This is a very common requirement that comes across if you have a 3G/4G USB dongle which is not a hotspot ready device so that you cant use it on your smartphone or tablet. Usually corporate companies give 3G/4G USB dongles to their employees that they can use in their laptop. These devices can be generally used only with the laptop or PC they have for work. But as you know, if you want to connect internet on your android smartphone or iPhone, you need to put the sim card which comes with USB dongle in the smartphone. Many people does not wants this as either their devices might not support dual sim cards (Example iPhone) or they must be already using 2 sim cards. In this case, let us find out what are the possibilities of connecting the USB dongle internet to any smartphone or tablet you own which has WiFi feature.

Method 1:

Mobile hotspot feature in Windows 10 laptops

This is particularly useful in work environments where you can use the data card given company only in the given laptops. All you need is a Windows 10 laptop to connect your usb modem to your smartphone.

The mobile hotspot feature in Windows 10 comes handy when you want to connect all your gadgets to internet where no WiFi router is available. This can be used whenever you want to share your internet connection available on your laptop to others . For instance, you want to share your internet at home to the guest but dont want to share the credentials to them.

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In our case, this method works well because you dont need to do any hacks for workarounds neither on your smartphone or in laptop. It can be used in android smartphones as well as iPhone.

Steps connect USB dongle internet to smartphone/Tablet:

  • Connect to your data card to laptop as usual. Use your carriers setup software for this.

  • Once you have established a connection, type “mobile hotspots” in windows 10 search and open the mobile hotspot settings.


  • Click on the toggle button to turn on the option that says “Share my internet connection with other devices”.

  • For the drop down for selecting the source of internet, choose your data card internet instead of Wi-Fi.
  • Some network credentials are setup by default. You can change this by clicking the “Edit” button.

edit hotspot credential


The mobile hotspot setup is complete from laptop end. Now search for the WiFi connection you have just created on your smartphone. You should be able to connect to the hotspot by using the credentials set.

Method 2:

Through USB OTG cable (Only for android, root access required)

If your phone supports USB OTG ( it is the acronym for USB On-The-Go) and USB host there is a chance that you can connect your dongle to smartphone via OTG cable. But in order to do this, your smartphone must be rooted first. Also, iPhone users cannot try this as iOS devices will not support this hack.

As I said earlier, your phone must have these three requirements:

  • Smartphone should support USB OTG
  • It should have a USB OTG cable (Just search on amazon, you will get it for a couple of bucks)
  • Your android smartphone shoould support USB host feature. Just google for this information, many smartphones today support this feature.
  • Last but no the least, your android smartphone must be rooted.
  • Search Google for your carriers APN details. For example In India, Airtel has the following APN settings
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APN name: internet

Username: blank

password: blank

If you have met all the above requirements, follow these steps:

  • Install PPP Widget from the Google Play Store
  • Once you have installed, you should find the widget by taping “widgets” from home screen. (This is different in many smartphones, do it right for your smartphone). Add the widget to your home screen.
  • Connect the dongle to smartphone via OTG cable.
  • You should get a popup to set PP widget to open whenever this USB datacard is connected. Set it as default by checking it.
  • You will get a screen to enter the APN details. Enter the details.
  • Go to home screen and hit connect.

The internet should get connected on your device.

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