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Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note II, s3 or s4 into a wifi hotspot to share internet with your laptop wirelessly

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How come USB Tethering is grayed out?

I am trying to connect by USB to tether to a Laptop but it is grayed out, how can I change this?

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It's likely your phone is set to the wrong setting. Some carriers disable tethering altogether, but following these steps could enable tethering for you if your carrier has not.

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    Go to "Settings."
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    Tap "Connectivity."
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    Open "Default connection mode."
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    Check off "Charge only."
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If any of these options are not available, it means you're likely unable to tether on your plan or with your carrier.

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How to reset USB tethering on my Samsung Note3?

Currently under 'Connections', 'Tethering', it's grayed out and I'm connected to my PC with the USB cable.

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Change your USB Cable, either your original one is now damaged and needs to be replaced with a data and charge USB Cable.

USB tethering is grayed out on my Samsung Galaxy S3?

I have a tested and proven USB cable attached to my USB3 port of my laptop and cannot get any form of communication established other than charging.

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Change your USB Cable, either your original one is now damaged and needs to be replaced with a data and charge USB Cable.

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How to get to connectivity tab from settings?

My USB tethering is grayed out

This Youtube Tutorial steps you through what to do when your tethering options are not available.

More questions and answers on this topic can be found here: Internet is not coming even wifi and connectify in connected mode

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Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note II, s3 or s4 into a wifi hotspot to share internet with your laptop wirelessly
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I upgraded to 4.3 on my Note3?

Now I can't get a USB connection to transfer my photos. There is no place in settings for media connect or just charge like there used to be

Put your phone into Recovery Mode and choose Wipe Cache Partition. You should always do this after a software OS upgrade to remove leftover conflicts from the previous version. If this does not solve your issue, then your USB port to the phone is out of whack. You can center it again with a toothpick.

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The option "USB Tethering" is off, how can I turn it on?

Hi, I want to make a backup of my LG G2, but I can't transfer anything to my PC. When I connect my phone to my PC it doesn't show as a drive or something and when I start LG Suite, specially made to transfer media to your PC, it can't find it. Neither with the WiFi connection. So I searched online and found that I have to turn the USB tethering on... of course there is another problem. The option to turn it on is grayed out and can't be turned on. How do I fix this?

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Is your cable damaged? The USB tethering option is turned on once you connect to the PC. Then swipe down the notification bar and it will be there unless the cable is damaged. Also, make sure you have the latest version of LG's PC Suite.

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USB tethering major problem, need fixing tonight?

My Samsung Galaxy S6 USB tethering is grayed out and it won't let me turn it on. I have tried everything and looked everywhere and I need these photos off my phone and on my computer by tonight as I'm going away and there are a lot of photos. I have gone online and searched everywhere and tried multiple things.

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Please help asap. I have even tried the hardware thing and it nearly crashed my phone. My parents and friends have tried different cables computers etc., but nothing is working. I don't want to factory reset because then all of my photos are gone. I have checked the user manual as well and it doesn't say anything about what to do in this situation

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Download the Google Photo's App. Sync to backup all photos to Google's storage cloud. In the settings of the app there is an option to remove photos after they are backed up to the cloud. You can do this while on vacation also to keep taking photos but removing them from your storage. You can always go to the Google Photos website on the PC and find them or in the app but they will not be in your gallery after they are backed up.

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Mi 3 handset, tethering is grayed out?

Mi 3 handset, tethering is grayed out. I have tried: Mi 3 handset, tethering is grayed out. I think it was caused by: Mi 3 handset, tethering is grayed out

Check to make sure you do not have Data Restrictions enabled. It is found under Security>Data. If you are using a device from Vodafone, you will need to root the phone to use tethering. There are some Google Play apps specifically for Mi devices and tethering. Just research the app before you install it as some of them brick the Mi devices so I am hesitant to recommend one.

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How can I get my tablet to recognize my wired Xbox 360 controller?

Every time I plug in the controller, I get sent to the USB tethering screen on my tablet and the USB tethering is grayed out. My tablet has an inbuilt USB 2.0 port. The controller lights up with LEDs, but there is no recognition of input. Using the app USB/BT Joystick center causes the tablet to reset when trying to "create a drive". I need help. I have tried: USB/BT joystick center gold. Rooting the tablet. I think it was caused by: It never worked. Tablet is new. RCA viking 10.1 pro with detachable keyboard.

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This Youtube Tutorial shows how to connect a tablet to an Xbox 360 controller. You will need a special OTG cable even though you have a USB 2.0 port.

Hello, I have a Xiaomi redmi2 device. MIUI 7. It takes charge but the same cable when plugged into a laptop or PC isn't discovered nor charges the device. Also, the USB tethering has been grayed out even when plugged in. The wire works fine with the charger connected to the power source but not with USB?

Hello I have a Xiaomi redmi2 device. MIUI 7. It takes charge but the same cable when plugged into a laptop or PC isn't discovered nor charges the device. Also, the USB tethering has been greyed out even when plugged in. The wire works fine with charger connected to the power source but not with USB.

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Mi developers have created a Support Page in their forums. It is tailored to exactly your issue after numerous users reported there were bugs in the tethering.

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My LG Stylo doesn't have a "Connectivity" button?

Hi, I can't copy files from my LG Stylo to my computer anymore (It worked fine up until 2 weeks ago). However, I can charge it when the USB cable is connected. I was encouraged to see your solution but the problem is that "Connectivity" isn't a category in my settings. Is there some other place where I can uncheck "charge only?". . Thanks.

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You must have updated the OS within the last two weeks. Connect to the PC and see if the tethering option appears in your notification bar.

Trying to get the data of my SD?

I am trying to get the data of my SD card on my Galaxy S4 but it will not connect to my computer via USB cord. I have tried: Lots of suggestions on the internet. I think it was caused by: Do not know

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Follow the suggestions on this page.

Hi, I have a Pixi first Alcatel OneTouch that won't connect through USB to laptop to transfer files?

I have seen that my 'USB tethering' is all grayed out I can't even press it to tick the box so it works.

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Can software update block the facility of USB tethering?

I have updated my Android version, after that the USB cannot be tethered. Is it a problem related to software?

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Moto E - Android 6: I don not see "connectivity" in the settings?

Just trying to get my phone to be seen in my windows 7 PC. Thanks!. Many Google searches later and I'm not finding anything that really resembles the "Settings" options. I've been known to miss the obvious... Thanks

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I have an LG Leon phone and the tethering is grayed out?

I also have active HotSpot. I can't connect to the computer to get files off my phone and onto my computer. How can I make that happen? Thank you! What is shown in the article isn't what's on my phone. It doesn't have something called "connectivity" or Default anything. Thanks for your help! I have tried: Settings for Network to connectivity to tethering & networks in tethering, USB tethering is grayed out but Mobile Hotspot is available. I think it was caused by: Not sure why USB tethering as its called on my phone is grayed out. It's apparently not an option.

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Why can't I connect my LG v20 via USB to my laptop?

I asked this question and followed the instructions that came up. I can't find connectivity on my phone. I was able to connect before my grand daughter got hold and did something to it. I can't find connectivity and my service DOES allow USB connections, I have done it before. I have tried: I followed the instructions on this site. I also looked for any USB settings I could find on my phone and checked hardware manager on my computer. I think it was caused by: I think my granddaughter playing with the settings on my phone is the cause of this problem.

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Data sharing between my PC(Win7) and my LG G2 isn't working, not with USB and wireless neither?

Hello Daniel, Michael here. I tried to connect my LG G2 with my PC via USB cable and wireless data transmission as I read about it on the internet. My Mobile used to connect with my PC automatically by putting in the USB cable. Now it doesn't connect on its own and the USB tethering option is grayed out can you help me? couldn't find the "Connectivity" option either. I couldn't find the option "Connectivity" to check off "Loading only", even switched my phone's language to English for a 1:1 relation. I have tried: I searched the Internet for possibilities to connect and found the option of a wireless connection and data transfer which seems to be out patched some time ago, searched my settings for the "loading only" box to check off but couldn't find it. I think it was caused by: Damaged cable(but it's charging my phone when connected to the PC)/ a reset of settings I wasn't aware of

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I can't get the connectivity to show on my phone where do I find this at?

Trying to tether phone with laptop it's a Alcatel fierce 4 phone and it's not showing where to turn on connectivity. I can't turn on the connectivity on my phone how do I do this. I have tried: Rebooting phone

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Turning on the tethering

says USB not connected

tried turning on Bluetooth. I think it was caused by: Not sure it was working the other day then today it won't work

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