What is Mobile tethering and How Does It Work?

Tethering is a term that is being used frequently nowadays and seems to go with the advancement of mobile phone technology. Some of us have indeed heard it but may not know quite what it is. Here we seek to understand the term and look into its applications in our day-to-day lives.

Tethering is a process of turning your smartphone into a Wi-Fi router or internet hotspot enabling other Wi-Fi enabled devices to access the internet. This is done by turning on the tethering option in your phone settings.

One of the main benefits of tethering is when you need to access the internet on a much larger device than your smartphone such as a PC or Laptop, perhaps to work or watch online streaming videos on BBC iPlayer or Netflix.

How Tethering Works

There are basically three ways that you can enable tethering, by turning on enable tethering option in your phone settings, via Bluetooth or via USB cable. When you enable the tethering option, you create a small Wi-fi network that will be visible on the list of available networks on your other devices such as PCs or tablets.

This option is also fairly fast as far as connection speed goes compared to using Bluetooth but the fastest connection speed involves using the USB cable.


How to Turn on Tethering on an Android Phone

On your phone go to settings and tap Wireless and Networks. Then go to Tethering and Portable Hotspot and begin the process of creating a hotspot name and password.

To ensure other people do not steal your network, pick the WPA2-section.

How to Turn on Tethering on iPhone 

Go to settings and tap Personal Hotspot and turn it on by pressing the toggle at the top right corner of your phone. Then fill in your password.

There is also the option of connecting via Bluetooth or USB. The next time to open the list of available networks, you should be able to see your network on that list.

Tethering and Battery Life

Using USB cable is convenient in that your smartphone will be charging as you use the internet. While using the wireless options, the battery can drain quickly so it is best to have a power supply close by.

Cost of Tethering

While tethering on your laptop or PC, webpages load in their full desktop version and will therefore consume more data than if you are using a tablet. Some networks will also not allow tethering while those that do allow will not include it in your monthly data allowance. It can therefore be quite expensive.

Considerations for Choosing a mobile Tethering Policy

As we can see tethering can use up a lot of mobile data allowance. Different networks in the UK offer different packages and the most ideal for you will depend on your internet usage.

If you are planning on doing it often, then it would be wise to keep certain things in mind to help you choose the most convenient network and the best plan for your needs.

  • What you use the internet for

While tethering using a PC, websites will open in their desktop version which includes more features. This will use up more data than if you are using a tablet or smartphone.

If you plan on streaming videos online or downloading music and videos, then the data usage will also be quite huge compared to opening websites and sending emails.

  • Number of devices tethered

The data usage rate will obviously increase with the number of devices that are accessing your network. The more the number of devices connected the more the data usage.

  • Travelling

If the nature of your business requires you to travel often then it would be best to consider a network with a wider coverage. This will ensure consistent connection.

  • Restrictions and Data Limit

While some networks will allow data usage via tethering, they may have restrictions o the amount of data you can use in a month. Depending of your data requirements, you can select the network that provides the best package.

Remember to always turn off the tethering function on your smartphone when not in use to conserve battery life.


Rooting your Mobile Phone

How much control do you think you have with your smart phone? Most people think that they have complete or as much control as they could possibly need. But you’d be surprised. What if I told you something that most mobile phone manufacturers would never mention; one that unlocks all the potential that your phone has?

Well, It’s called rooting. Yes, so let us look at what rooting is and discover a whole new world of possibilities.

Phone rooting, also referred to as jailbreaking is gaining complete access to your mobile phone settings which are normally not accessible on the settings section on your screen. While you are rooting, it is important to be careful as the downside is that you could render your mobile phone unusable. However, done correctly, you will be able to enjoy all the benefits of having complete control on your phone settings. These benefits are as follows:

Change to the latest Android operating system

One main advantage of learning to root your phone is that you can change your current OS. The good thing with the android OS is that it could allow you to upgrade to the latest version even when you are using a different phone. Allow me to reiterate further. Suppose you wanted the same experience as the one with the latest Samsung galaxy note but you are on a completely different phone. You could easily upgrade your mobile phone to the operating system used on the Samsung galaxy note.

Download more and exciting mobile apps

Mobile manufacturers or carriers will very often limit the types of applications that you can download so that you can stick on certain apps. For example, you may not be able to download an app that allows you to gain access to wifi hotspots and be able to distribute this to other devices in your environment be it office or at home. Rooting allows you to be able to download such diverse and fun applications further expanding on what your phone can do.

Apps specifically designed for rooted smart phones

There is a whole world out there full of hundreds upon hundreds of cool apps that are specifically designed for rooted phones. These apps offer new and exciting ways of doing things and they can only be accessed if you have made the necessary changes. Rooting will enable you to discard applications that you do not need to use and gain those that are useful in your day-to-day life.

Get rid of irrelevant factory settings and applications

Most mobile phones if not all come with factory settings and applications that cannot be uninstalled. These applications normally control how your mobile phone runs. Some of them you will hardly use rendering them valueless to your daily activities. Most mobile manufacturers will not allow you to download an application that uses your mobile phone as a wifi hotspot but when your phone is rooted you will be able to install an app that will enable tethering thereby allowing your phone to be a wifi hotspot and distribute internet to other devices in the office.

These factory settings limit what the phone can do as well as consume available space that can be utilized by better applications.

Improve on battery life

Your mobile phone display is the most battery draining facility of all. Most of the charge in your phone battery is eaten up by the lighting on your screen when using the phone. Rooting will enable you to reduce the brightness of your phone display even further than is normally allowed by default which will ultimately increase your battery life. Getting rid of those unused applications goes a step further is saving your battery life.