Turn Your Phone into a Modem with Bluetooth

December 2016

The mobile industry has made huge technological advances over the past few years that have transformed a once-simple communication device into a multi-functional tool that gives you access to the world. One of the most useful features of a modern mobile phone is Bluetooth technology, which allows you to connect devices to one another, facilitate file transfers, and even share internet connectivity (otherwise known as "pairing").

This article will teach you how to use Bluetooth to share your network connectivity with a Windows XP computer.

N.B. Any sort of pairing with your mobile device may have an effect on your monthly data plan. Ensure that you have enough data left to support the connection.

This article is specific to device pairing on a computer running Windows XP. For a more up-to-date version, please see our article on Bluetooth pairing on smartphones.

Use a Bluetooth Device as a Modem

The first step is to enable Bluetooth on your phone. The Bluetooth capability can usually be found in your phone's Settings.

Next, open My Bluetooth Places on your Windows XP PC or laptop. Your phone should be listed in the Search list.

Right-click and select Discover Available Services. Connect your phone to your computer, right click on Dial-up Networking, and then select Connect Dial-up networking.

Pair your phone with your PC or laptop, and then perform the connection request.

A PIN code will be requested in order to pair the devices. Enter the PIN on your mobile phone, and then enter the username and password of your ISP in the dialog box that appears.

Click Dial to connect.

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