How to Use an iPhone for the Internet on an XP Laptop

Updated June 13, 2017

Understanding how to use your iPhone for the Internet on your laptop (called "tethering") expands your workspace beyond of your home or office. You can tether your iPhone to your XP laptop with Bluetooth or with the USB cable that came with your iPhone. You need only change a few settings on your iPhone and laptop to set up Internet tethering. You can then use your laptop to browse the Internet wherever your iPhone has a signal.

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone. Tap "General," "Network" and "Internet Tethering."

Slide the "Internet Tethering" switch so that it reads "On." Press the circular "Home" button at the bottom of your iPhone to go back to the main screen.

Tap the "Settings" icon. Tap "General," "Bluetooth" and slide the "Bluetooth" switch to the right to turn it on.

Click the "Start" button on your Windows XP laptop. Click "Run." Type "bthprop.cpl" into the box and click "OK" to open "Bluetooth Settings."

Click "Add" in the "Bluetooth Settings" window. Click the box beside "My device is set up and ready to be found" and click "Next." Wait a moment for your laptop to find your iPhone.

Select your iPhone from the list (the name you chose for your iPhone). Click "Next." Enter a private passkey when prompted and click "Next."

Input your passkey in the prompt on your iPhone and tap "OK." Click "Finish" on your Windows laptop to finalise the set-up.

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone. Tap "General," "Network" and "Internet Tethering."

Slide the "Internet Tethering" switch so that it reads "On." Connect your iPhone USB cable to your iPhone and to a USB port on your laptop.

Click the "Start" button in Windows. Click "My Network Places." Click "View network connections" in the "Network Tasks" menu on the left side of the "My Network Places" window.

Check that the word "Connected" appears beside the entry with the device name "Apple Mobile Device Ethernet." If it says "Disabled," right-click the connection and select "Enable."


The Bluetooth passkey is not required; however, Microsoft's support website suggests that it can improve your connection's security.


Some cell phone providers have limitations on which plans allow people to tether their iPhone to their computer. Verify with your service provider whether your service plan supports Internet tethering.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.2 or later
  • iPhone 3G or later
  • Bluetooth adaptor or iPhone USB cable
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Tyson Alexander has been writing professionally since 2007. He writes articles for various websites on topics of psychology, the brain and mental health. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.