If you’re paying extra for tethering on your iPhone – and don’t mind jailbreaking your phone – there’s a better way. You can actually get free WiFi tethering on your iPhone by installing a clever inexpensive jailbreak tweak from the Cydia store and never have to pay those ridiculous monthly tethering fees again.
Here in the States we do have the luxury of huge amounts of data we can purchase for our phones, unlike overseas where they’re limited to much small numbers GB (and if they’re even lucky to see GB listed in a lot of places –they still are MB plans. Ouch.). But, what they have over us here State-side, is that included with their smaller limit plans for data is the ability to tether it and share that data with a laptop.
And it makes sense. If I have a 2GB plan for my phone, why would the carrier care if I used that data on my phone or on my laptop? If I use it faster on my laptop, then I’ll run out faster. Why charge me more per month to just… charge me more per month when I go over?
Regardless of their reasoning, there is a way around it for iPhone users that is relatively easy to do. If you don’t mind jailbreaking your phone, an extremely easy procedure nowadays (I remember having to use terminal to do it back in the day…), you can pay a quick $4.99 one time to never have to pay that tethering fee again. Here’s how to get free tethering on your iPhone.
Jailbreak Your iPhone
In order to get free WiFi tethering on the iPhone, we need to jailbreak it first. To get the latest jailbreaking tutorial, head to our Jailbreaking section and do the tutorial for your particular version of iOS.
Once you are jailbroken and have the Cydia store on your device, we can get the jailbreak tweak that’ll allow you to get tethering working.
Enable Free WiFi Tethering
Now that we’ve got Cydia installed, we need to install TetherMe by Sam Binger. It costs$4.99 to purchase, but let’s face it, for most people, that’s much less than the ridiculous charge carriers add per month.
1. Open Cydia.
2. Tap Search at the bottom right and look for TetherMe for iOS8+
3. Tap on TetherMe for iOS8+.
4. Tap Purchase and put in your purchase information and make the payment.
5. When that’s done, the Purchase button will turn into an Install button. Tap that.
6. Tap Confirm.
7. Tap Restart Springboard.
Use Wifi Tethering
In case you’ve never used it before – you know, because it was ridiculously expensive – here’s how to now use your new-found tethering ability.
1. Go to Settings > TetherMe.
2. Change the password to whatever you want or leave it as the default.
3. Turn it on.
4. From your computer, search for the Wifi network listed in the hotspot settings (usually your name you set for the phone when you set it up, i.e. “David Cogen’s iPhone”).
5. Put in the password that was listed on the hotspot settings page and click connect.
Surf away! But, just keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you have unlimited data –and you’ll use the data from your phone’s plan faster from a laptop than from the phone so be careful not to go over.
So with just a little jailbreaking magic, we can now right a wrong caused by the carriers. Doesn’t it feel good doing good? Let me know if this worked for you in the comments!