Does USB Tethering Use Hotspot Data of Verizon, AT&T And T-Mobile? by@reddtimes

Does USB Tethering Use Hotspot Data of Verizon, AT&T And T-Mobile?

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What is USB Tethering? A Universal Serial Bus cable is one of the known kinds of cables used to connect computers to peripheral devices such as your keyboard, mouse, and speakers to feed your computer with information for data processing. Tethering is the act of connecting your laptop to your smartphone to transmit the internet. USB tethering means linking your phone to your computer using a USB cable for the internet connection.

How Does USB Tethering work?

Using your USB cable, plug in the charging end to the phone and the USB end to your computer. Go to wireless and networks from your phone settings and select ‘tethering and portable hotspot’. USB tethering is different from a Wi-Fi hotspot as you can only connect a single device at a time since you are using a single cable to connect to the internet. You can connect more than one device to a Wi-Fi hotspot by creating a wireless network. Unlike Wi-Fi hotspots, where you need to turn off your Wi-Fi connection, you don’t need to turn off your Wi-Fi to activate USB tethering.

USB Tethering and Hotspot Data of Verizon

The main reason you might find yourself linking your smartphone to your laptop via USB would be to share files between the two devices. Your hotspot data is not consumed when sharing files between the two devices.

The main advantage of USB tethering is that apart from sharing files, your smartphone is charging simultaneously. Your battery, therefore, does not drain while on USB tethering. In addition, Internet connectivity is slightly faster on USB tethering since there is no interference caused by network traffic because only one device is connected at any particular time.

Unless you use USB tethering to do bulk tasks like streaming online shows, uploading files on a website, or sending emails, your Verizon hotspot data will be greatly consumed. Therefore, USB tethering will only consume your hotspot data from Verizon if your intended connection is not related to file sharing between the two devices.

Since your Hotspot data of Verizon has been greatly consumed while doing bulky tasks on USB tethering, you will need to limit the amount of data consumed. Once your smartphone is connected to your laptop via a USB cable, you can configure your laptop to consume less data by creating a metered connection on your laptop’s setting. Setting your laptop to a metered connection communicates to your laptop to save you as much data as possible to avoid depleting your mobile data plan.

USB Tethering and AT&T Hotspot

Using a USB cable and AT&T Unite, you can easily connect your device to a wired network via USB tethering. If your device cannot automatically connect to the AT&T Unite hotspot, you can easily connect it using a USB cable. This can be done by plugging your cable into your device and the other end plugged into your AT&T hotspot device.

USB Tethering and T-Mobile Hotspot

T-Mobile hotspot is a wireless internet connection that allows you to link at least seven devices. T-Mobile allows you to connect your smart device with your computer or laptop via a USB cable for data sharing. When using USB tethering to create an internet connection via T-Mobile, you need to know that you will incur extra charges other than your subscription plan. This is because T-Mobile has already given you an extra amount of data for tethering needs. If you abuse your data limit, you will be charged for it as you are using more data than what you initially subscribed for. However, you are not charged extra when on a T-Mobile hotspot, but you might experience slow speeds when you exhaust your data limit plan. However, the actual speeds are restored immediately after renewing your monthly subscription plan.


Unlike wireless connections, which tend to drain your battery life, USB tethering has your smartphone charging while connected to the computer. From the above explanations on tethering your device on a hotspot network, USB tethering does not entirely depend on hotspot data to successfully transfer files between two devices. For USB tethering to succeed, you only need to have a smartphone and a working USB cable connected to your computer and your phone. At the same time, a hotspot needs a data plan or a Wi-Fi network to transmit the internet across two devices. Keep in mind that you will need to have hotspot data if you intend on doing anything apart from file sharing when tethering via USB. For wireless mobile hotspot tethering, you do not need a USB cable for the connection to be complete. All you are required to do is create a mobile hotspot on your device to be discoverable by your laptop.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does USB Tethering affect the battery health of my device?

The fact that your phone is charging while on USB Tethering does not mean that your battery’s health life is improving. Leaving our devices on power for a long time may cause their battery to age faster. Although USB tethering is very efficient and fast, we are encouraged not to leave our devices connected for an extended period.

Is USB tethering more reliable than hotspot?

USB tethering is faster than a hotspot data connection, depending on your needs. USB tethering will be your best option if you only need to link one device, unlike someone who needs to link more than one device on the same network.

I cannot successfully link my device via USB cable; what could be the problem?

The problem might be with your USB cable. Ensure that your USB cable is compatible with your devices and is working correctly.

How safe is USB Tethering?

USB Tethering is one of the safest methods of transferring data as it is very secure since a third user cannot penetrate it.


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