Tips for using iPhone as Modem
Using a mobile phone as a modem isn’t a new feature. Many smart phones came and went before the iPhone had this capability. Along with other useful iPhone apps, the device can be used as a attached modem for your PC or laptop. Before using iPhone as modem, you need to first enable it via iPhone dock-connector-to-USB cable.
If your phone has a 3G connection, you can even make and receive calls on your phone while using it as a dial-up modem.
Using your iPhone as a modem for your PC can be a great way to get Internet access on your computer when you’re away from your home network or a public Wi-Fi. This is known as tethering. You can also do away with your home Internet access completely, if you want. Newer versions of the iPhone include the ability to tether natively as long as your cell phone carrier allows it.
An iPhone can be used as a tethered modem when physically connected to a computer with a USB cable or wirelessly connected via Bluetooth. Learning to use iPhone as a modem for your laptop or PC is not at all difficult.
Steps for using iPhone as Modem:
Step 1: First thing make sure that tethering has been enabled on the phone. (Tethering means is explained above) What this means is, your other devices will be able to receive the Internet connection made available by an Internet-capable cell phone.
Step 2: On your iPhone menu, go to Settings icon. The location of your “Settings” icon will be different as you can change it as per your own requirements. So it could be on the first page of the menu or somewhere else. If you’re new to iPhone, this icon looks gray in color and has a cogs design. Click on Settings icon.
Step 3: Now you need to go to the page where all the other subcategories are. So go to General category which will be towards the bottom of the phone’s screen. The icon has similar markings as the Settings menu. Click on General and then click on Network subcategory.
Step 4: After the Network icon, click on Internet Tethering option. Slide the option from Off to On. The Off icon is gray in color, and once you slide it to On icon, it will turn blue. This is where you have activated your iPhone to work as a modem.
Step 5: Next, connect your cell phone with the laptop with the iPhone to USB cable. Once you connect the cable, a pop-up window will appear prompting you for approval. Click on iPhone and then select Apply. Your laptop has been connected to the Internet.
Step 6: You have successfully turned your iPhone as a modem. Now you can launch the web browser for quick Internet access. You can easily check the connectivity on the desktop toolbar, located on the bottom-right side of the screen for Windows and top-right side of the screen for Mac.
Using your iPhone as a modem depletes the phone’s battery more quickly than normal phone usage, so keep a charger handy when you use this method of Internet access. To conserve power, turn the hotspot feature off when you are not using it. Keep your data private by password-protecting your network. Set up this feature when you configure the network for your phone.
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