Turn off Windows 11’s Wi-Fi and connect your smartphone via a USB cable. Turn on iPhone’s Personal Hotspot via Settings > Personal Hotspot > Allow Others to Join.
Turn on Android’s Mobile Hotspot feature via Settings > Network & internet > Hotspot & Tethering > USB tethering.
On this page, you’ll find the instructions for how to connect your Windows 11 device to your iPhone or Android's internet connection by using the USB tethering feature.
You’ll find detailed steps for how to enable tethering on mobile devices and several tips for what to do when the internet connection isn’t working properly.
Here’s what you need to do to enable USB tethering on your smartphone to access its internet connection on your Windows 11 laptop, computer, tablet, or two-in-one device such as a Microsoft Surface.
Turn off your Windows 11 device’s Wi-Fi so it won’t connect to any other networks.
The fastest way to do this is to select the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar. Turn on your iPhone and activate Personal Hotspot. If you’re using an Android smartphone, switch it on and enable Mobile Hotspot.
Plug your smartphone into your Windows 11 laptop, tablet, or computer via a compatible USB cable. The Ethernet icon should appear in the Windows 11 taskbar near the clock once the connection is made. You can also check the USB tethering is working properly by opening Settings > Network & Internet.
Windows 11 doesn’t have an icon or switch for Ethernet and wired internet connections in the Action Center like it does for Wi-Fi. Enabling USB tethering on iPhone and Android is surprisingly simple and can be done in just a few taps.
On iPhone, open Settings and tap Personal Hotspot > Allow Others to Join.
If you’re using an Android smartphone, open Settings and tap Network & internet > Hotspot & Tethering > USB tethering.
The exact phrasing may differ on Android depending on what device and version of the operating system you’re using.
Despite what it’s called, it will look something like the above example and won’t look too different.