Use USB Tethering to Share the Internet on a Samsung Galaxy S8

Edited by Jay

NorthernTouch USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-000A.png

Sharing an Internet connection from an Android device to a Windows PC is a highly popular feature. Whether your home internet goes down, or you happen to be in a location without free WiFi, knowing how to share your Android phone's data quickly is handy information. There are three main ways in which users can share their Android's connection; creating a mobile Hotspot, via Bluetooth, or by USB tethering. All three have their advantages and disadvantages, but the one we'll be focusing on in this VisiHow tutorial is tethering via USB.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Sharing your device's internet connection with USB tethering provides the fastest speeds because it uses a cable. The limitation is the fact that you're bound by the length of your cable, and most mobile device charging/data cables are relatively short. If you're merely sharing the internet to a desktop or laptop PC, the length of the USB cable isn't a big issue.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

In this article, we'll walk through the steps on enabling USB tethering on a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android 7.0 (Nougat). Also, we'll show step-by-step how to share the internet connection with a laptop running Windows 7. The following steps will work on an Android phone or tablet running the Nougat OS.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

**Please Remember**

Anytime you share your device's data, it will get deducted from your plans monthly allowance. Be careful not to go over if you're on a limited plan.

Ad

Enable USB Tethering on a Samsung Galaxy S8

USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-000-enable.png

Before enabling USB tethering, we need to make sure mobile data is turned on, and that WiFi is off.

  1. 1
    On the home screen, swipe up or down to access the main app drawer.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-01.png
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    From the app drawer, tap the "Settings" icon.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-02.png
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    On the Settings screen, tap "Connections".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-03.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    On the CONNECTIONS screen, make sure that WiFi is disabled
    .
    While still on the CONNECTIONS screen, scroll down and tap, "Data usage".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-04.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    Here on DATA USAGE, toggle the switch next to "Mobile data" to turn it on.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-05.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Head back to the CONNECTIONS screen and tap, "Mobile hotspot and tethering" and connect your device to your PC with its USB charging/data cable.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-06.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    On the MOBILE HOTSPOT AND TETHERING screen, toggle the switch next to, "USB tethering".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-07.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Share an Internet Connection to Windows 7 via USB Tethering

USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-000-windows.png
  1. 1
    Now that USB tethering is enabled on your device and it's connected to your PC, you may see an Installing device driver software message in the notification area.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-08.png
    Let the driver install and continue to the next step.
    Advertisement
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Next, you'll see an alert window asking if you want to keep the USB connection as one of your locations
    .
    Click "Save" to continue with the default settings or, check "Edit location settings" for additional options.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-09.png
    If you skip editing the location settings, go to step 5.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    On the Edit Profile window there are a few settings worth checking
    .
    You can select the Ethernet speed by clicking the drop-down arrow.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-10.png
    You can also leave it to "Auto", the default setting.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    The other setting we'll touch on is "Wake-On-Lan Settings for Ethernet"
    .
    Enable this if you plan on remotely accessing your PC in the future.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-11.png
    Once you're satisfied with the Profile settings, click "OK".
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    Now that the profile is set up, a small window will pop-up saying, Connection Successful"
    .
    Click "Close" to continue.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-12.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    In the following window, choose the type of network location for your USB connection
    .
    For our example, we selected "Home".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-13.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    Next, you'll see a confirmation for the type of location you selected in the previous step
    .
    Click "Close" to proceed.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-14.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    If you hover your mouse cursor over the USB icon in the taskbar/notification area, you can see information on your new connection.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-15.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  9. 9
    To make sure your USB tethered connection is active, open up your preferred web browser.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-16.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  10. 10
    Once your browser's open, navigate to a website of your choice
    .
    If the site loads, your tethered connection is up and running.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-17.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  11. 11
    To disconnect or view the connection's properties, click on the network icon in the notification area, then click "Open Network and Sharing Center".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-18.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  12. 12
    Once in the Network and Sharing Center, click on "Change adapter settings".
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-19.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  13. 13
    In the Network Connections window, right-click on your Mobile USB network
    .
    When the menu pops-up, click "Disable" to disconnect.
    USB-Tethering-Galaxy-S8-20.png
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
    Advertisement

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

Comments

VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Use Samsung Galaxy S8

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 9 times.

Do you have a question not answered in this article?
Click here to ask one of the writers of this article
x

Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No