Smartphone Tethering 101

Just a quick tip today, relating to smartphone tethering. 

For those who are unaware, most if not all modern smartphones can be used as a wireless modem, enabling the user to connect to the internet on laptops and other devices that are otherwise unable to use data on a cellular network, and where there are no Wi-Fi hotspots available. 

The upshot of this is that you may not need a separate data device, on a separate plan. For this reason, smartphones are referred to as 'unified' devices'. You should be aware, however, that by tethering your smartphone, you will instead use the data allowance included with your phone plan. You can tether most smart phones using either USB, Bluetooth or even Wi-Fi.

It is a very simple process, although it varies slightly depending on the phone you are using. I have included instructions for two of the most common smartphones, Apple's iPhone (running iOS 5 and above), and the Samsung Galaxy S3, which runs on Android. 

Apple iPhone

  1. Tap on the Settings icon.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot.
  3. Toggle Personal Hotspot to 'On'.
  4. Connect phone to your computer or other device, via USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. 
  5. If you are connected via Wi-Fi you will need to set a password for your iPhone's Wi-Fi. Once this is configured your iPhone should now appear on your other device's list of available Wi-Fi hotspots. Simply select it from the list, and enter your chosen password when prompted.

Samsung Galaxy S3

  1. Tap on the Apps icon.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Tap on More Settings.
  4. Tap on Tethering and portable hotspot.
  5. Choose whether you want USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. 
  6. If you are connected via Wi-Fi your Galaxy S3 should now appear on your other device's list of available Wi-Fi hotspots. Simply select it from the list, and enter your chosen password when prompted.

As mentioned, most other smartphones include this functionality. Instructions on how to activate this feature will be included in the documentation that came with your phone, or easily available online.