Since most computers don’t have a 4G or 5G modem, the best way to connect when you don’t have WiFi is to share a smartphone’s cellular data connection with the computer. . And if you use a Mac and an iPhone, tethering is easy.
In fact, when the two devices are connected to the same identifier, you can go directly to the Wifi settings on your Mac and then select your iPhone as an access point. With a few clicks you are connected.
If you’re using a Windows PC and an Android smartphone, it’s a bit more complicated, as the two operating systems don’t enjoy the same level of integration as the Apple ecosystem. However, Microsoft intends to make your life easier if you are already on Windows 11.
It will be easier to connect to the mobile network on an Android
Since Microsoft has already abandoned its mobile operating system (the smartphone version of Windows), the Redmond company is trying to make life easier for people who use Windows with Android smartphones (by the way, Microsoft is also a manufacturer of Android smartphones today ).
And it is the Redmond company that intends to offer Windows users a function similar to the one we have on Mac when they connect to the mobile network on an iPhone. In any case, this is what is indicated by an article recently published by the Windows Central website.
According to this, Microsoft has just released a new test version of Windows 11 (Insider, Dev Channel). In addition to fixes, this new release also includes new functionality for Phone Link, Microsoft’s app that connects Android smartphones with Windows.
Inspired by Apple, Microsoft offers a feature that allows you to connect to mobile data on a connected smartphone just by going to the Wifi panel in Windows 11.
A feature only for Samsung devices?
Currently, we do not know when this new feature will be available on the stable version of Windows 11. However, when it is available, it is possible that it will only be offered to Samsung users.
In fact, according to Windows Central, as part of the tests, this new way of connecting to a smartphone hotspot would only work for Samsung smartphones, under version 4.1.1 of the OneUI operating system or later. It is also possible that Microsoft will later offer this feature to its own smartphones, the Surface Duo.
Although Microsoft’s efforts to connect Windows and Android smartphones concern all brands, the Redmond company has a special relationship with Samsung. It is therefore not surprising that this news can be reserved for Galaxy devices.
Otherwise, it should also be remembered that on Windows 11, Microsoft offers an Android subsystem, which allows you to launch Android applications without installing a third-party emulator. In addition, Microsoft is currently preparing an update for its subsystem under Android 13.