How to Combine Tethered Android and iPhone at Once on a PC

Alex GizisCombining Internet Connections, How To

Two Tethered Phones Are Better Than One for Fast, More Reliable Internet

If you find yourself in a location with no Wi-Fi networks available or any wired Ethernet possibilities to connect to the Internet, then you should revert to tethering your smartphone to get online. It gets even better if you have access to 2 smartphones – such as an iPhone and Android smartphone. Then, you could combine both tethered connections.

All you need is a channel bonding app like Speedify. In this post, we are going to walk you through the steps to combine two tethered Android and iPhone smartphones 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.

4 Steps to use 2 Tethered Smartphones on Your PC: an Android and an iPhone

Step 1: Enable Personal Hotspot on your iOS device

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad with other devices via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.

Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and flip the switch to on. 
From this screen you can verify the name of the phone (which will be used as the Wi-Fi name/SSID) as well as configure the password.

NOTE: If you don't see the option for Personal Hotspot, contact your carrier to make sure that you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

Need help with this step? Visit Apple’s knowledge base to learn more.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your PC via USB

First, be sure to install or update to the latest version of iTunes, it contains the drivers needed to enable USB tethering.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC with a USB cable. If you see an alert on your iPhone or iPad that says “Trust This Computer?” tap Trust.

Make sure that you can locate and view your iPhone or iPad in iTunes. If your Windows PC doesn't recognize your device, try a different USB cable.

Your iPhone should automatically start sharing its connection to your PC. If you click on the network icon in the lower right corner of the taskbar, the iPhone should be listed at the top of the network list.

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

Step 3: 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 4: 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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