As any smartphone user would agree without dispute, the best use of this handset is that it allows you to access Internet wherever you are and whenever you want.
This helps you keep in touch with what is happening around you across the globe even when you are on the move. The other advantage of owning a smartphone is that it acts like a mini computer. Its compact size also makes it easier to carry it with you when compared to your laptop.
Not many of us are likely to be aware that you can share the Internet connection on your smartphone with your laptop! Unbelievable as it sounds, this is perfectly true. As it can sometimes prove to be more beneficial to use a laptop in place of the smartphone, it can be quite useful to know how to go about this sharing, which is also called tethering. Here, this is exactly what we are going to tell you. This article focuses on Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows users.
For Apple Users
On the Home screen, tap the Settings icon. In the opening screen, choose the General option and select Network. When the Network menu turns up, click on Set Up Personal Hotspot. You will be asked to activate your personal hotspot. To do this, move the Personal Hotspot switch to ON. A pop up window opens with a few selection possibilities. Select the Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth option. You will be prompted for the Wi-Fi password to establish the connection. After this, you can return to the Home screen of your iPhone. And your laptop is now Internet accessible. Happy surfing!
For Android Users
The first step is the same as on your iPhone. Open the Settings window from the Home screen by tapping on the appropriate icon. Scroll down the list till you see the Wireless & Networks option. Click on this and get to the More… option. Tap this option and select the Tethering & Portable Hotspot option. In the Hotspot screen, activate the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot choice. You will be prompted to enter the name of your Wi-Fi connection, along with your username and password to access the same. Save these details and revert to the Home screen to go online on your laptop.
For Blackberry Users
Choose Settings from the dropdown menu at the top of the Home screen. Opt for the Network Connections setting followed by Wi-Fi. (You will have to set this option to On.) When Wi-Fi is turned on, a Mobile HotSpot setting gets activated. Click on this and enter the code to access the Blackberry hotspot and then press OK to establish the connection. Your Blackberry now establishes the internal connection and detects the laptop paired with it for accessing the Internet.
For Windows Users
On the Home Screen, swipe to the left to display the list of apps in alphabetical order. Scroll down till you come to Settings. Alternatively, if you have the Settings tile located on your Home screen, press on it directly. The Systems tab opens up by default. Keep moving down bypassing the various options till you get to Internet Sharing. Tap on this and turn the Sharing sliding switch to On. Before you do this, make sure that your mobile data connection is turned On. In the Setup section, provide the required details like the name of the Internet connection along with the connection password. Save the settings and return to the Home screen.
A Few Points You Must Know about Tethering
The primary point of concern with tethering is its direct impact on the life of the battery of your smartphone. So, it is advisable that you keep your smartphone on charge while tethering takes place. Alternatively if you are tethering while on the move, carry a portable battery pack to avoid the smartphone from running out of juice. However, the simplest solution is to establish a USB connection between the smartphone and the laptop, and allow the power drain to happen on the latter.
Remember to keep the Personal Hotspot or Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot or Mobile HotSpot or Internet Sharing setting in On position only during the tethering process to avoid the battery drain. Once this is done, turn off this setting immediately.
Another interesting point regarding tethering is that the app store of your smartphone does not let you down in this regard. Just like it proves to be a storehouse of a horde of apps for almost all your needs, it has a wide collection of free and paid tethering apps for you to choose from.