Bluetooth tethering is not as popular as Wi-Fi hotspot sharing, but it has its advantages.
Internet tethering is the act of sharing your device’s internet with one or more devices. There are different media for internet tethering. They include:
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- USB tethering
- Bluetooth tethering
These days, it is more common to tether laptops and gadgets via Wi-Fi. If you have a smartphone mobile hotspot functionality, you can simply share your mobile internet with your PC and other gadgets via Wi-Fi hotspot.
However, the option to tether via Bluetooth is also available on some platforms. Yes; it has some advantages over Wi-Fi tethering, as well as disadvantages. USB tethering is also possible, but does anyone still do that these days?
Advantages and disadvantages of Bluetooth Tethering
- Bluetooth is more power-efficient than Wi-Fi, so your batteries will last much longer if you tether via Bluetooth.
- You do not need to enter password for Bluetooth tethering. Once your devices are paired, that’s it. Your connection is secure.
- However, Wi-Fi lets you transfer data at much higher speeds than Bluetooth. Bluetooth 2.0 limits you to just 3 Mbps. If you have Bluetooth 3.0 though, that provides theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 24 Mbps, which is not bad really. Of course, whether you tether via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, your service provider’s capacity is also a factor in what speeds you get in reality.
- Bluetooth internet tethering also allows only one device to be connected at any time, unlike Wi-Fi where multiple devices can connect at the same time.
How to set up Bluetooth tethering
- Pair both devices – the one you want to share from and the one you want to share to.
- On the device you are sharing to, open the Bluetooth menu, and tap the settings icon beside the name of your host device.
- In the menu that pops open, enable internet access.
- The host device will prompt you to approve this request. Do so.
- That is it. From now on, you will be able to use the data on the host device on the other device by connecting them via Bluetooth.
Now you know how Bluetooth tethering works. Give it a shot when the need arises.