, as a result, the entire surface of the screen becomes a usable area, without the area constantly occupied by buttons.

Is it convenient to control swipe gestures on Android

The question may arise, how then to control the phone if there are no buttons? In this case, swipe gestures are used to control the phone.

In my case, I got used to gestures in a few days (although I used buttons for many years before that). Gestures are no more difficult to control than buttons.

But it cannot be said that there is absolutely no discomfort: when I pick up a phone with buttons, by inertia I try to control it with gestures. And only then, after making sure that nothing works, I notice the buttons.

There are no other inconveniences.

If you want to try switching to swipe gesture control, it's recommended that you try it out for at least a few days, as it's going to be weird at first anyway.

How to enable gesture control and remove buttons on Android

Start by opening your phone's settings menu. The easiest way to do this is to swipe down from the top of your phone's display and drag down the notification bar. From here, tap the gear icon in the top right corner.

Scroll down the menu and find the “Display” section.

Find the “Navigation bar” section and go to it.

Select “Swipe gestures”.

It is also recommended to enable the item “Show button to hide keyboard”.

This button is needed not so much to actually hide the keyboard, but to create a gap between the bottom edge of the screen and the keyboard. If it is not there, then it will not be easy to perform a gesture if there is a keyboard on the screen, since the phone will perceive touches not as a swipe gesture, but as input from the keyboard. As soon as there is a gap, the phone will correctly perceive both swipe gestures and keyboard input.

How to control swipe gestures in Android

In fact, the control is elementary, and there are only three gestures:

  1. Swiping from the right or left edge of the screen means Back, Cancel, Close App.
  2. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen means going to the main screen, similar to the Home button.
  3. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen without lifting your finger from the screen at the end of the gesture means to go to the list of recently opened programs.

The gesture from top to bottom opens the curtain, but the setting described in this manual does not affect it.

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

See also:

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).

See also:

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:

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