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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

How to Easily Share Mobile data with PC in 3 Different Ways


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Mobile data is fast becoming a necessity amongst mobile phone users. And this is due to the portability mobile phones offer. With the data, users can surf the internet, send emails, chat on social media platforms and perform other operations. 

However, sometimes, there’s the need to access the internet with a PC. Though there are alternatives for PC internet connectivity by using modems, routers, etc., many people prefer to share mobile data with PC to these alternatives.


And this is well-understood – Mobile phones are cost-effective, easily available and reliable.
That is, tethering their phone with a computer to access the phone’s internet resources. Though this is not somewhat okay as it consumes mobile data, it, however, does not require double subscription to data plans – for the phone and the laptop. So, you can subscribe to a data plan on your phone and use that to access the internet on your computer.

One question beckons, though – “How can you share mobile data with PC?”. Aside from the conventional Hotspot tethering, what other methods can you adopt? Are there things to consider in choosing the method to use?

If you’re searching for answers to these questions, then here’s the place you will surely find them. I will show you how to share mobile data with your PC in 3 reliable ways. Also, a few things to take into consideration.

But before then, let’s explore what tethering is, and the methods of sharing your phone’s data with a computer.

A brief on Tethering (Connection)

The term tethering refers to a means of connecting two or more devices to form a network. This connection can be wireless or wired depending on preference and the devices involved. In some cases, the connection usually establishes a Personal Area Network (PAN or WPAN). Other times, a Local Area Network (LAN or WLAN).

The type of the connection you establish will depend on the method you choose to use and the various features each of the devices integrate. For, instance, Bluetooth tethering only allows you to establish a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) that permits only two devices to be connected at a time.

This tethering allows connected devices to share (send and receive) resources such as files, internet access, printers, among other things. However, users establish most of such connections to share mobile data with PC.

Sharing mobile data with any other device aside from a PC is only possible by tethering or creating a connection.

Methods of Sharing Mobile Data with PC

The various methods of sharing mobile data with a PC are broadly divided into 2 categories – wired tethering and wireless tethering. Let me describe these methods briefly.

Wireless

Wireless tethering or connection involves establishing a network between the phone and PC without any physical (hardware) medium. That’s you don’t need any component that you will connect to both devices.

As a result, you need not border about clustering cables around and disrupting the beauty of your environment. More so, it’s convenient to use and supports the drive for portability. However, it and has security loopholes, especially when used without passwords.

Overall, wireless tethering offers you a smart and convenient way to share mobile data with PC anytime anywhere. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (Hotspot) are the commonest wireless technologies for tethering a mobile phone with a computer.

Wired

Prior to recent sophisticated technologies such as Wi-Fi, wired tethering has been the main escape route. This involves connecting a wire (usually a micro USB cable) to two devices to establish a Personal Area Network (PAN).

This, however, requires that the two connected devices be close enough to accommodate the length of the connecting cable. In most cases, wired tethering offers fast data transmission albeit, portability is limited.

3 Ways to Share Mobile Data PC

Your long wait is finally over and here, I’ll take you through 3 ways to share your smartphone’s data with a computer.

Enjoy the guide…

1.            Bluetooth Tethering

Bluetooth is one of the available wireless methods for tethering your phone with a PC. It establishes a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) that allows both file and data transmissions.

To use this method, your smartphone and PC must support Bluetooth connection. Luckily, several mobile phones integrate compatible Bluetooth versions such as v4.2, v4.1, etc. That means, once your phone supports any of these versions, you can easily set up a connection and share data with your PC.

Similarly, modern laptops come with full support for Bluetooth connectivity. However, a few others – mostly older versions – require installation of a Bluetooth driver or an external Bluetooth device.
Either way, once you have the Bluetooth features in both devices up and running, then you can tether following the steps below.

How to Share Mobile Data with PV via Bluetooth

To share data via Bluetooth, do these:

Step 1: Turn on Bluetooth on your phone and PC

Turn on PC Bluetooth

The first step in doing this is to turn on the Bluetooth in both devices.

For your phone:
  • Activate the notification panel by swiping top-down or bottom-up, depending on where the panel shows up on your device. Now, look for the Bluetooth icon and tap the icon to activate.
  • Alternatively, go to Settings>>Bluetooth>>On to activate the Bluetooth.
  • For PC, depending on the OS you’re using, you need to access the notifications tab. Here, I’m using Windows 10 to show how you can do this.
  • Click the Notifications icon at the bottom right of the screen and then click on the Bluetooth icon.                
  •  Alternatively, use the search feature on your PC to find Bluetooth Settings from where you can turn it on.
  •  Again, if your PC uses Atheros, simply launch it and turn on Bluetooth.


Step 2: Establish a connection
Now that we have the Bluetooth on both devices fully functional, let’s tether both and establish a connection.

If you’ve never synced both devices before, you will have to pair a device either from the phone panel or PC. For convenience, use the phone Bluetooth settings.

From your phone, go to Settings>>Bluetooth. Now search for and add a new device – in this case the PC. You will be required to accept the pairing key on your PC by clicking Accept or Pair.
Once, you have paired and connected both devices, proceed to the next step.

Step 3: Turn on data sharing on your phone

Share data with PC via Bluetooth tethering

Good, we are progressing…

Okay, return to your phone’s Settings and tap More under Wireless & networks. Next, tap Tethering & portable hotspot.

Finally, turn on Bluetooth tethering to share your phone’s data with PC.

Pros
  • It’s wireless and easily available on mobile phones.
  • Bluetooth tethering offers a convenient and portable way of sharing mobile data.
  • A bit secure as only two devices interconnect at a time.

Cons
  • Pairing concerns and compatibility issues.
  • It might be a bit difficult to set up especially for beginners.
  • Limited internet speed
  • Places demands on the devices’ power


2.            Hotspot (Wi-Fi) Tethering

Wi-Fi Hotspot tethering is another wireless technology that allows seamless connectivity between devices. It equally allows multiple connections, some of which allow a maximum of 8 devices at a time.

With Hotspot tethering, you can easily set up a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) or a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) to share data with your PC and other connected devices.

Some mobile phones, offer internet speeds of about 150Mbps. At such speed, you can easily access the internet on your PC to carry out your activities. However, Wi-Fi tethering places many demands on the power of both your phone and computer.

Also, to use this method, both devices (smartphone and PC) must integrate Wi-Fi functionality. Almost like Bluetooth, several phones now provide support for this. However, a few lack this. Hence, you’ll need to check for the availability of this feature on your device.

Likewise, most PCs integrate Wi-Fi feature to enable users to share files and transmit data with other devices.

So, check for the availability of this feature on both devices to move on. Once, this is in place, follow the steps below to share mobile data with PC using a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Step 1: Turn Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone
Turn on & Set up Phone Wi-Fi


The first step is for you to turn on your phone’s hotspot. To do this,
  • Swipe from top-down or bottom-up of the screen to access the notifications panel. Now, look for the hotspot icon (not Wi-Fi icon) and tap on it to turn on the hotspot.
  • This is quicker and best if you’ve set the password. Otherwise, you will need to go to the Settings of the phone.
  • Alternatively, go to Settings, then More under the Wireless & networks section. Then, tap Tethering & Portable hotspot.
  • From there, tap the Wi-Fi hotspot and turn on to activate.

Step 2: Set connection password (recommended)

Though you can skip this step and continue tethering, I, however, recommend that you set up a connection password. This is one of such security tips I provide to minimize the risk of third-party interference.

While on the Wi-Fi Hotspot settings, tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot to access the features for setting the password. Note that interfaces might differ and a few features might not be there, but the overall aim is to set a connection password.

Next, enter a network name of your choice – that will be the name of your hotspot.
Next, provide a password – usually not less than 8 characters. As a tip, I recommend that the password you enter should:

  • have a mix of both uppercases and lowercases
  • be difficult to guess or crack
  • Not less than eight characters

Step 3: Turn on Wi-Fi on your PC

Now that you have your phone’s hotspot up and running, it’s time to turn on the PC Wi-Fi.

  • On Windows 10, click the notifications icon at the bottom right of the screen and then click on the Wi-Fi icon.
  • For other Windows (Windows 10 included anyway) click on the Connections icon on the Taskbar to display available connections.
  • If you can’t find the Connections icon on the Taskbar, click the Show hidden icons’ icon and then click the Connections icon.


Doing any of the above will display a list of available connections you can tether the PC with, in this case, your phone.

Step 4: Connect your PC to your phone’s Wi-Fi Hotspot

Connect PC to mobile hotspot

If you have displayed the available networks, click on the connection that has the name similar to what you entered while setting up your phone’s hotspot.

If that’s the first time you’re tethering both devices, you will need to provide a password, and in some Windows versions choose whether to make the connection automatic or not.

Now, enter the password you entered previously and click Connect. Note that sometimes you might need to click Connect before providing the password.

Once you have tethered both devices, turn on mobile data and start surfing the internet on your PC.

Pros
  • Provides smooth tethering and faster data transmission than Bluetooth tethering
  • It’s portable and convenient to use.
  • Provides multiple device tethering depending on the phone.
  • Provides a way to encrypt connections.
  • You can set bandwidths for connected devices.

Cons
  • Takes up more power on both devices
  • Not all devices integrate this feature. However, modern smartphones provide full support.
  • The default setting isn’t encrypted. Users who fail to create a connection password open the network to third-parties.
  • It can be a bit complicated for beginners to set up.


3.            Share Mobile Data with PC via USB Tethering

This is the third method of tethering or connecting phone with PC to share data. Unlike the previous two, this method requires the existence of a cable that acts as the connecting medium between the two devices.

Usually, users utilize micro USB 2.0, type-C or other versions to tether their phones. This creates a Personal Area Network between the two devices. With this network, you can share data with the PC.
This is a super fast method but impacts portability as both devices must stay connected via a USB cable.

More so, it does not require the availability of any special feature or technology on both devices before you can create a connection. Once, you have a good USB cable, you can tether and share data.

To use this method, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Connect the phone and PC
To begin, you need to get a quality micro USB cable of the version that supports your phone. Most mobile phones use version 2.0, type-C is a bit rare.

Once you have a micro USB cable in place, connect the appropriate ends of the cable to each device. Normally, you will receive a prompt on the PC indicating that you’ve established a connection.
Note that you don’t need to turn on file sharing since you only want to share data.

Step 2: Turn on USB Tethering on your Phone.
On your phone, go to Settings>>More (or Network & Internet)>>Tethering & hotspot.
The path might differ on other phones, however, locate the network and wireless settings or tethering options.

Now, turn on USB tethering. This feature will be deactivated if the USB isn’t properly connected. Once you notice that, ensure that you connect both devices properly or change the cable to a functioning one.

Move on and turn on the phone’s mobile data to start sharing.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Maximizes power – charges the phone simultaneously
  • It provides fast internet speed but still below hotspot tethering.
  • Secure and safer for data transmission

Cons
  • It’s the slowest of the three methods.
  • It only allows connections between two devices.
  • Limits portability since both devices are connected with a micro USB cable.


What method should you use?

It’s a great deal that you have found the ways to share mobile data with PC. But you might be in the mix of trying to choose the right connection type for your need. Should you use Bluetooth, Hotspot or USB tethering?

Well, the answer depends on your needs and resources available. You might need to answer a few questions to decide. Questions such as does your phone integrate Bluetooth and or support hotspot? Do you have a good and compatible USB cable in place?

Answering these questions will provide a way to help you choose the method to use. Overall,

Hotspot is fast and creates a wireless network that allows more than two connections at a time. More so, it utilizes enormous power and can open to attack from third-parties.
Bluetooth isn’t the fastest neither is it the slowest. However, it establishes a secure wireless connection with only two connected devices.
USB tethering isn’t fast but provides enough speed for you to access the internet. Moreover, it has less impact on power and securely creates network strictly for both devices. On the other hand, it limits portability as the length of the cable dictates the distance between both devices.

From the above, if you need a fast internet connection, Wi-Fi hotspot is definitely the preferred choice. For battery maximization, USB tethering comes to the rescue and if you want to strict a balance between both (especially for phones without hotspot) Bluetooth becomes your best option.

Saving Data

While sharing mobile data with a PC, it’s often observed that the data gets expended faster. This is so because of the larger space of PCs that requires more bytes to transmit information and equally access the internet.

However, a few tips can help you save your data from quick exhaustion. Find out to save mobile data with Datally or use the tips below:

  • Turn off auto-updates on your PC to prevent applications from downloading updates directly.
  • Use a download manager to download files where necessary.
  • Avoid streaming videos. If you must, stream videos at a lower resolution.
  • Reduce bandwidths on hotspot for multiple connections


Keep sharing mobile data with PC conveniently

By now, it’s certain you’ve found amazing ways to share mobile data with PC. More so, you’ve equally decided on the method that suits your needs. So, what do you think?

Are there other factors to consider in using these tethering methods? Or should one consider a router or modem instead of tethering a mobile phone with a PC?

Let me hear your thoughts on these. Simply use the comment section below.



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