Why is PS5 tethering not working?

PS5 tethering is necessary for many users who don’t have a strong home internet connection. Being able to pair the PlayStation 5 with an Android or iPhone can save the day when it comes to big downloads by playing online with no lag. Here’s how to connect a phone to PS5 and fix errors.

Why is PS5 tethering not working?

PS5 tethering not working can be for a variety of reasons. The next generation console works best with a stable wired home internet connection using an Ethernet cable. The next best option is a stable wireless connection over Wi-Fi.

The main reason PS5 tethering doesn’t work is due to the way the PlayStation 5 interacts with Android and iPhone devices.

In an ideal world, users could connect their phone via USB for a physical connection. Unfortunately, PS5 tethering is limited to wireless connections. This means that the iPhone or Android accesses the internet wirelessly via mobile data and the PS5 is then connected wirelessly to the internet via the phone. This can make connections weak.

How to connect your phone to PS5

To connect a phone to a PS5, do the following for Android and iPhone:

  • Go to your phone settings and enable Mobile Hotspot.
  • Set a name and password.
  • Go to the PS5 connectivity settings.
  • Wait for the phone name to appear in the Wi-Fi device list.
  • Connect to the phone using the password.
  • Test the connection to make sure the speeds are fast enough.

How to improve a PS5 tethering connection

  • Reconnect to the tethering device.
  • Move your phone or tablet to a different location.
  • Make sure there are no elements preventing your phone or tablet from getting a good connection.
  • Bring your phone or tablet closer to the PS5.

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