Tethering your phone to your Windows 10 device is a simple process and can save you a ton of headaches. Tethering is the process of sharing your phone’s mobile data to access the internet on other devices, like a laptop. You can also tether using a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, but USB Tethering is the fastest and most effective way to share your phone’s mobile data with other devices. That said, it generally won’t give you the types of speeds a solid Wi-Fi connection can.
How to Set Up USB Tethering
The process for setting up USB tethering is pretty streamlined on newer devices.
Connect your mobile device to your laptop through a USB cable connection. For most Android phones, this will use a USB-to-Micro USB cable. Apple phones will use the standard lightning cable.
Go to your phone’s settings and access your Wi-Fi/Network settings. The menu you will need to access could be listed under a few different options:
On Android : Open Settings, then tap More Networks > Tethering,
On iOS : Open Settings, tap Personal Hotspot.
On Android, tap the checkbox next to USB Tethering to enable it.
On iOS, tap the Personal Hotspot toggle to enable it.
Your laptop should be able to access the internet through your phone’s mobile plan. To check if everything is working the way it should open your computer’s Network Settings once everything is tethered. When listing the available networks you should see the enabled network listed as “Remote NDIS-based Internet Sharing Device,” or your device’s name.