How To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter

By | August 4, 2018

How To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter Setup 1
Setting up an Android smartphone or tablet as a WiFi adapter is easy to do.
 
It can be good for a quick solution for a Desktop computer that needs wireless or broken WiFi on a laptop.
 
Be aware not all cell phone Carriers allow for this and may turn off the WiFi forcing you to use your Data plan.
How To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter Tethering No
For this reason it is best to use an Android device not setup on a Cell Plan so there is no chance of running up the data.
 
Any old Android Device will work. I have used old Galaxy S1 and S2 with no problem with them working very well.
 
I have a new Galaxy S8 which is tied to my cell plan and turns off the WiFi so it can not be used.
 
There is many cheap low cost WiFi dongles for a long term solution but an Android smartphone can be used as a short term quick fix.
 
Read Here for Our Picks of Best Wireless USB Dongles.
 
Here are the steps need to use an Android Device as a wireless USB adapter.
 
Some phones and Android version may vary in setup but will be close to the following instructions with no need to Root the phone.
 




 
Steps To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter
 
1… Connect the Android Smartphone or Tablet to the WiFi.
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2… Plug in the phone to the computer with a USB cable.
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Sometimes Drivers for the phone will need to be loaded. Usually it is automatically found.
 
3… Go to Setting and find Mobile HotSpot and Tethering
 
On the new Galaxy S8 it is under Connections.
How To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter Tethering
 
On the old Galaxy S1 it is called Tethering and Portable HotSpot.
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4… If a warning box comes up and says the WiFi is being shut off the phone can Not be used as a WiFi Adapter.
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If you use a smartphone tied to a Cell Plan and it turns off the WiFi it may run up your bill depending on your Data Plan.
 
5… After Tethering is turned on it should be ready to use.
 
Summary
Usign a Android device and a USB WiFi adapter is easy to do simply be careful if the device is on a cell plan.
 
Many cell phone Carriers will turn off the WiFi and force it to use the Data Plan which can run a bill up.
 
Using a old cell phone with no cell plan is best since there is no chance of it using Cell Data.
 

 




 

One thought on “How To Use Your Android Phone as a USB WiFi Adapter

  1. Keith M. Williams

    If your provider forces you to us your data plan instead of wifi, try removing the SIM card.

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