How to Tether an Android to your PC via USB

Sometimes it's more convenient to use your Android smartphone's connection and share it with your PC. This article will show you the steps to connect your PC to an Android smartphone using a USB cable.

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 an active Internet connection on your Android smartphone - either Wi-Fi or mobile data. To do this, you can usually swipe down on the notification bar and tap on the Wi-Fi and/or cellular data connection. Or, you can go to the Settings screen and toggle the switch on.

Step 3: Connect (or “tether”) your Android smartphone to your PC using a USB cable. Go to the Network Settings area on your Android smartphone - you should find there a section on Tethering. Tap on that and toggle the USB tethering switch on.

Step 4: Make sure your PC connected successfully to your tethered Android smartphone. On your computer, the tethered connection will appear as a wired connection, having a computer icon in the lower right section of the taskbar (systray). Click on that computer icon and you should see a wired connection named “Network X” which should be connected. That is your tethered Android phone.

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