How to Combine Wi-Fi and Tethered Android on a Mac

With Speedify, it’s easy to combine your Android connection with a Wi-Fi connection on your Mac. In this article, we are going to walk you through how to do it.

Step 1: Connect your Mac to a Wi-Fi network using your computer's internal Wi-Fi card. This can be your home Wi-Fi network, a work network, or even a public network. Keep in mind, if your Mac's Wi-Fi and your Android's Wi-Fi (if you are using it) are connected to the same router, they cannot be combined for increased bandwidth using channel bonding applications like Speedify because they both share the same upstream network. This means that your Mac's Wi-Fi connection source must be different than your Android's internet connection source. As an example, you can use your Wi-Fi network on your Mac and your 4G network on your Android.

In many cases, your Mac may already be connected to Wi-Fi. If you are not, click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar. Then turn Wi-Fi on and select your preferred network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.

Step 2: Now, it's time to connect to your Android connection. Android devices that use Sim Cards (like Smart Phones and Tablets) can use a 3G, 4G, or LTE connection; by tethering, you can harness that connection as an additional internet source. Once you have connected your Android to an internet source, you can start tethering your Android to your Mac via Bluetooth or USB.

Here's how to Tether an Android to a Mac via USB

Here's how to Tether an Android to a Mac via Bluetooth

Keep in mind that Bluetooth is not typically the optimal method for tethering: it is limited to 1 Mbps (Bluetooth 4) or 2 Mbps (Bluetooth 5). If you have fast LTE speeds on your phone, you might get better results with the method described above.

Step 3: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Wi-Fi and Android connections. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.

And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.

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