Galaxy Tab 10.1

How to Bluetooth Tether Phone Internet to Galaxy Tab Tablet

Well, Wi-Fi tethering is sharing of your data connection through Wi-Fi. Did you ever heard the name of Bluetooth tethering? It’s the sharing of data connection of one device with the other through Bluetooth connection. This Bluetooth tethering can be achieved on your mobile or tablet provided that they have the Bluetooth option.

The Bluetooth tethering will work on the devices which are within the Bluetooth range of reception.

Here in this example I would be using the 3G data connection of my phone via Bluetooth tether on to my Samsung Galaxy Tab

  • On your phone (Samsung Galaxy S2 which I have here) Go to Menu > Settings > Wireless & Networks and turn on the Bluetooth.Bluetooth Tethering Phone Settings
  • Make sure that you have select the Visible tab option just below the Bluetooth settings, so that it appears visible to others.Bluetooth Tethering Bluetooth ON
  • Also do the same thing on your phone, i.e., go to Settings > Wireless and networks and first enable Flight mode which disables all the data connection on your Galaxy Tab which may cause any network conflicts or may result in non working of your Bluetooth tether. Flight mode option is available option in the Wireless and network tab.Bluetooth Tethering Galaxy TAB
  • Now turn on the Bluetooth. Make sure that you have select the Visible tab option just below the Bluetooth settings, so that it appears visible to others.Bluetooth Tethering TAB
  • Now comeback to your phone and in the Bluetooth devices tab you will find the Galaxy Tab displayed. Tap on the device and it will provide the passkey.Bluetooth Tethering Bluetooth Pairing
  • Now accept the Bluetooth pairing request on your Samsung Galaxy Tab.Bluetooth Tethering Bluetooth Pairing
  • Now that you should do it for internet access on your tablet for which the data connection is from your phone.

The speed of internet on your Galaxy Tab will depend on the phone’s capabilities and the Bluetooth version. Higher speed can be achieved if you have 4G LTE speed on your phone and also you have the Do let us know what the speed which you get on your Galaxy Tab through Bluetooth tethering.



  1. dinesh

    September 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    what about samsung galaxy y s5360

    • Pradeep Neela

      September 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      yes you can apply the update

  2. Matten

    July 29, 2012 at 3:46 am

    You just described a standard Bluetooth connect. The phone must run at least ICS. Then go in Settings of the phone in the section Wireless&Networks to “more”. Afterwards select Tethering. You need to enable “Bluetooth Tethering” there.

  3. k lekkala

    May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I’m running Android live on my PC using a USB. It boots fine, but ICS fails to identify my wifi device. However, ICS detects my laptop’s bluetooth chip, and I can connect to other devices using that. I connected to my Palm Pre 2, which has bluetooth tethering enabled. i can see the Paired Devices part, as well as the ‘Connect using this device’s internet’ or something like that and I’ve enabled that. But, I’m still not able to connect to the internet. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  4. ravi

    May 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    can i pair and access internet in AIGOPAD m80.

  5. Connie

    May 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    I will try this. Nothing has worked so far. Thank you .

  6. dharni

    April 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    please let me know that whether i can connect my w8 internet to fun book through wifi please..

  7. Roman

    April 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, please let me know what is the easiest way how to use 3G internet on my galaxy tab 5.o. I have galaxy ace mobile phone. Is it better to connect with bluetooth (i tried but it doesnt work) or wifi and how to do it?

  8. Rajev Kohli

    April 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Have you tried it out yourself with a galaxy tablet and blackberry.
    I tried it with a bold 9000 and Galaxy tab – does not work.
    None of the users here appear to have been able to get it to work.
    Suggest you check it out before telling the world.

  9. Karan

    April 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    what a dumbass tutorial, u dont mention how to get the internet to work, which is the title og the article, and instead tak about bluetooth accepting and pairing dumbo

  10. Need a help

    February 29, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    How to use your BlackBerry phone’s 3g Internet in your Samsung Galaxy tab, I need it

  11. geekogenius

    February 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    can i use Bluetooth modem of my old nokia 5310 to connect my wifi android tablet to internet??
    like what i do in winodws 7?or something like Gmate,

  12. Sakura

    November 15, 2011 at 1:44 am


    I have a Samsung Galaxy phone (data plan and sim card)
    and i have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (wifi)

    how can i access 3G internet using Tab via my phone?


    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

      insert the sim card into the tab and enjoy internet!

  13. David

    November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Ok. So clearly I am a noob surrounded by droid druid – please help me. On my SGT1010, when I open Wireless & Networks, Bluetooth Settings, paired devices, and the wrench under my pairing with my Xperia there are no options under \profiles\. Nada. Zip. I gather there ought be something here that enable me to connect to my phone.

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      So what options do you have in Bluetooth Settings > Paired Devices.

      • David

        November 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        Under Options, it has is “rename device”, “unpair” and under Profiles, there is nothing. I wonder if it may be something to do with my Xperia being Android 2.1 and my MGT being Android 3.1.

        • Yogesh Patel

          November 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

          Yes, that may be the issues as you see Wi-Fi tether is only available for devices which has minimum of Android 2.2 +, so that can be also applied with Xperia 2.1.

  14. David

    November 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

    PS: re my question above, on my Xperia is says it is paired to my galaxy but “not connected” – I guess the real questions is how to I “connect” with the pad?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

      check with the network connection!

      • David

        November 7, 2011 at 1:45 am

        i connect fine with my laptop so that not the problem. I was reading a thread elsewhere and it mentions that if I open the wrench under the bluetooth pairing on the tab, it should have a “allow internet connection” or “tethering” under the pairing profile. My tab has nothing under the “profile”. My tab is wifi only – does that means that a bluetooth connection with my phone is not possible?

        • Yogesh Patel

          November 7, 2011 at 9:10 am

          yes, its possible to have Bluetooth tethering of your Galaxy Tab.

  15. David

    November 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    I would be a very happy chappy if i can get this to work. I have:
    Sony Ericsson Xperia with droid 2.1 & Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
    I have paired the two devices, and selected “flight mode”. What is my next step? How do I access my Xperia connection? Sorry if this appears a dumb question – i need an idiot’s guide!
    many thanks.

  16. Garnet

    November 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    what is the advantage of Bluetooth tethering over wife? Most phones now act as wireless access points.

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

      What if you don’t have Wi-Fi on your phone?

    • voytek

      November 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      >> what is the advantage of Bluetooth tethering over wife?

      Bluetooth never has headaches ?

      • Yogesh Patel

        November 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        I just showed another way to tether. Obvious Wi-Fi tether is good.

  17. voytek

    November 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    which one it, disable or enable:

    you have: ‘enable Flight mode’ then ‘disable Flight mode’

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      Sorry, its disable.

      • voytek

        November 3, 2011 at 1:13 am

        yes, I figured that out, it’s kinda confusing as you ‘enable to disable’

        I guess what it should say something like:

        enable the flight mode in order to disable data connection

        thanks for the guide!

        • Yogesh Patel

          November 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

          Yes, rightly said.

  18. voytek

    November 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    thanks for the setup, works good with Xoom and Atrix (though I haven’t as yet managed to tether my Palm)
    has anyone done any battery usage comparison ? am I right in expecting battery life benefits ?

  19. Jan

    November 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    It doesn’t work for me: the devices are paired, but don’t establish a connection. the bluetooth profiles remain absent.

    • Yogesh Patel

      November 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Which devices you are using for the connection?

      • Alex

        November 2, 2011 at 1:44 am

        Galaxy Tab and Incredible (first generation)
        Doesn’t work for me either! Any other suggestions?

        • Yogesh Patel

          November 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

          Just try out, it should work! Did you do all the mention aspect there?

        • Alex

          November 2, 2011 at 9:08 pm

          I have tried several times and no luck. Maybe it doesn’t work with the Incredible.

          • Yogesh Patel

            November 3, 2011 at 10:14 am

            Yes, maybe!

      • Nitin

        November 15, 2011 at 7:43 am

        Hi there, Even am trying to connect my Galaxy tab with Nokia N97mini for internet. I did as per you instructions, however cant connect to internet. Am i missing here something, Please help. thanks.

        • NeaL Pradeep

          November 16, 2011 at 1:03 am

          check with your operator as some operators doesnt allow tethering!

  20. Ajith

    November 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    i have seen lot of websites that show wifi tethering….is there a way to use PC internet connection on the mobile…

    • NeaL Pradeep

      November 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      you can make use of Wireless softwares like Connectify with which you can convert your pc internet to Wi Fi but for that your pc shld have Wi Fi transmission capability!

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