How to Use TetherMe
With most of the major carriers in the US, you can get a tethering plan (or a hotspot plan), which permits you to utilize your data connection from your smartphone on your laptop if there’s no WiFi connection available.
A feature like this is really convenient because while you can get internet on your smartphone pretty much anywhere with LTE, the same can’t be said about most laptops, but tethering permits you to give your laptop LTE data capabilities of sorts, thanks to your mobile device.
Anyway, one of the huge snag is the cost of these tethering plans, priced additional $20 monthly on top of what you’re already paying for cellphone service. For most customers that don’t use tethering that often, the additional price is to much for them.
Here’s the good news, for jailbroken iPhones there is a chance for users to use an app that allows you to tether without paying for a tethering plan from your carrier. A Cydia tweak called TetherMe essentially spoofs the tethering on your iPhone to make it look like the data being used is just coming from your iPhone, rather than from your tethered laptop.
Here’s how to set up and use TetherMe on your iPhone.
Set Up TetherMe on your iPhone
TetherMe can be found by opening up Cydia and searching for “TetherMe” within the Search tab down in the bottom-right corner. It can also be featured on the homepage of Cydia, from where you can just click on it to go to the tweak’s page.
From the tweak’s page, you will find a Purchase button at the top-right corner tap to obtain. TetherMe costs a few dollars, but that’s way less than what you would spend paying for a tethering plan from your carrier. If TetherMe as already been Purchase, it will say Install in the top-right corner, and if you already have it installed, it will say Modify.
In any case, if you don’t have it installed, follow the on-screen prompts to easily get it installed on your iPhone — it should only take a couple of minutes at the most.
After TetherMe is installed, it’s ready to be used and you can fire it up anytime you need to tether your iPhone to your laptop.
TetherMe can be found from the Settings app and scrolling down until you find TetherMe in the list. From there, tap on Personal Hotspot and then tap on the toggle switch next to Personal Hotspot on the next page that pops up.
The toggle switch will turn green and you’ll be ready to tether.
After all, go to your Wifi settings where you normally connect WiFi network and search for your iPhone in the list of WiFi networks to connect to it.
In TetherMe setting there are few things withing that you probably do not need to mess with, but its important to learn more about them.
Override Data Source allows you to change where the data being shared from your iPhone comes from. For example, you can connect your iPhone to WiFi and then your tether to your laptop via USB and share your iPhone’s connection with your laptop, so if your laptop has broken WiFi, you can use your iPhone to provide your laptop with WiFi capabilities of sorts. It’s a pretty nice feature, which is why you probably won’t really need to use it.
The Keep Broadcasting feature is for when you tether using WiFi.
Normally, your iPhone should stay in the Personal Hotspot menu or else it will shut off if it doesn’t detect any traffic after some minutes. To prevent this from happening, you can enable Keep Broadcasting.
However, the APN Selection is a menu users do not need to touch, and you probably shouldn’t touch for security reasons, but it’s essentially where your carrier’s info is contained that makes TetherMe work like it does — spoofing your data connection so that it thinks your laptop internet traffic is coming from your iPhone.
Of course, TetherMe isn’t completely foolproof. Many users have said that AT&T can still detect that you’re tethering, but Verizon seems to be okay with it for now. Just use TetherMe at your personal risk.
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