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How to Connect My Laptop to My Phone to Use My Wireless Internet

Updated April 17, 2017

Connecting your laptop to your cell phone’s wireless Internet can provide great convenience while travelling. Using your cell phone as a modem can also come in handy in the event of an emergency. Signing up with phone-as-modem service with your wireless carrier allows your laptop either Bluetooth or USB connectivity to the Internet from anywhere your cell phone receives service. Establishing the connection only takes a few moments.

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  1. Subscribe to a phone-as-modem wireless Internet plan with your cell phone’s service provider.

  2. Install any set-up programs and drivers that may come with your phone-as-modem wireless Internet welcome package.

  3. Establish a connection between your cell phone and laptop using a Bluetooth connectivity application on either device if the phone-as-modem application supports this type of connection. Otherwise, skip this step.

  4. Insert the mini-USB end of your mini-USB-to-USB connector cable into the cell phone’s mini-USB port. Skip steps 4 and 5 if you pair the phone-as-modem-enabled device with your laptop using Bluetooth connectivity.

  5. Insert the USB end of your mini-USB-to-USB connector cable into the laptop’s USB port.

  6. Run the phone-as-modem connectivity application installed on your laptop. Enter any necessary login information.

  7. Tip

    Use the USB connection as an alternative to Bluetooth connectivity if ever necessary.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mini-USB-to-USB connector cable

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Stephen A. Powell is a tenured, versatile music writer based in New York. After honing his skills at St. John's University and City College (CUNY), Powell took his writing and media development services to XXL Magazine, SiTV and One Networks among other media outlets. Powell's love of language arts and desire to help others realize their full creative potential are pervasive throughout his work.

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