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

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 – iPhone, 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 Mac.

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 Mac: 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 Mac via USB

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

Next, visit System Preferences, click Network, then select iPhone USB/iPad USB from the list on the left. In the right pane deselect the “Disable unless needed” checkbox under Status.

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

Step 3: Connect your Android device to your Mac and enable USB tethering

In order to get your Mac to properly interface with your Android device’s USB tethering mode, you’ll need to install some additional software.

INSTALL THIRD-PARTY DRIVER

HoRNDIS is a driver for macOS that allows you to use your Android device's native USB tethering mode to get Internet access. Download and installation instructions can be found here.

HoRNDIS support for macOS Catalina (v10.15) is still in beta.
ENABLE USB TETHERING

Once installed, connect your Android to your Mac 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.

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

Next, on your Mac visit System Preferences, click Network, then select your Android device from the list on the left. In the right pane deselect the “Disable unless needed” checkbox under Status.

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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