How to Combine Wi-Fi and Tethered Android Phone at Once on a PC

Alex GizisCombining Internet Connections, How To

Give Your PC an Internet Speed Boost: Combine Wi-Fi with a Tethered Android Phone Using Speedify

Encountering more and more Wi-Fi hotspots that are slow, unreliable or even not functioning? Get your Android smartphone tethered to your PC and combine that connection with the Wi-Fi. All you need is a channel bonding (or link aggregation) software app like Speedify. Read below to see the steps to combine Wi-Fi and a tethered Android smartphone at the same time on your Windows PC.

Speedify can bond any number or combination of Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic among them for optimal performance. Plus, if you get disconnected from one of your connections in the middle of an important video call or file transfer, Speedify will seamlessly failover to your other working Internet connection(s) without skipping a beat.

NOTE: For best results, use Internet connections from different sources. In general, joining the same upstream network multiple times (such as the same router via Ethernet and Wi-Fi) will not improve performance.

3 Steps to Combine Wi-Fi and a Tethered Android Phone at Once on a Windows PC

Step 1: Connect to Wi-Fi

Verify that your Wi-Fi is enabled on your PC and connected to a network.

Click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the lower right corner of the taskbar (systray). If you’re not already connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot, turn on Wi-Fi by clicking on the tile in the lower left side of the pop-up menu then select your desired network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.

Step 2: Connect your Android device to your PC and enable USB tethering

Connect your Android to your PC using a USB cable. A notification will show at the top of the screen on your Android device. Swipe down from the top of the screen > Touch and hold Hotspot > Turn on USB tethering.

Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering to enable USB tethering.

Need help with this step? Visit Google's knowledge base to learn more.

In order to verify that your tethered connection is active, click on the computer / Wi-Fi icon in the lower right area of the taskbar (systray). Tethered devices will be recognized and treated like wired (ethernet) connections. You should see a wired connection named “Network #” which should now be connected. That is your tethered Android phone.

Please note that when USB tethering an Android phone, if that phone is connected to Wi-Fi, the tethering will share the Wi-Fi connection and not the cellular connection. In order to use the cellular connection from your Android phone into the mix, enable mobile data and turn off Wi-Fi on your smartphone.

NOTE: Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your carrier. Additionally, Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Step 3: Download and Install Speedify

Last but certainly not least, download and install Speedify. Once running, Speedify will automatically detect any available Internet connections and combine them for increased speed, security, and stability.

You can manage settings, view statistics, and even apply limits to individual connections by either clicking/tapping on them from the Dashboard or by navigating to the desired connection through the main Settings menu.

Speedify will work quietly in the background to optimize performance including prioritizing streaming web traffic to avoid stuttering, buffering and disconnects.

Whether at home, work, or on-the-go, Speedify is the only VPN that makes your online experiences faster, more reliable, and more secure.

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