Connect Android mobile phones Wi-Fi to computer or laptop to share internet and files

In this article you get the settings that provide the feature of creating a Wireless Connection in your Windows computer (PC, Laptop) to share the internet connection for use on Android OS smartphones. Read the article to know how to make the necessary changes in the settings t0 connect your Android smartphone to computer via Wi-Fi to share the internet and files on your smartphone.

Nowadays, most of the Android mobile phones are equipped with Wi-Fi connection and are able to connect to infrastructure network to use internet connections. Most of us would have tried to connect Android phones to Windows computer via Wi-Fi to share internet connection. How many of you have succeeded in doing so? We can easily connect the Android phone to computer by switching on the Hotspot (Tethering and portable hotspot) available on Android phones (This hotspot is not available in all phones) to share internet connection for PC from mobile phone. But it is difficult to connect the other way round. If internet is available in your computer and if you want to connect it to your Android phone, it will not get connected. All PC's are equipped with WiFi technology and they provide the feature of creating a wireless connection which enables to share the internet connection available on the computer. Since the Android OS is unable to detect the "ad-hoc" wireless networks, we cannot share internet usage with Android mobile phones. But this can be made possible by installing some software.

Earlier "Airdroid" software (available in Google Play) was installed on phones to connect Android mobiles to computer. One could easily transfer files using this software. But this software cannot share the internet available on the computer. Many other software are also available in the market, some of them are paid software, for creating a Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows for sharing internet connection to Android phones.

Here, I introduce you with a software that can easily connect and share the internet with Android phones. For this you have to download mhotspot software. This software enables to create an infrastructure network. Follow the below steps to make some necessary changes in the settings.

1) Share your computer Internet connection with the Wi-Fi adapter. For this open "Network and Sharing Center" and click on "Change adapter settings". Here you can find the list of all the network adapters and connections on your computer. Now, Right click on your current internet connection and open the "properties". In the newly opened window, click on the "Sharing " button available on the right hand side of the window. Then tick the box "Allow other network users to ……….. internet connection". Then select "Wireless Network Connection 2″ from the list in" Home networking connection". Then click on OK to close the window.

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2) Now Right click on the "Wireless Network Connection 2" and open "Properties" to open a new window. Double click on the "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)". It will open another window. Make the necessary changes in the IP address as stated below. select the option "Use the following IP adress". Set the "IP address" to, the "Subnet mask" to and leave the "Default gateway" blank. Also, set as the "Preferred DNS server". Leave "Alternate DNS server", blank. Click "OK" and also close other Properties window. Thus, we have shared our Internet connection. Then, connect to the Internet connection.

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3) Now open the "mhotspot" software installed in your computer. Give a name and password to the Hotspot. Now click on the Start Hotspot tab to switch on the hotspot. If it is properly connected and sharing the internet connection, then you can see "Internet Access" below the hotpspot network you created in the taskbar network icon.

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4) Now the final step is to make necessary changes on you Android smartphone. Proceed to "Settings - Wireless and networks - Wi-Fi settings" and click on the menu button to get the "Advanced" option. Open the tab and check the option "Use static IP". Set the "IP address" to, "Gateway" to, "Netmask" to and "DNS1″ to and leave "DNS2″ blank. Now save the settings and turn the Wi-Fi on.

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Now search for the available Wi-Fi connections and connect to the generated wireless connection. Enter the password that you saved in the mhotspot. Now open the internet in your mobile and enjoy browsing.

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Guest Author: K Sangeetha30 Sep 2014

By doing this, can we browse mobile internet in laptop?

Guest Author: divya10 May 2015

Thanks for the information, I Connected my smartphone to my laptop hotspot but I am unable to access the internet on my phone, so kindly guide me what to do.

Guest Author: Earthling29 Dec 2015

The article title is misleading. It appears that you will explain how to share the WiFi on the mobile with the laptop, but you explained the exact opposite.

Guest Author: Sser16 Jun 2016

How about reverse ... I want to sharing internet data from my phone to laptop ... So i can browsing in big screen

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