Chris Croft's Personal Blog

May 23, 2012

iPhone tethering

Filed under: Computer tips, Gadgets — chriscroft @ 8:25 pm

I thought this would be a real hassle but it’s turned out to be easy.

If there is no wifi and you want to use your laptop to get email or whatever, you just go to settings on your iPhone and slide the Personal Hotspot switch to on.  It is now broadcasting its own little wifi hotspot.

The first time you set it up you have to put the code (the iPhone shows it) into your laptop, but every time after that you just look at the list of wifi available on the laptop and select Chris’s iPhone, and there you are, connected to the web.

I’ve used it quite a few times this month and am still well within my gig of data, so for the things I use it for it seems to be great.

No need for the cost and hassle of a dongle ever again!

Give it a go if you have been nervous about trying it.



  1. Presumably I can then also use my wi-fi only iPad also on the hot spot?

    Comment by Martin — May 23, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

  2. We recently stayed in an English Heritage property with no internet (shock horror!). With a decent 3G connection on my iPhone5, we had a MacBook AIr, 2 iPads and another iPhone all using my iPhone’s Hotspot. TBH I was surprised there was enough bandwidth but it was fine for our needs (mainly browsing, emails, updating, etc. No video streaming!).

    Comment by Wizzard Prang — August 11, 2013 @ 10:39 am

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