1. ms65677's Avatar
    Why don't Microsoft windows mobile add usb otg, usb tethring to lumia phones?
    05-13-2017 03:28 AM
  2. clintvs's Avatar
    Would love usb tethering. Just makes life a bit easier.
    05-14-2017 07:24 PM
  3. Nate W's Avatar
    Where does it say they don't?

    It's a security measure from my perspective to keep from globally opening up usb otg on the device.

    One place on the phone it is supported from my perspective is under accounts for provisioning packages to the device. If you get a usb c to usb a otg cable and connect it with a usb drive. Go to connect to work and school part of accounts. You can see your thumb drive available when adding a provisioning package.
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    05-14-2017 07:26 PM
  4. Nate W's Avatar
    Also check out storage next time you connect a storage drive via a USB otg cable. Mine shows.
    05-14-2017 07:35 PM
  5. Nate W's Avatar
    Now from phone to phone tethering may be where it is limited. What type of tethering are you wanting to achieve? I am assuming internet...
    Last edited by Nate W; 05-14-2017 at 08:12 PM.
    05-14-2017 07:39 PM
  6. Aravind Belagaje's Avatar
    Usb tethering is not supported yet by wp and it won't seems much required. Unless you have a desktop which doesn't have Bluetooth as well as wifi. Usb otg is supported by newer Lumia devices like 650 550 950 and 950xl. And both of these are just needs a driver update or firmware update which Microsoft is not giving for older devices.
    ven07 likes this.
    05-14-2017 08:45 PM
  7. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    USB OTG are only on newer Windows Mobile devices. Firmware are needed from manufacturer distributed by ota through updates or the recovery tool. I never found a use case for USB tethering. What's it for?
    Sedp23 likes this.
    05-14-2017 08:52 PM
  8. raycpl's Avatar
    I wouldn't mind USB-tethering (aka wired hotspot) if it doesn't sap the phone battery.


    ... !!
    05-14-2017 09:17 PM
  9. T Moore's Avatar
    most all devices you want to connect to phone data do not support USB tethering.
    Most have troubles with Windows 10 and tethering.
    Old technology
    05-14-2017 10:18 PM
  10. Nate W's Avatar
    I would not mind stealing internet from a Windows laptop if no wifi is available or vice versa. But like posted earlier, Microsoft makes sure to have granular control over things like that for certain reasons.

    Maybe once hardened areas of the OS are stood up, they do. I think they should honestly. Even an iphone supports that right?
    05-15-2017 07:25 PM
  11. TunedM52's Avatar
    Maybe you're using an older device. But W10M supports USB-OTG. I use it on a daily basis with my 950 and Idol 4S. Mainly use it to transfer files b/w devices via a USB thumb drive.

    I do miss USB cellular tethering when I had my iPhone. It was jailbroken and I used the app MyWi which allows for tethering without paying your carrier to enable it. Could use WiFi, Bluetooth, and USB to tether, was really nice because it charged my phone at the same time.

    Recently used interop tools to allow tethering for free on my 950. Love W10M's mobile hotspot feature compared to iOS, works so much better in my experience.
    Nate W likes this.
    05-15-2017 09:25 PM

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