How to Solve USB Tethering Error On Android Phone?

As we know, Android phones can be used as a modem to get an Internet connection on laptops using the tethering feature. The tethering feature converts an Android phone into a wireless modem and shares the Internet among other devices. If anyone does not know what tethering stands for, it is a feature that allows sharing Android phone's mobile data connection via USB or as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. This article explains a strange issue I faced while using the tethering feature.

Yesterday while traveling, I got into a strange error. My mobile handset failed to tether. After connecting my Android handset to the laptop, it showed a message USB connected and check to tether. Once I clicked tether, it faded out and showed a USB tethering error.

Then I received a pop-up to turn on USB storage. I clicked on the button to turn on USB storage, and then it displayed another message you cannot tether while USB storage is on.

I turned off the USB storage, and then it showed USB connected, check to tether. I clicked on the tether option, but it displayed the USB tethering error.

This article explains the procedure I followed to fix the strange USB tethering error.

How to Fix If Android USB Tethering Is Not Working At All?

  1. Disconnect the USB cable and Reconnect

    • Disconnect the USB cord from the Laptop and the Android Handset.

    • Reconnect carefully.

    • If the issue persists, go to the next step.

  2. Switch Off the Android Phone and Reboot

    • Disconnect the USB cord from the Android Phone

    • Switch Off the Mobile Phone

    • Restart the Phone after two minutes

    • Reconnect the Phone to the Laptop using a USB cord

    • Try to activate USB tethering

  3. How to Check Tethering On Your Android Phone

    1. Go to the Home screen

    2. Click on Applications

    3. Click on Settings

    4. Click on Wireless & networks

    5. Click on Tethering & Portable hotspot

    6. Check USB tethering and if you still get a tethering error, go to the next step.

  4. Reboot your Laptop

  5. Use a Different USB Cable

    A faulty USB cable can result in USB tethering troubles. Connect your laptop and Android phone using a new USB cable and check to tether.

  6. Use Different USB port

    Connect your Android phone to a different USB port on your Laptop.

I use Samsung Galaxy to connect my Laptop to access the Internet while traveling. Samsung Kies installed on my laptop makes it easy to tether. However, it is not error-free. The Samsung Kies installed on my laptop hang often.

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So, I prefer the tethering option provided on the phone to the Samsung Kies. To learn how to enable the Internet on Android phones with various service providers, click on the link below.
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If you have tethering issues, you cannot access the Internet on your computer through an Android phone. It is because the Android phone cannot act as a modem for your PC due to the USB tethering problem.

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  1. Anonymous9:23 PM

    hello sir, I have a BSNL Broadband modem (Nokia Siemens 1600 residential) and a Samsung Quattro smartphone. I have enabled WiFi in my modem my-self and I can connect to this Wifi network using my smartphone. But problem is that I can only view the Google page, other web sites are showing "Request Time out". And also the Google page open very slowly. but in my mobile it is showing that 54mbps connection; signal strength FULL. Please help. pleaser give or post a step by step procedure it will help me a lot.

  2. Alex George9:16 AM

    Since on your smartphone you cannot access any websites other than Google home page, most probably this page (Google) comes from cache. Please check the following details.

    1. Can you access Internet on any other wireless computers ? (wireless)

    2. Have you enabled any wireless encryption on your modem ?

    3. Can you connect to the wireless network with other devices ?