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Find out how to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet using your iPhone or Android device.

Using your phone to connect a laptop or tablet to the internet is called tethering.

It's a bit like using 4GEE WiFi - but you use Bluetooth, a USB cable or portable WiFi hotspot to connect your phone to a laptop or tablet

How do I tether using my iPhone?

How do I tether using my iPhone?

The first step is to set up your iPhone:
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    open your iPhone settings

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    go to General > Network > Personal Hotspot

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    tap Personal Hotspot and slide the switch on

Next, connect your iPhone to your laptop or tablet using either:
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    a USB cable

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    a portable WiFi hotspot

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    Bluetooth

Using a USB cable - You'll need:
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    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.5.7 or later

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    a free USB port

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    iTunes 8.2 or later

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    an iPhone USB cable

Plug the USB cable into your iPhone and then into your laptop or tablet.

You may need to set up a new network connection. If so, follow the instructions on your laptop or tablet screen.

Using a portable WiFi hotspot - You'll need:
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    a WiFi-enabled laptop or tablet

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    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista, 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

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    your portable WiFi password

Connect your laptop or tablet to your phone by searching for the phone as you would for any other WiFi network.

Using Bluetooth - You’ll need:
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    a laptop or tablet able to use Bluetooth 2.0

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    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

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    to switch on Bluetooth on both your iPhone and your tablet or laptop

Finally, pair your iPhone with your laptop or tablet. To pair your iPhone with an iPad or Mac:
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    click on Set Up New Device and follow the onscreen instructions

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    when you've successfully paired your iPhone with your iPad or Mac, choose the option Use Device as a Network Port on your iPhone

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    click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar of your iPad or Mac

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    click on your iPhone, and then choose Connect to Network

Your iPhone should now have a blue bar at the top of the screen to show that it's tethered to your iPad or Mac.

 

To pair your iPhone with a Windows tablet or laptop:
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    click on the Bluetooth icon in your iPhone's notification area (the system tray)

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    select Add a Bluetooth device, and follow the onscreen instructions

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    when you've successfully paired your devices, click on the Bluetooth icon in the notification area again

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    select Show Bluetooth devices

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    highlight your iPhone, then click the Properties button

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    click the Services tab

     

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    tick the Wireless iAP checkbox, and click OK

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    click on the Bluetooth icon in your iPhone's notification area again

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    click on Join A Personal Area Network

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    click Connect

How do I tether my device? You can tether devices using:
  • Bluetooth

  • a USB cable

  • a portable WiFi hotspot

You can tether on most, but not all 3G or 4G devices.

How do I tether using my Android phone?

How do I tether using my Android phone?

You'll need an Android phone with version 2.2 or later. To set up your phone:
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    open your phone menu

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    go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Portable WiFi hotspot

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    open Portable WiFi hotspot settings to set up a password and name your phone's hotspot

Next, you need to connect your phone to your laptop or tablet using either:
  •  

    a USB cable

  •  

    a portable WiFi hotspot

  •  

    Bluetooth

Using a USB cable - You'll need:
  •  

    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.5.7 or later

  •  

    a free USB port on your laptop or tablet

  •  

    a USB cable

Plug the USB cable into your phone and connect it to your laptop or tablet.

Follow the on-screen instructions if you need to set up a new network connection on your laptop or tablet.

Using a portable WiFi hotspot - You'll need:
  •  

    a WiFi-enabled laptop or tablet

  •  

    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista, 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

  •  

    your WiFi password

Connect your laptop or tablet to your phone by searching for the phone as you would for any other WiFi network.

Using Bluetooth - You’ll need:
  •  

    a laptop or tablet able to use Bluetooth 2.0

  •  

    a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later

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    to switch on Bluetooth on both your phone and your tablet or laptop

Finally, pair your Android device with your laptop or tablet:
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    go to Settings > Wireless & networks > More > Tethering & portable hotspot

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    slide Bluetooth tethering to On

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    set up Bluetooth on your other device: 

    - Android – Tap your Android device's name, then Internet Access

    - Windows – Right click your Android device's name, select Connect using and click Access Point

    - Mac – Click your Android device's name, then the settings gear at the bottom of the window, and select Connect to Network

    - iPhone – the connection should be automatically enabled if there's no WiFi

Please note, pairing instructions for Android phones may be slightly different for each device.

You can tether on most, but not all 3G or 4G devices.

 
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