Most of us find it difficult to function without a strong internet connection. This is especially difficult to come by when you are outdoors such as working from a cafe or an airport lounge where you are required to access public internet and the connection may not always be strong. Therefore, we are always on the lookout for ways of sharing internet connection between our multiple devices.

Some hotel rooms only provide a single wired connection node making it difficult for your other devices to remain online. Sharing an internet connection is not a novel concept, however, with more and more devices going online the demand has certainly increased.

So, read on to find out about different ways of sharing internet connection between your devices.

A Comprehensive Guide On Ways of Sharing Internet Connection

Irrespective of the operating system being used by your device, you can go ahead and start sharing your internet connection. All major operating systems come equipped with internet connection sharing capabilities and you can switch on this feature with just a few tweaks of the settings.

For instance, if your PC is connected to a wired connection, you can share this internet connection by allowing other devices to connect to your PC. In short, your PC works as a Wi-Fi device.

For businesses, CarrierBid highly recommends installing wireless access points (WAP’s) and multiple internet provider services to ensure that regardless of a carrier outage or slowdown, you’ll still have access to your cloud based data and VoIP voice services.

Share Wi-Fi on iOS – Multiple Ways

There are many ways of sharing internet connection for iOS devices. If your device has an internet connection, then it can be shared using a personal hotspot easily. The built-in Personal Hotspot feature in an iPhone or an iPad with a connection can be used to enable other devices to connect and use your internet.

Ways of sharing internet connection on apple devices
  • All that you are required to do is to turn on the ‘Personal Hotspot’ by going to the ‘Settings’ of your iPhone or your iPad.
  • You can use the Control Center to switch on or switch off the access and even protect its access with a password.

Bluetooth Sharing

iPhone and iPad can also share the internet using Bluetooth.

  • You need to begin by enabling Bluetooth on your iPhone / iPad and the device that you connect to.
  • Next, switch on your Personal Hotspot as mentioned above using the device’s settings.
  • Finally, your iPhone or iPad will become visible in the device’s Bluetooth menu. All that you have to do now is to connect by clicking on it and enter the pin generated. You can now begin accessing the internet on your device.

USB Sharing

If you are not keen on sharing your internet connection by enabling Bluetooth, you can also share it with the help of a USB cable.

  • Begin by switching on the Personal Hotspot.
  • Connect your iPad or your iPhone using the USB cable to your PC or laptop.
  • The system should automatically detect your Apple device and latch onto its internet connection.

The biggest benefit of this is that you can continue charging your iPad or your iPhone as it is connected to your computer with a USB cable.

Share Wi-Fi on Android

As we know Android is the biggest competitor of Apple, so it also supports almost all ways of sharing internet connection.

Like Apple devices, Android mobile devices also come equipped with the concept of Mobile Hotspots. You can access this feature by going into the settings of your device.

Ways of sharing internet connection on android
  • Go to your mobile phone or your tablet’s Settings
  • Within the Settings click on ‘Network and Internet’
  • The next step is to select ‘Hotspot and Tethering’ from the options that have opened up.
  • Lastly, tap on ‘Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot’ to begin sharing your internet connection.
  • You can also set up options under this heading to tweak how the setup works.

Each manufacturer may have different steps involved in initiating a mobile hotspot, but it functions in a similar manner. It allows your device to share its internet by connecting to another device using Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth.

However, in case you are unable to find the ‘Settings’ tab on your mobile device, you can consult the user manual or even take the assistance of your mobile service provider or carrier.

Of course, it is essential to have a mobile data plan that allows you to have mobile hotspots, to begin with.

Share Wi-Fi on Windows

Competition has led Windows also to enable ways of sharing internet connection. As in Android and Apple devices, Windows 10 also offers Mobile Hotspot features making it extremely easy to share your internet connection with ease. You can use Windows tablets or wired internet connections on a PC to allow other devices to access your internet.

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  • Begin by going to the ‘Settings’ from your PCs Start menu.
  • The second step is to select ‘Network and Internet’ from this menu.
  • Thirdly, click on the ‘Mobile Hotspot’ option. Here, you can select which network you want to share. You can also set the wi-fi name as well as a password by clicking on ‘Edit’.
  • The last step is to tap the ‘on’ button to switch on your mobile hotspot and allow other devices to connect.
Tether mobile hotspot internet to windows

Sharing on macOS

Unlike Windows and Android, macOS does not support ways sharing internet connection via cellular internet. However, you can use a USB cellular dongle and you can turn it into a hotspot for wi-fi as well.

  • Begin by opening the System Preferences on your computer
  • The next step is to select the ‘Sharing’ tab. Once you click here, you will come across a host of options that you can share ranging from remote login to printers. Near the end of this list, you can see ‘Internet Sharing’
  • After you click ‘Sharing’ you can continue by selecting the network that you want to share and also decide how you want to share this network connection with other devices.
  • You can easily set the network name as well as the password by accessing the ‘Wi-fi Options’ tab.
  • The final step is to click on the checkbox beside ‘Internet sharing’ to begin using your computer as a Hotspot.
tethering macOS or apple laptops to share internet

Wrapping Up Ways of Sharing Internet Connection

Internet connection sharing need not be a complicated networking process. The above steps demonstrate how you can connect various devices to a single device with an internet connection with just a few clicks and modifications to the device settings.

So, if you are traveling for business and you find yourself in a position where you don’t have access to a reliable internet connection or router, you can easily turn your mobile device into one by initiating wi-fi or internet connection sharing. Now that’s great news for business productivity!

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