USB Tether an Android device to a Mac

This article will teach you how to tether an Android device to a Mac via USB connection without rooting.

Android USB tethering is a very useful feature but it doesn’t work with Mac computers natively as it does with PCs. To get it working with Mac, we need to install an extra driver called “HoRNDIS” on the Mac computer.

This driver is very easy to configure and works seamlessly. You don’t even need to root your Android device or install any extra app on it. Without further ado, here’s how to configure and start USB tethering your Android phone to your Mac.

How to USB tether an Android device to a Mac

Step 1: Go to the developer’s website and download the package of HoRNDIS. It works with Mac OS X versions 10.6.8 though 10.14 (Mojave – the newest macOS version at the time of writing).

Step 2: Double click on the .pkg package you have just downloaded and follow the instructions in the installer. If your Mac running macOS High Sierra or Mojave and later, a “System Extension Blocked” dialog box will pop up. Click “Open Security Preferences”, then click “Allow” to load the driver.

Step 3: Assuming that you have installed the driver without errors, restart your Mac and connect your Android phone to your Mac via USB cable.

Step 4: On your Android phone, go to Settings > About phone or About device. Scroll down and find Build number (as I have a Samsung Galaxy), tap on it seven times to activate the developer mode. On some Android devices, it could be something other than “Build number”, you can Google for ‘enable developer mode on + “your phone model”‘ to find out.

Step 5: The Developer options menu will now appear under Settings > Developer options. In there, enable USB debugging.

Step 6: Navigate to the network settings part on your Android phone. This varies by mode/software version, but there should be a section for Tethering & Portable Hotspot. Select it and enable USB Tethering.

If everything proceeds without errors, you should be able to share the Internet connection from the Android phone to your Mac. The network should show up in System Preferences > Networks as the connected network.

USB Tethering Android to Mac

Benefits of Using USB Tethering instead of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Tethering

Tethering via USB is pretty much everybody’s preferred method for these reasons:

  • You can tether and charge the device constantly at the same time. Whereas Wi-Fi and Bluetooth tethering drain your device’s battery drastically.
  • Since the tethered connection is hardwired rather than wireless, it’s more secure, and should be faster.

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