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How to share your Android WiFi connection via Bluetooth

What can you do if you want to get your laptop online but you only seem to be able to pick up a wifi signal on your phone? What about if you want to get multiple devices online, but only want to pay to connect one? There is a solution - you can share your phone's WiFi connection to more phones, tablets and computers using Bluetooth so other devices can get online. Here's our guide on how to share your Android phone's WiFi connection via Bluetooth.

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Your phone's wireless connection can be shared to help get other devics online. / © Asus

If you don’t have access to a wireless internet connection, it's easy to share your phone's data connection to other devices so you can get them online. But it's a slightly different story if you're looking to share a single internet connection between multiple devices.

Share WiFi over Bluetooth

Get your phone online using a WiFi connection and you're then ready to configure the connection for sharing over Bluetooth. It's a great way to get multiple devices online if you happen to be in a coffee shop or other location that issues codes for getting connected to the internet and you want to keep the costs down. Sharing a wireless signal via Bluetooth is also a good option if you are having trouble getting a particular phone or computer connected to the network in the usual way.

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To share your phone's wireless connection, start by enabling Bluetooth. / © ANDROIDPIT

Once you are connected, head straight to Settings and move to the Connections section. Under the Network connections heading, click More networks and then tap Tethering and portable hotspot.

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Bluetooth tethering is a simple way to share your phone's internet connection. / © ANDROIDPIT

Enable the Bluetooth tethering option by ticking the box. You'll see a warning that Bluetooth visibility needs to be adjusted.

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Before other devices can connect to your phone, you need to make sure it's visible. / © ANDROIDPIT

Open up Settings, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled, and then tap the Bluetooth link in the Connections section. Tick the box next to the name of your phone to make it visible to other devices.

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Enable Bluetooth on another device and you can connect to the internet via your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT

With this done, you can then use the Bluetooth capabilities of your laptop, tablet or other device to connect to your phone and make use of its internet connection. To connect a Windows computer, open Devices and Printers in the Control Panel, right click the icon representing your phone and select Connect using > Access point and you're ready to start browsing the internet.

Have you tried sharing your Android phone's wireless connection over Bluetooth? How did you get on?

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  • Colleen

  • Is there a way to share a wifi connection from iOS to Android?

  • Dear sir :-I read this article. But at the end of this you tell connect the internet via "access point name"(APN) but I Dont know about the APN of WiFi which I am using

  • Can we also use this method to share wifi from andriod to ios

  • Flora Kan 8 months ago Link to comment

    Hi! I did exactly as you said but after connecting with Bluethooth, my Chrome and Firefox came back with

    "Unable to connect to the proxy server

    ERR_PROXY_CONNECTION_FAILED
    Hide details
    A proxy server is a server that acts as an intermediary between your computer and other servers. Right now, your system is configured to use a proxy, but Google Chrome can't connect to it.
    If you use a proxy server...
    Check your proxy settings or contact your network administrator to make sure the proxy server is working. If you don't believe you should be using a proxy server: Go to Applications > System Preferences > Network > Advanced > Proxies and deselect any proxies that have been selected."

    I checked that I have no proxy set up and when I clicked on the Advanced tab, there is no Proxies tab available. I am running OSX 10.8.5

  • This may be peculiar to T-mobile, my phone will not allow me use Bluetooth tether while connected to WiFi. So apparently it can only be used to share mobile data connection.

  • @philip arnold the topic of this post is talking about sharing a WiFi connection through your phone for the scenario when your lap top is not able to connect to a WiFi signal but your phone can AND you do not want to use up your cellular data. Using 4g cellular data thru Bluetooth tether would be a topic for another article/post

  • I have Nokia's non-android phone and MTV slash 4x.can I get WiFi in Nokia when I have WiFi in MTv slash

  • Is there any way to get internet via Bluetooth without a wifi connection?

    • I know this was written a few months ago, but I just got my MacBook Pro connecting to the Internet via my phone's bluetooth - you don't need WiFi at all once you've connected your computer/device to the one "hosting" the connection

      I'm running Lollipop on a Sony Xperia Z3+, turned on Bluetooth tethering (as described above), and on the laptop via the bluetooth settings I did "connect to network", sharing the 4G connection without a single WiFi setting touched!

      In fact, I made this reply using this method, so it shows how easy it is once you've done the setup

      EDIT: Just to test it further, I connected another Android phone via bluetooth to my phone & got Internet access through that

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