How to Share Internet From Lenovo Phone
Level of difficulty: for beginners. The need to distribute the Internet from a smartphone to other devices arises quite often, especially in those regions where there is 3G, 4G (LTE) coverage, but there is no wired connection. For example, you went to the cottage, where the providers will not run the cables very soon, and you need to connect to the network today. In this case, you can connect your laptop to the Internet through a smartphone, especially if your tariff plan allows you not to worry much about the amount of traffic.
There are several ways to connect a smartphone and laptop to access the latter to the network: using a USB cable, via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The latter method is suitable for any combination of connected devices, and the first two we will analyze on the example of connecting to a computer running Windows.
How to distribute the Internet via Wi-Fi
This is one of the easiest to configure options for distributing the Internet from an Android device. It consists in using the smartphone as a wireless router, which can be useful if you need to connect several devices to the Internet at once, such as a computer and tablet.
To put your smartphone into Wi-Fi modem mode, open the Android settings and tap “” in the wireless networks section. Then go to the “Modem Mode” window and tap “Wi-Fi hotspot”.
A new Wi-Fi hotspot window will open. First of all, activate the Wi-Fi modem using the switch at the top. After that, in the settings of the access point, set the protection method (WPA2 PSK is recommended) and password.
Thus, you can connect not only a computer, but also any device with a Wi-Fi module. The main thing is to make sure that you have the wireless interface turned on. A new network should appear in the list of available networks with the name you specified. Click on it with the mouse, enter the password and click the “Next” button.
How to connect a smartphone as a USB modem
To implement this method, you must connect the smartphone with a cable to one of the USB ports on a computer running Windows. In most cases, the system will detect and install the necessary drivers on its own, but if this does not happen, you will have to download them on the gadget’s manufacturer’s website and install them manually. Please note that it is best to use a bundled cable, as its quality may indirectly affect the connection speed.
After connecting the smartphone, open its settings and select “” in the “Wireless Networks” section. You will see the section for additional settings, where we are interested in the item “Modem mode”.
Here you need to check the box next to “USB modem”. As a result, a new connection will appear on your computer. To activate it, open the network connection window, right-click on the “Local Area Connection” icon and select “Enable” in the context menu that appears.
How to connect a smartphone as a Bluetooth modem
To create this connection, you need to, in the same way as described in the previous section, open the smartphone’s settings and go to the modem mode selection, which is located at the “Settings” address. “Yet…”. “Modem Mode”. Only this time it is already necessary to mark the item “Bluetooth-modem”. Please note that your gadget should be visible to other devices. Be sure to check this option in the Bluetooth settings of your smartphone.
Do not forget to make sure that Bluetooth is active on Windows. Open the “Devices and Printers” window in the “Control Panel”, in which we click on the link “Add a device”. The search for the devices currently available for connection via Bluetooth will begin. When your phone is detected, its icon will appear in this window. Click on it and a window with an 8-digit code will appear. After that, a request to pair devices will appear on your phone, and then a proposal to give permission to use the smartphone as a Bluetooth modem.
After performing these operations, right-click on the smartphone icon in the “Devices and Printers” window and select the “Connect via” item in the context menu. “Access point”.
In the process of writing this article, we tested the data transfer speed for each of the connection methods using the Speedtest service. As a result, it was Wi-Fi connection that showed the best speed, USB came in second, and Bluetooth lagged behind with a big gap. Therefore, if you have a power outlet in the immediate vicinity, then you must use the Wi-Fi modem method. But if you are in the field, where there is not even electricity, then you should choose a USB connection as the most energy-efficient.
Have you ever used a smartphone running Android to distribute the Internet to a computer or laptop? Which of the available options is the most preferable, in your opinion?