FastVPN Tethering: Sharing a VPN connection via mobile hotspot

If your iOS or Android device has an internet connection, you can share this connection with other devices like laptops and other mobile phones. This process is called tethering. To tether, the device needs to be connected to your phone via a wireless LAN, Bluetooth, or a USB cable. And once another device can access the web, your phone becomes a mobile hotspot.

Since this hotspot makes your mobile phone a portable router, the mobile service will monitor the connection. You may experience slower connections and data may run out sooner rather than later when you’re using a hotspot.

Can a VPN Protect Mobile-Tethered Devices?

The answer is no, this will not work. A VPN on your iOS or Android device establishes a secure tunnel between your phone and the VPN service provider. As the FastVPN application runs, it encrypts your mobile device’s outgoing traffic. But it won’t do the same for the device’s router facility because the iOS or Android operating system prevents other devices from sharing its VPN tunnel.

If you connect your mobile device to a VPN and then share its Internet connection with another device via a hotspot, the latter will not be routed through the same VPN tunnel as your mobile device. Instead, it will use your native ISP connection.

Your mobile phone’s VPN can only protect the phone itself, not the other devices tethered to it.

In order to protect mobile-tethered devices, you will need to have Fast VPN installed on both the connecting device and your mobile that is acting as a router.
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