Does BT Mobile support tethering?

Yes it does. Tethering is where you set up your phone as a personal hotspot so other devices like laptops and tablets can use it to connect to the internet. Here's how to turn tethering on and off for Android phones, Windows phones and iPhones.

Yes it does. Tethering is where you set up your phone as a personal hotspot so other devices like laptops and tablets can use it to connect to the internet. Here's how to turn tethering on and off for Android phones, Windows phones and iPhones.

When you’re using your phone as a personal hotspot you’re using the monthly data allowance that's on your mobile plan. So make sure that you have enough data left each month before tethering your devices. To stop any unexpected bills we also recommend that you turn off your personal hotspot when you’re not using it.

Don't forget, you can set up a spend cap to stop you going over your monthly allowance.

Learn about BT Mobile monthly spend caps >


Tethering works on any Android phone that has the 2.2 Froyo operating system or later. Android phones are all slightly different, but generally this is how you set tethering up.

  1. Go to your phone's main menu and look for Settings
  2. Look for Wireless & Networks, then Tethering & portable hotspot

    Setting up tethering on an Android phone

  3. Switch on Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

    Setting up tethering on an Android phone

  4. Go in to Set up Wi-Fi hotspot

    Setting up tethering on an Android phone

  5. Give your phone's hotspot a name and set up a password. You can then use these details to connect your other devices, just like logging in to any other wi-fi hotspot

    Setting up tethering on an Android phone

Turning tethering off

  1. Click on your Android phone's Menu
  2. Look for Settings and click on Wireless & Networks
  3. Then click on Portable WiFi hotspot to switch tethering off
  1. For tethering to work on an iPhone you need to have the latest version of iOS. Go to your phone's menu and look for Settings, then General, then Software update to see if you're on the latest version. If not, follow the on-screen instructions to update your phone
  2. If you're on the latest iOS version, go back to Settings
  3. Tap the Personal Hotspot option

    Setting up tethering on an iPhone

  4. Tap the Wi-Fi Password option. Give your phone's hotspot a name and set up a password. You can then use these details to connect your other devices, just like logging in to any other wi-fi hotspot

    Setting up tethering on an iPhone

  5. Tap Done to continue
  6. Switch "Personal Hotspot" from OFF to ON

    Setting up tethering on an iPhone

  1. Go to your phone's main menu and look for Settings
  2. Scroll to Internet sharing

    Setting up tethering on a Windows phone

  3. Tap Share and then WiFi

    Setting up tethering on a Windows phone

  4. To change your phone's wi-fi network name and password, tap the "Tick" icon below the screen
  5. Give your phone a new name and set up a password. You can then use these details to connect your other devices, just like logging in to any other wi-fi hotspot

    Setting up tethering on a Windows phone

  6. Tap the "Tick" icon to accept change
  7. Switch "Sharing" from Off to On

    Setting up tethering on a Windows phone

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