How to USB Tether/Use Android Phone’s Internet Connection on Mac

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Android smartphones come with WiFi tethering and USB tethering feature. This allows you to easily share your Android phone’s internet connection with your WiFi enabled PC or Laptop. The USB tethering feature allows you to share your Android phone’s internet connection with your PC or Laptop using a USB cable. Usually, this works flawlessly on any Windows running PC and Laptop, however the ride is not smooth  while working with a MAC. 

If you try to USB tether your Android Phone’s internet connection with your Mac, it wold not work because of some incompatibility issue. The problem is because of driver issue, which doesn’t come pre-installed with the Mac and even not provided by either of the OEMs. Fortunately, a developer named Joshua Wise developed a compatible driver for USB tethering called HoRNDIS (pronounced as horrendous). Follow this guide to know how to How to USB Tether/Use Android Phone’s Internet Connection on Mac.

How to USB Tether/Use Android Phone’s Internet Connection on Mac

Step 1: Download HoRNDIS from the website. Once downloaded, double-click on the downloaded file to run it and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Do remember to restart your MAC after the successful installation.

Step 2: Now you have to enable USB tethering on your Android smartphone. To do this follow these steps.

  • Turn on mobile data on your device and make sure that you have an active data connection.
  • Next, tap on your phone’s Settings
  • Under Wireless and Networks tap on More
  • Find and tap on Tethering and portable hotspot 
  • Next, tap on USB tethering to enable it

Step 3: Once you have enabled Tethering on your smartphone, connect your Android device to your Mac using USB cable. Now open System Preferences and go to Network settings.  This should list all your available network connections along with your smartphone. If your smartphone has a green dot and a message showing connected, that means your device is successfully connected.  

HoRNDIS

Else, double-click on your Smartphone name to create the connection. That’s it. You have successfully connected and now are ready to share Android Phone’s internet connection with your Mac. 

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