To tether your jailbroken iPhone to your laptop, here’s how to use TetherMe on Your iPhone.
With most of the major carriers in the US, you can get a tethering plan (or a hotspot plan), which allows you to use 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 allows you to give your laptop LTE data capabilities of sorts, thanks to your mobile device.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks is the cost of these tethering plans, priced as high as $20 per month on top of what you’re already paying for cellphone service. That just isn’t doable for most customers, especially if you don’t use tethering that often.
The good news is that if your iPhone is jailbroken, you can 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.
Setting Up TetherMe
TetherMe can be found by opening up Cydia and searching for “TetherMe” within the Search tab down in the bottom-right corner. It also might be featured on the homepage of Cydia, from where you can just tap on it to go to the tweak’s page.
From there, tap Purchase in the top-right corner. TetherMe costs a few dollars, but that’s way less than what you would spend paying for a tethering plan from your carrier. If you already purchased TetherMe, 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 whenever you need to tether your iPhone to your laptop.
TetherMe can be accessed from the Settings app and scrolling down until you see 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.
Simply just go to your laptop’s WiFi settings where you normally connect to a WiFi network and search for your iPhone in the list of WiFi networks to connect to it.
There are a few other settings within TetherMe that you probably will never need to mess with, but it’s important to at least know what they are and what they do.
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 niche 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 must stay in the Personal Hotspot menu or else it will shut off if it doesn’t detect any traffic after a few minutes. To prevent this from happening, you can enable Keep Broadcasting.
The APN Selection is a menu you’ll probably never need to touch, and you probably shouldn’t touch, 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 own risk.