How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

You want to surf the web on your laptop or tablet, but you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection. Perhaps you’ve heard of a personal hotspot before, but you don’t know how to set it up or how it will impact your data plan. In this article, I’ll explain what tethering is, how to tether an iPhone to another device, and how setting up a personal hotspot affects your wireless data plan.

What Is Tethering?

Tethering is the process of connecting one device to another to connect to the internet. Usually, you hook up a device with no data plan (such as your laptop or iPad) to the internet using your iPhone’s data plan.

The term “tethering” was popularized by the iPhone jailbreak community because originally you could only tether with a jailbroken iPhone. Check out our article to learn more about jailbreaking an iPhone.

Today, the ability to tether an iPhone is standard feature of most wireless data plans, and it’s now more commonly known as “personal hotspot.”

How To Tether An iPhone To Another Device

To tether an iPhone, open Settings and tap Personal Hotspot. Then, tap the switch next to Personal Hotspot to turn it on. You’ll know the switch is on when it is green.

At the bottom of the Personal Hotspot menu, you’ll see instructions for the three ways you can connect other devices to the personal hotspot you’ve just turned on: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB.

When you successfully tether your iPhone to another device using Personal Hotspot, you’ll see a notification in a blue bar at the top of your iPhone’s screen which says, “Personal Hotspot: # Connections”.

Should I Use Wi-Fi Or Mobile Hotspot?

We recommend that you always use Wi-Fi when it’s available. Connecting to Wi-Fi doesn’t use up your iPhone’s data and your speed will never get throttled — which means slowed down after you’ve used a certain amount of data. Wi-Fi is typically faster than a mobile hotspot anyway, regardless of throttling.

Tips For Using Mobile Hotspot On Your iPhone

  1. If you’re tethering your iPhone to your Mac, close all of the programs in the background of your Mac that could be using additional data. For example, the Mail app constantly checks for new emails, which can be a serious drain on your data plan.
  2. Always use Wi-Fi instead of mobile hotspot.
  3. Using mobile hotspot on your iPhone drains its battery more quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on battery life before tethering!

Internet Access Anywhere You Go!

You now know how to tether an iPhone and set up personal hotspot so you can always surf the web, even without Wi-Fi. We hope you’ll share this article on social media, or leave us a comment down below if you have any other iPhone related questions. Thanks for reading, and remember to always Payette Forward!

If you’ve been wondering how to get internet tethering working on your iphone 3G 3.0 or 3.0.1, check out this video! Jailbreaking your phone is optional for this.

To get internet tethering to work on your iPhone follow these instructions:

1. Download itunes 8.2 to the computer you want to tether your iphone to
2. Downgrade or upgrade your iphone to 3.0 or 3.0.1 your choice of preference.
3. Open safari on your iphone and go to
4. Go to Mobile Config Downloads and select where you live
5. Download the Carrier profile for Either AT&T or T-Mobile if you live in the usa. This part is USA. This applys the same for any country.
6. After installing restart your iphone
7. Once your iphone turns on go to settings-general-network-internet tethering and set it to on.
8. Hook the phone up to your pc via data cable
9. Wait for the iphone to install the software and drivers needed on your pc. This takes anywhere from 5-10 minuets
10. Once done your iphone will glow blue and say Internet Tethering.
11. Enjoy the freedom of tethering your iphones 3G internet to your laptop for free!

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This how-to helps you activate tethering on your OS 3.0 iPhone without jailbreaking.

During the WWDC keynote, AT&T was strangely absent from Apple’s list of carriers that will support tethering in iPhone OS 3.0. AT&T has since explained that it will support tethering later this summer, but many iPhone users are champing at the bit for the added functionality. If you’re one of the eager masses, use this how-to to enable tethering on any iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0–without jailbreaking–on a Mac. (Other blogs have reported Windows tethering steps; please see our links at the end of this piece.)

Difficulty level:

What you need:
>Mac OS X 10.5 or later
>Download this carrier settings file from and double-click it to mount it in Finder
>iPhone OS 3.0 (7A341) Gold Master final release for iPhone (see below note)
>First prerelease version of iTunes 8.2 (download link)
>Final release version of iTunes 8.2 (download link)

iPhone OS 3.0 will be available to all iPhone users on June 17.

Standard disclaimers apply here. Please read your contract terms of service carefully before proceeding to ensure that you are not breaking your iPhone carrier agreement. Also, while these methods have worked for most people, we cannot guarantee that they will work for you, and you must make these modifications at your own risk. If you do not feel comfortable making these modifications to your phone, we urge you not to try.

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Setting up tethering for your iPhone

Uninstall iTunes 8.2 Mac

1. Drag the Application iTunes from the apps folder on your Mac to the Trash.

2. Launch Activity Monitor from Applications/Utilities and kill the iTunes Helper process.

3. Go to Finder. Navigate to your

/Library folder and delete the iTunes folder at

4. Navigate to

/Library/Preferences, locate the following three files, and drag each one to the Trash:,, and

5. Empty the Trash

Install iTunes 8.2 prerelease Mac

6. Install the iTunes 8.2 prerelease you downloaded.

7. Connect your iPhone with iPhone OS 3.0 software loaded on it to your computer with the standard USB sync cable.

8. Once the iPhone is connected, go to the Device Summary page in iTunes.

9. While pressing and holding the Option key on your Mac, click the Restore button in iTunes

10. Browse to the mounted carrier settings file you downloaded and mounted above and select the ATT_US.ipcc file. iTunes will now perform an upgrade on your iPhone and display the following message:

Set up tethering on your iPhone

11. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone and go to General and then Network while your iPhone is still tethered to your computer.

12. Locate “Internet Tethering” and turn it on.

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If tethering is successful, you will see a message that is similar to the following:

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Go into Preferences Network select the adapter as displayed above, and you’ll see something similar to this as it becomes active:

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Your iPhone will display a blue background banner on different screens to indicate that tethering is active and running as shown below.

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Our brief tests found tethering to be zippy fast on an iPhone 3G. Your experiences may vary, but we would like to hear about them in the comments.

06/18/09 at 1:30 PM PDT: This post was updated to reflect some additional tethering information.

According to CrunchGear you can also turn tethering on and MMS directly from your iPhone by visiting this Web site using Mobile Safari: We tested tethering and that worked, but have yet to get the MMS portion of this Web sites hack up and running.

You can go to this site that we found via and get some instructions on performing these hacks on a Windows computer.

Gizmodo also notes that “Some people are reporting that these hacks can screw with your visual voicemail. Careful! ” While we have not seen this happen yet – it is possible that performing an iTunes restore on your iPhone will resolve the issue, but erase all the hacks as well.

06/17/09 at 10:15 AM PDT:This post was updated to reflect some sourcing and additional tethering information.

willson556 and gointoscott in the comments below suggest a shorter version – replacing Steps 1-6 with a defaults write command for users with the release version of iTunes 8.2. We’ve tried this version and can confirm that it, too, works.

b3baby in the comments below asks if this hack will also work on a desktop. This hack will work on any Mac – desktop or portable. We tested it on an iMac and a Macbook Pro.

thisismatthewcrosby2 in the comments below complains about issues with his Mac not seeing his iPhone – suggest doing the iTunes removal step again – be sure to delete the three appropriate COM files and re-install iTunes.

Once the hack is complete you can re-install iTunes 8.2 if needed, but future updates may undo the hack.

(iPhone Atlas came up with this process independently, but other publications, including 9to5Mac here, have come to the same conclusion).

iPhone Internet Tethering feature allows you to share the iPhone’s cellular internet connection with your desktop or laptop computer using the iPhone’s USB cable or a wireless bluetooth connection. This guide will work for both Mac and Windows computers.

If you don’t know what Internet Tethering is or which iPhones and which carriers support it officially please read our other guide: What is iPhone Tethering and which iPhone Carriers Support it?

How to Enable iPhone Internet Tethering?

On your iPhone, Go to Settings > General > Network and select Internet Tethering

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Once you set the switch to On you will be asked whether you want to enable tethering on USB only or USB + Bluetooth. If you select the second option Bluetooth will be turned on in case it was off. A bluetooth icon will appear in your status bar at the top.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

In case Bluetooth was already On, tethering will be enabled automatically on Bluetooth and USB. Whether you use tethering over Bluetooth or USB tethering the speed will be the same. If you are travelling use Bluetooth as it consumes much less power.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Now that you have enabled Tethering on your iPhone either connect it your Mac or Windows laptop using the USB cable or just pair it over bluetooth to start accessing the internet.

Bluetooth Pairing Instructions:

Mac: Go to Bluetooth menu in top status bar and select Set up bluetooth device to pair iPhone. Once pairing is done. Select your iPhone from list of devices and click on Connect to Network.

Windows: Right click on the Bluetooth icon in your taskbar and select connect to Bluetooth PAN network. These options may vary depending on the manufacturer or your Bluetooth software.

Once your computer is connected you will see a new blue bar appear on your iPhone screen at the top stating that iPhone Internet Tethering is active. You can just disconnect tethering from your computer and do not need to disable it every now and then.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

In fact, while travelling I don’t even need to take out the phone from my pockets. I keep the bluetooth radio On always since it doesn’t consume much power. Whenever, I need to access the internet on my laptop I connect it from the laptop’s bluetooth menu in a one click process.

Wi-fi tethering in the form of Mobile Hotspot is coming to iPhone in March when iOS 4.3 is released. Read more about it here.

Let us know if you found this tutorial useful and if you have any questions or difficulties with internet tethering on your iPhone.

Learn how to set up Internet on iPhone clones with this video.

*First thing you need to do is to make an AT&T GPRS data account.
*Tap on the service icon on your phone (which maybe network icon) and tap on data account and then tap on GPRS.
* You will be brought to a list of pre-existing GPRS data accounts. Tap on any one of them.
*You are then brought to settings of that particular account.
* tap on the account name and tap edit. WE need to edit the name of the GPRS account. on the name edit screen clear the existing name and write the account name as ‘ATT GPRS’.
*when you’re done on the GPRS settings screen , tap on APN and then edit. You will again be brought to edit screen.
* clear the screen and write ‘wap.cingular’. this should necessarily be in the lower case.
* Make sure that username and password fields are blank.
* The auto type should be kept ‘Normal’
*Now tap on done and save the settings. You have now created AT&T GPRS data account.
* Next you need to create an AT&T WAP profile.
* For this go to service icon again , then tap on WAP , then tap on settings and then tap on ‘edit profile’.
* You are brought to a list of pre-existing profiles. Select any profile and tap on edit profile. You will be brought to the settings screen.
* edit the profile name. Name it MEDIAA NET.
* then on settings page tap on homepage and edit it as ‘http://device.home’
* now select the data account tab. You will see the list of data accounts. Select the data account you just made. i.e. ATT GPRS.
* connection type should be HTTP
* proxy address should be changed to 066209011032
* proxy port should be numbered as 80
* keep the username and password fields blank and save the settings.
* Now tap on activate profile.
* Your phone is now ready to connect to the internet.

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How to activate internet tethering on the iphoneI still don’t know why AT&T and Apple don’t enable Internet Tethering by default on the iPhone, but nonetheless they don’t… but you can enable it yourself with a little work! The simplest way I’ve found without Jailbreaking your iPhone requires a few settings changes from updating a system profile, which you can download from, just visit the page from your iPhone. After you install the adjusted profile, Internet Tethering will be enabled, easy huh? This definitely works, but it does have the strange effect of disabling Visual Voicemail… now supposedly if you have AT&T then this configuration profile fixes that problem, but I haven’t tried it myself, so your mileage may vary and proceed at your own risk (remember to visit that link from your iPhone). Basically after you install that profile and double-check the setting exists, have your iPhone hooked up to your Mac (or PC? untested) and the rest is pretty much setup for you, your Mac should pull DHCP settings from AT&T and suddenly you’re using the AT&T data network from your Mac via your iPhone! Sweet!

So again here’s the breakdown, visit these links and install the profiles from your iPhone:
Internet Tethering + Visual voicemail profile – AT&T only! – untested personally, but supposedly works
Internet Tethering but disabled visual voicemail – worked for me, YMMV though

If you run into any problems, simply go to Settings > General > Profiles and delete the profile and things should be back to normal. Remember to proceed at your own risk! I have no idea if AT&T will start charging you different rates or if this voids your warranty, but like any hack, it’s best to proceed with caution and expect some disapproval from AT&T and Apple. Hopefully Apple and AT&T will soon enable this feature by default and won’t charge anymore for it.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

The non-availability of tethering and MMS features in the U.S at the time of the
launch of iPhone OS 3.0 was probably the most disappointing news that was announced at the WWDC 2009 Keynote address.

However, some clever folks have figured out a way to enable tethering on iPhone OS 3.0 without the need to jailbreak their iPhone.

There are several methods floating around to enable tethering on iPhone OS 3.0 but I found the method where you can enable it via iPhone's Safari, the easiest.

The process of tethering allows your laptop to use your iPhone's data connection to surf the internet.

The idea behind the hack to enable tethering on the iPhone running iPhone OS 3.0 is to download a .ipcc, which is carrier specific and update your iPhone with it via iTunes. The procedure gets even simpler using iPhone's Safari browser.

Step 1:

Folks at have hosted several iPhone tethering configuration files for many carriers across several countries. You need to go to the following link using iPhone's Safari browser.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

That's all, it is as easy as that and no hacking required, can you believe it and the best part is it's free.

But the way this hack has spread, I won't be surprised if AT&T clamps down on it soon so enjoy it till it works.

Please note that this is a hack so proceed with caution.

Some known issues:

This seems to disable Voicemail feature for some users.

It doesn't seem to work with 1st generation iPhone.


iPhone OS 3.1 Beta 2 disables the tethering functionality enabled using this hack, so don't upgrade to iPhone OS 3.1 whenever it is released if you want to use this functionality.

Sometimes you are in a situation where you have no Wi-Fi connection available, your phone isn’t getting any signal, and the only way to connect to the internet is through an ethernet cable. So, if you want to use that internet connection on your iPhone but have no router to connect to the cable or no ethernet adapter, and your PC does not have mobile hotspot capabilities, what will you do?

You can use your iPhone’s cable to connect to the PC and share your PC’s internet over the USB cable.

While it is easy to use your iPhone’s internet on your PC through USB, the reverse-tethering is not. You will need to be patient, as what you will be doing is essentially tricking your iPhone and PC into sharing the PC internet with your phone over a USB connection. The chances of this method working are the highest if you’re using older Windows and iOS versions.

To get started, go to the Control Panel on your Windows PC and open Network and Internet Settings.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Then go to Network and Sharing Center.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Now, click on Change Adapter Settings option on the left side of the screen.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Now disable the active ethernet adapter. Right-click on the adapter which is currently being used for the internet on your Windows PC, and select Disable from the context menu.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphoneDisable the adapter for Internet on PC by right-clicking on it.

Now connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB to Lightning cable. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes downloaded on your PC. When you see an alert that says, Trust this computer, tap Trust. Make sure Wi-Fi and Bluetooth sharing are turned off for the personal hotspot setting on your iPhone.

After connecting the iPhone to PC, a new adapter indicating your iPhone will appear in the list of adapters in the Adapter Settings (Ethernet 2 or Local Area Network 2 or something like that) on your Windows PC.

Then right-click again on the ethernet adapter that we previously disabled, and select Properties from the context menu. Then click on the Sharing tab and enable Internet Connection Sharing and select the needed services from Settings.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphoneEnable Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) for the adapter for PC Internet.

Finally, re-enable the adapter for Internet on your PC. Right-click on it in the Adapter settings and click Enable.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

You should be able to access your PC’s internet from your iPhone after this. To verify, Google search “My IP” on both your iPhone and PC. It should display the same IP as provided by the ISP on PC.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphoneiPhone officially, doesn’t support Internet Tethering on all models. But here is a process that allows you to use your iPhone as a Wireless modem to share its Internet connection with a computer via WiFi, USB cable or Bluetooth interface on iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS on anyFirmware: 3.0 or Firmware 3.1.2

The app that we are going to use is called MyWi

Main Features of MyWi v3.1.8:

  • Create WiFi Hotspot to connect mutiple laptops or mobile devices to share your iPhone’’s internet connection
  • WEP Support.
  • Supports USB and Bluetooth Tethering as well
  • Uses less battery and much faster then PdaNet.
  • Shows bandwith usage log.

Pre-requisites: Make sure your iPhone is jailbroken: Jailbreak, Unlock iPhone on 3.1.2

Step 1: Open Cydia, search for “MyWi” and install it. Install RockApp manually if it isn’t installed automatically with MyWi app.

Step 2: Now start RockApp and create a free Rock ID, sign-in and you should probably, now see an update to MyWi app. Restart your iPhone after the update.

Step 3: Open MyWi app and turn on the option for USB/Bluetooth tethering.

How to activate internet tethering on the iphone

Step 4: Navigate to Settings->General->Network->Internet Tethering and turn on the toggle for Internet Tethering.

That’s it! Ask me any question should you run into problem in enabling Tethering on your iPhone running firmware 3.1.2.