How to Connect Your Laptop to the Internet With a Cell Phone

Most cell phones are capable of many Internet functions. You can connect your laptop to the Web, using it as a portable modem, from anyplace that you have cell phone coverage. This process is also referred to as tethering.

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Connect to Internet via Cell Phone

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Turn on the phone.

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Verify the phone is not connected to the computer.

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Press the “Menu” button.

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Select “Options” or “Setting,” based on your phone manufacturer.

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Select the option for “Internet Sharing” or “Internet Access”.

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Go to the “PC Connection Field.”

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Set the field to “USB.”

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Go to the "Network Connection" field and enter your mobile carrier's name.

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Click the option for “Connect” or “On.”

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Connect the phone to computer via the USB cable that came with the phone.

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Verify that the “add new hardware wizard” appears and locates the phone once it is connected via USB.

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Wait about a minute before as drivers install if this if your first time connecting to a computer.

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Click your “Internet Browser” icon.

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Make sure that you can connect to the Internet and browse normally. This type of connection is usually slower than a hard-wired connection.