Use Your iPhone To Connect Your Laptop Or PC To The Internet

Written by Allen White on. Posted in Apple, Web, Windows 7, Windows Vista

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If you ever find yourself without a static Internet connection such as broadband or wireless you can use your iPhone or 3g/4g iPad to connect other devices to the Internet. This process is called tethering. It is quite a  simple process. Follow the step by step guide below on how to use your iPad or iPhone to connect your laptop to the Internet with tethering.

The first thing we need to do is on the iPhone/iPad side of things. Select settings.

apple settings icon

apple settings icon

The third option down on your settings screen is called “Personal Hot spot“, we need to then select this option.

Enable Personal Hotspot on iPhone or ipad

Set the Personal Hotspot to “on”. You will see that it lists the name of you iPhone or iPad underneath the on option. Make a note of the name of your device, we will need this so we make sure we connect to the correct network if we use wi-fi. Also make a note of the wi-fi password.

Enable Hotspot function on ipad and iphone

Enable Hotspot function on ipad and iphone

Connect To Your iPhone / iPad Through Wi-Fi

Now that we have enabled your iPhone / iPad as a hotspot , we can connect over wi-fi. On your pc or laptop, in the bottom right hand corner you will see an icon that looks like a monitor with an aerial. Right click it.

connect laptop to internet with iphone

connect laptop to internet with iphone

Then select the option which says open Network and Sharing Centre. You will see the screen below.

connect your pc to the internet with the iphone

connect your pc to the internet with the iphone

We need to select Connect to a network. You should see, as below you iPhone or iPad listed below, it will be the name you noted down earlier.

Connect laptop to internet with the iphone

Connect laptop to internet with the iphone

Simply double click your device and you will be prompted for the wi-fi password.Enter the password you noted down earlier and you will be able to browse the Internet on your laptop through the iPhone.

 
Allen White
Allen is a Consultant for ITPS in the North East of England and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

ITPS provides strategic IT consultancy, implementation, data centre provision and unified communications, as well as support services and workspace and disaster recovery. If you require a consultation then please contact me via the contacts section or direct on 07931222991, add me on linkedin. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/allenwhiteconsultant0001

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Comments (3)

  • Sam Datum

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    But there won’t be Wi-Fi access if you choose to just use your mobile carrier, correct?

    Thank you for your clear instructions.

    Reply

    • Allen White

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      Well the point of using your carrier is to get web access, you can offer wireless through making your iphone a hotspot,

      Reply

  • Craig townsing

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    Hello there I have a I phone 6 I need to connect to my lap top to my I phone to it is it possible

    Reply

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