How to connect phone to a computer through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Connecting devices via USB cable rarely causes difficulties for anyone, so we will not dwell on it. Consider ways to connect wirelessly.


To establish the connection, make sure that the Bluetooth adapters are enabled on your computer and phone. On Windows 10, this option is enabled in the Device Settings app, on Android smartphones in the Quick Access bar.

Click the Add Bluetooth or other device button shown below.

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In the next window, choose your Bluetooth connection type.

Click on your phone in the list of discovered devices. Check the numeric code that appears below in the window and on the phone. If the code matches, click Connect.

To access the mobile gadget’s features, scroll down to the Bluetooth and Other Devices window to the Related Options section and click Devices and Printers.

Find your phone and right click on it. The context menu shows the options Windows provides for its use.

In my example there is practically none, and in order for the computer to be able to communicate with the phone, for example, as a flash drive or as a webcam, you will have to install a third-party application like MyPhoneExplorer.

The most common way of interaction between PC and cell phone via Wi-Fi is using one of the devices as an Internet access point for the other. As an access point, most often use a smartphone connected to the World Wide Web via 3G/4G mobile operator networks.

Setting up this connection is very easy:

  • In the modem mode options, select Wi-Fi hotspot. In the next section, define the access point settings. In most cases here is enough to set a password to connect, the rest is optimal by default.

Once this has been done you can connect your computer to the access point.

The reverse method of connection between smartphone and PC is possible when the access point is launched on PC. The function supports all editions of the system, starting with Windows 7 (except for the start and home basic edition).

Creating a virtual access point in Windows is also not difficult. Windows 10 has a Mobile Hotspot function, which is started through the Network and Internet Options. Just move the slider to the on position and the access point is started. Of course, in order for the phone to access the Internet through it, the computer itself must be connected to it.

In addition, in the properties of your PC’s Internet connection, the permissions should be set as shown in the screenshot below. From the Home network connection list, select wireless.

Mac OS X has a similar feature. There it is configured through the Shared Internet. For computers that use Wi-Fi. Access point name and password are set in Wi-Fi Settings.

Most modern smartphones and computers (equipped with wireless adapters) support data transmission over Wi-Fi. In particular, WI-FI Direct and Miracast. Both standards use a direct connection between devices, that is, not through a router.

Wireless multimedia technology Wi-Fi Direct is implemented in the vast majority of popular brands and models of smartphones Xiaomi Redmi 4 pro, Xiaomi Redmi 4X, Samsung Galaxy, ZTE Blade, Asus, Lenovo, etc. д. The function is turned on in the additional settings of Wi-Fi networks:

After activating Wi-Fi Direct, the phone starts searching for devices that support this function and are in the vicinity. When a suitable device is found, just select it from the list to start the transfer.

To connect Wi-Fi Direct, the computer must have network discovery and file and printer sharing enabled. The network profile must be private.

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In addition, the PC must have media streaming feature active (the easiest way to open this window is through the system search):

And permission to access shared media files for the selected mobile device must be enabled:

To display photos or videos on the phone screen or use it as a speaker for music, just open the file context menu on your PC, click on Upload to device and specify which one.

Miracast technology, unlike Wi-Fi Direct, allows you to display any content, not just multimedia, on another device. To connect your phone’s screen to your computer and vice versa, make the following settings:

  • On an Android smartphone: open the Settings app, go to Display and select Wireless Monitor. To view your phone’s screen on your computer, choose a compatible PC from the list to act as a signal receiver. If you want to share your phone screen picture with others, select Use by others to share your phone screen picture with others.
  • On a computer: Open the Notification Center in the system tray and click the Connect tile. Then select Connect mobile device from the list. If both devices support Miracast technology, your phone will connect to your computer monitor, or rather, act as a monitor itself.

Internet on your computer through your phone (USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi)

of mobile Internet in 3G and 4G networks have almost come down from exorbitant heights to the ground and soon, we should expect, will equal the cost of traditional cable communication. And there, we may see, and will displace it completely, because it is much more convenient to use the Internet, which is always with you (in a cell phone), than to be tied to its stationary source.

Switch from fixed Internet to 3G/4G is a matter of minutes. It’s enough to have a contract with a mobile operator (access to the global web is now included in almost any tariff plan) and a certain amount on your balance. And the cell phone itself, which will be the connection point.

Let’s talk about how to connect the Internet to your computer using an Android smartphone as a modem.

Wired connection via USB

When you connect your smartphone to your laptop, a pop-up window should appear on your phone, showing that it is successfully connected, and after a couple of moments it will automatically disappear.

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If you do not have time to choose the desired mode in this short period of time, then open the curtain and find our connection. After that it is required to choose the necessary mode of file transfer. If problems arise, there are several ways to fix them.

USB debugging

  • Go to your phone settings, select Advanced.
  • Then in the opened menu look for “For Developers” heading.
  • In the menu that opens select USB debugging (enable).

Important detail. if there is an anti-virus software installed on your phone, disable it.

If this doesn’t work, then a factory reset should help you. Up to this point you need to transfer (save) all the data you need to the media, as it will be deleted during the reset.

Update the driver

  • Open the “Start” menu on your phone
  • Then open “Devices and printers” tab. There you need to select your model of the device (if it appeared), for example, Redmi Note 7.
  • Highlight it with mouse and open “Troubleshooting” item, there you should update driver.

What to use MTP or PTP

Using RTD or PTP protocols is only possible with a wired connection between your smartphone and your laptop or computer.

Media Transfer Protocol (aka MTP) is a protocol designed to copy or send data, used in Android devices.

When you enable this mode your smartphone gives all rights to your PC and permission to both copy and delete all files and folders. 90% of all operations related to any actions and operations with data on the phone carried out through the MTP protocol.

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RTP is a protocol that is designed to send pictures or photos. It allows you to connect your smartphone to your computer as a camera for video streaming and video calls, or shoot photos and video with direct saving files to your computer.

How to connect Android to PC

Android and PC are connected via USB cable and then you choose the connection mode on your Android device.

  • Connect the USB cable to your computer or laptop.
  • Then connect the USB cable to your Android device (phone or tablet).
  • At the moment of connection, in the notification bar you will see an icon for USB connection and options to choose:
  • The transfer of multimedia files;
  • image transfer;
  • Connection MIDI-devices;
  • Charge (connect to recharge your device).
  • Choose the desired option and confirm your choice.
  • Your computer informs you that you want to connect your Android device (or D-drive, for example).

If you don’t bother, you must define between 1 and 4. That is, your purpose of connecting to a computer is to transfer files or charge your device.

As you can see there is nothing complicated, but difficulties arise if the computer does not react to the connection, simply PC does not see the connected Android device. What to do in such a case?

Why doesn’t the computer see Android via USB

The second way to connect your cell phone to your computer or laptop via USB cable

If you want to connect your Samsung, Honor, Redmi, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Asus, Xiaomi, Meizu, Sony, Beeline phone, Xiaomi, Nokia Lumia, Fly, ZTE, Tele2, Philips, prestigeo, Mi phone, Highway, Alkatel, Jinga, Digma, Sip phone or another you need to look for proprietary software designed to control such smartphone, like the “Kies” for Samsung phones?

Only on the one hand, the whole procedure becomes even easier connect the phone and select the appropriate option in the program, but this type of software unnecessarily consumes resources of the computer system, constantly running in the background mode.

In my opinion, the first method above is the most effective form of working with files on your phone.

So I will give only some programs for the most popular phone models. If you need more please tell me in Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

For Samsung it is the program “KIES”, for SON Xperia Companion, for LG LG Bridge or PC Suite, for Huawei and Honor. HiSuite, for Xiaomi Mi PC Suite.

Remember that access to the Internet quickly drains the battery. It is worth thinking about an additional power source for our phone, because the simultaneous connection of multiple devices can reduce the operating time of the smartphone to several hours.

Step 2 connect your Android phone via USB to your laptop or computer

You should see a tooltip in the status bar of the smartphone (at the very top) and see a request for trust.

This presence means the successful completion of the process of synchronizing your phone with your laptop or computer.

After clicking on it, we go to setting up the connection. To do this, you have to pull the panel from the top down.

Choosing the correct communication protocol is crucial when accessing certain types of files and supported software.

Note. Do NOT delete important Android system files located in directories with the word “Android”. All of our data can be found in several folders listed below:

  • Music music folder.
  • Download files downloaded to your smartphone from the internet
  • DCIM or Pictures of photos and videos taken with the built-in camera

USB connection

This method is the easiest and most accessible. All you need is a phone, a USB cable (lately it is also used for charging from the network by means of an adapter), and a laptop.

Plan of action for connecting the devices:

  • Insert the USB wire at one end into the charging jack on your phone, and connect the other end to an available port on your laptop. If the devices are working properly, they will emit a beep indicating that new hardware has been detected.
  • On the phone, select the operating mode. Usually users are given the opportunity to select the smartphone as a storage device, external camera, or just to put it on the charge.
  • There is no need to install any additional software on modern gadgets, because it is there by default. If you do not pair the device, make sure it is working, try plugging it into a different USB port, and then reboot your computer. If the pairing is successful, the phone will show up on the laptop as an additional hard disk drive.
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The main advantage of this connection format is the fast transfer of files. So if you need to send a large amount of data, you should choose this connection option. The only drawback is that the phone will be tied to the laptop for this time, limiting its freedom of movement.

Any mobile device comes with a USB cable. On the one hand it has a full-size USB plug, which plugs into a USB port on a computer or laptop, and on the other hand. the plug microUSB / USB Type-C. With it, the cable is connected to the phone.

Note: The USB cable is also used to charge the battery of the phone. If the cable is plugged into a charger, disconnect it.

Connect your phone to your computer: connect microUSB/USB Type-C plug to the port of the same name on the phone (usually it is on the bottom edge) and plug USB connector to any USB socket on a notebook or PC.

If your computer has a blue connector, I suggest you connect your phone to that. The blue color means that the port is high-speed, which means that the data will be transferred faster.

Wait for a short time while the computer recognizes the device and downloads the required drivers. This will happen when you connect the phone for the first time. no need to wait further.

After that the notification icon will appear on the screen of your smartphone in the status bar. Open the notification panel by sliding your finger down from the top edge of the display. Then click the notification message “Charging your device via USB”.

The list of available USB modes will be shown. For file transfer only two of them are suitable. file transfer mode and photo transfer mode (aka PTP or Picture Transfer Protocol). To copy and send files other than photos and videos, select the first mode.

This completes connection of the phone to your PC. all folders and files will be available for viewing and changing with any file manager installed on your PC.

Quickly identifying the culprit

Tracing the cause-and-effect relationship makes it much easier to locate the problem, but in about half of the cases there is nothing concrete preceding it. If this is the case for you, the following steps will help you determine where the mobile device, PC, or USB cable is failing.

  • Move the cable around the connectors (these are more likely to be jammed) and see if the phone (tablet) is not detected in Explorer or Device Manager on your computer. Or connect the devices with another cable that is known to work and capable of transferring data.
  • Connect your phone to another computer, and another mobile device to that PC. If phone is not detected anywhere, the problem is definitely on your phone. Do the same for your PC.
  • If the reason is supposedly the computer, check the phone in all the USB sockets, maybe the problem is in one or more of them (for example in the front group only).

If you think the cable is the source of problem, just replace it. What to do in other cases, read further.