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

Use Both Wi-Fi and a Tethered Android Connection for Faster, More Stable Internet with Speedify

Stop complaining about slow and unreliable Internet on your Mac. If Wi-Fi isn’t enough, then you can put your Android smartphone at work. Just tether it to your computer and combine the 2 connections together at the same time with a channel bonding (link aggregation) solution like Speedify.

Read below to see the steps to use your Mac’s Wi-Fi and tethered Android smartphone connection at once.

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Three Steps to Combine Wi-Fi and a Tethered Android Phone on Your Mac at Once with Speedify

Step 1: Connect your Mac to a Wi-Fi network using your computer’s internal Wi-Fi card. This can be your home Wi-Fi network, a work network, or even a public network. Keep in mind, if your Mac’s Wi-Fi and your Android’s Wi-Fi (if you are using it) are connected to the same router, they cannot be combined for increased bandwidth using channel bonding applications like Speedify because they both share the same upstream network. This means that your Mac’s Wi-Fi connection source must be different than your Android’s internet connection source. As an example, you can use your Wi-Fi network on your Mac and your 4G network on your Android.

In many cases, your Mac may already be connected to Wi-Fi. If you are not, click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar. Then turn Wi-Fi on and select your preferred network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.

Step 2: Now, it’s time to tether your Android smartphone to your Mac. Android devices that use SIM Cards (like Smart Phones and Tablets) can use a 3G, 4G, or LTE connection; by tethering, you can harness that connection as an additional internet source. Once you have connected your Android to an internet source, you can start tethering your Android to your Mac via Bluetooth or USB. As Bluetooth has its speed limitations, we’ll focus on tethering your Android smartphone to your Mac via USB.

First, turn on your Android’s Personal Hotspot. To do this, open the Settings app and tap More… Then choose Tethering & Mobile Hotspot. Toggle the USB tethering switch on.

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Then, download and install HoRNDISHoRNDIS is a driver for Mac OS X that allows you to use your Android phone’s native USB tethering mode to get internet access.

Connect (or “tether”) your Android to your Mac using a USB cable. When you do this, your Mac should immediately recognize your device.

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Finally, it’s time to get you connected! Open System Preferences on your Mac. Then click Network and select your Android USB. If you don’t see it, click to add it. If you are already connected to Wi-FI (or another connection), your Personal Hotspot connection might not activate until you uncheck “Disable unless needed” under Status.

How Does Speedify Work?

Speedify makes your internet secure, stable, and fast with the magic of Channel Bonding--but how?

  1. First, Speedify establishes a connection to one of our Speed Servers in the Cloud. This acts as a middleman between you and the rest of the internet, keeping your web activity private and secure.
  2. Next, the app works with the Speed Server to intelligently spread network packets among all your available internet connections.
  3. And presto! Speedify is able to provide the combined speed and stability of all your internet connections—unlike any other VPN on the market.
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Step 3: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Wi-Fi and Android connections. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.

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And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.

Use Speedify for macOS to combine Wi-Fi and a tethered Android smartphone at the same time on your Mac.

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