How to share my Android Internet connection to my other WiFi devices
This is the most efficient way to tether your Android smartphone to your other WiFi-capable devices: it's fast and it's wireless. This set up is also advisable if you're connecting to a public internet or if your connection is limited to only your Android. This article shows you the steps to do this.
Hardware requirements: internal Wi-Fi card, external Wi-Fi USB adapter (optional).
Step 1: Purchase Connectify Hotspot PRO or MAX from the Connectify website. While there is a free trial version of Connectify Hotspot, sharing 3G/4G or Ethernet connections as WiFi is only available in the PRO and MAX versions.
Step 2: Make sure you have a Wi-Fi card installed on your PC and it’s on. Go to Network Connections (Windows key + X - select Network Connections) and click on Wi-Fi on the left. If your computer doesn’t have an internal Wi-Fi card, get an external Wi-Fi USB adapter and plug it into a USB port of your PC. Windows will install the appropriate drivers or you may be required to install them - just see the documentation you get with the device. You may need to restart your PC before being able to use the external Wi-Fi USB adapter.
Step 3: There are several ways to tether or share your Android connection to your computer. Please see these options below.
- How to Tether an Android to a PC via PDANet+: Wi-Fi
- How to Tether an Android to a PC via PDANet+: USB
- How to Tether an Android to your PC via WiFi
- How to Tether an Android to your PC via USB
Step 4. Open Connectify Hotspot and choose Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Step 5: Make sure your Android connection (USB, WiFi, or PDANet+) is selected from the ‘Internet to Share’ dropdown. Icons next to each adapter tell you what kind of Internet connection you’re selecting.
Step 6: Choose between Routed or Bridged. Learn more about the difference between Routed and Bridged mode by clicking this LINK.
Step 7: Give your hotspot a name (SSID) and password. The hotspot name is the network name that other devices will see and connect to using your unique password. Your Connectify Hotspot is a real, working hotspot that you use just like any other wireless network.
Optional: Choose the 'Ad Blocker' option as this feature will save you a lot of data. Learn more about the universal ad blocker in Connectify Hotspot.
Step 8: Click the ‘Start Hotspot’ button to begin sharing your Internet connection with your other devices.