How to connect your tablet to the internet using a mobile phone (2023)

The Nokia N800 and N810 internet tablets can connect to the internet by two main methods: through a wi-fi / WLAN connection (for example a wi-fi router in your home), or through certain mobile phones (cell phones). The tablets can use phones which are Bluetooth compatible and use the DUN (Dial-Up Networking) Bluetooth profile. These phones do not have to be made by Nokia. If you're unsure about whether your phone is compatible, check the official technical specifications (you can find these tech specs on the manufacturer's website and possibly in the phone's manual too).

Bluetooth is a short range wireless standard intended for phones and other gadgets that are within about 10 metres (10 yards) of each other. It lets them exchange information, share an internet connection and many other things.

Connecting the N800 or N810 to the internet through your phone means you can use the tablet online anywhere that your phone can get a signal, which makes it much more portable. However, it will probably be significantly slower than using it through Wi-Fi, though speed can vary greatly from phone network to phone network. Some phone networks let you connect to the internet at very high speeds, perhaps faster than your home internet connection, while other networks only let you connect at very slow speeds. Here's a guide to the most common kinds of mobile phone networks available at the moment:

  • 2G - The slowest current phone networks use standards called GSM or CDMA, which are also known as 2G.
  • 2.5G - Slightly faster than these is a network standard called EDGE, which is also known as 2.5G.
  • 3G - Even faster are 3G networks, which are also called WCDMA or UMTS.
  • 3.5G - Fastest of all at the moment are 3.5G networks which use standards such as HSDPA.

To use a particular kind of network, you have to have a phone compatible with it, for example, to use a 3G network you need a 3G or better phone. Phones are compatible with slower networks too, so a 3G phone will switch to slower 2G mode when there's no 3G network available.


  • 1 How to set up your tablet's internet connection through your phone
  • 2 Using more than one phone with your tablet
  • 3 How much does this all cost?
  • 4 Can I use the tablet through my phone while overseas?
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[edit] How to set up your tablet's internet connection through your phone

First of all, make sure that the phone's Bluetooth is switched on. The way to do this varies from phone to phone, but you should be able to find out how from the phone's manual. There's usually a phone menu called Bluetooth or Connectivity which should let you switch Bluetooth on.

When the phone's Bluetooth is switched on, it may show a very distinctive "B" logo somewhere on its main screen, perhaps with a blue circle in the background.

You now need to "pair" the phone and the tablet. Pairing means that the two devices exchange a special security code, so that in the future they can connect to each other automatically without asking permission. You only have to pair devices once, after that they should remember to trust each other.

  1. Click on the Applications icon (the green squares on the left)
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Control Panel
  4. Double-click on Bluetooth
  5. Click on Devices
  6. Click on New
  7. Select your phone. A box with a security code will appear. Make sure you tick the small box marked "Set As Trusted Device".
  8. Click OK.
  9. Your phone will now ask permission to pair with the N800. On your phone, press "accept" or "yes" or "ok", or whatever it wants to hear in order to make the pairing happen.
  10. Enter the security code on your phone's keypad, and press OK on your phone.
  11. The pairing should now be complete. If something goes wrong in the above process, try again, it should work sooner or later. Remember to make sure your phone's Bluetooth is on before you start.
  12. Some phones may also add an extra step, where they require you to manually set the tablet as a trusted device on the phone, otherwise you will have to manually confirm every connection from the tablet on the phone itself. You should be able to set trusted devices from the phone's Bluetooth menu, but consult your phone's manual if you're unsure. However, many phones (including the Nokia 5300 used in the video above) automatically make the tablet a trusted device during the pairing process, and there is no need for any extra steps.
  13. The tablet will now ask if you want to use the phone as an internet connection. Click on "Yes".
  14. The tablet will now start the Operator Setup Wizard, which will let you select which phone network operator you use. Click "Next" to continue.
  15. Select your country from the list, and click on "Next".
  16. Click on the "Mobile Operator" drop-down menu, and select the phone network operator you use on your phone. Then click on "Next".
  17. Click on "Finish", then "Close", then "OK", then close the control panel with the "X" in the top right hand corner.

The tablet is now ready to use the phone to access the internet.

If you want to unpair the phone from your tablet, go to the Control Panel's Bluetooth menu, click on Devices and then delete your phone from the list that appears.

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If your phone network operator doesn't appear on the list for your country, you will have to enter the settings manually, which is pretty tricky. If you have to enter settings manually, it's highly recommended that you find someone who is good with computers and phones to help you.

===Connecting your N800 or N810 to the internet with your mobile phone===

There are two ways to connect your tablet to the internet with your phone, manually or automatically. Manually means you have to start the connection yourself each time you want to use the internet, whereas automatically means the tablet and phone will connect to each other automatically whenever they're both switched on.

To connect manually, click on the connection icon (a dot with lines going upwards) in the status bar in the top right of the tablet's screen, and then click on "Select Connection". Select the connection which has the same name as your phone network operator. The tablet should now connect to the internet through your phone. If your phone asks for confirmation of the connection, you'll need to set the tablet as a trusted device through your phone's Bluetooth menu. Consult your phone's manual for more details on setting trusted devices.

To disconnect manually, go to the connection icon in the top row as before, and select "Disconnect". You can switch to a Wi-Fi connection manually by selecting "Change Connection".

To connect automatically, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Go to the Control Panel as described before.
  2. Double click on Connectivity.
  3. From "Connect Automatically", select "Phone Connection" for the tablet to automatically connect to your phone whenever it's available ("WLAN Connection" automatically connects to Wi-Fi whenever it's available, and "Any Connection" connects to Wi-Fi if possible or your phone if Wi-Fi isn't available). The "Search Interval" box lets you say how often the tablet should try to connect to the internet if it hasn't already connected.
  4. Click on OK. The tablet should immediately automatically connect to the internet via your phone. (If your phone asks you to confirm the connection, you need to set the tablet as a trusted Bluetooth device on your phone. See your phone's manual for instructions on how to do this.)

You can also set the tablet to disconnect automatically if it hasn't used the internet connection for a certain amount of time. This is known as "idle time", and you can set the idle time from the Control Panel's Connectivity menu box. Click on the "Idle Times" tab to set the times for different types of connections, "WLAN Idle Time" means the idle time for Wi-Fi connections and "Packet Data Idle Time" means the idle time for phone connections. "Unlimited" means there is no idle time, the connection will stay open indefinitely.

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[edit] Using more than one phone with your tablet

You can access the internet on your tablet through several different phones if you wish. First of all, you need to pair each phone using the process described above. Then you need to select which phone you wish to use from the Control Panel's Phone section.

[edit] How much does this all cost?

If you access the internet on your tablet through your mobile phone, you may have to pay data access charges to your phone network operator (phone service provider), which will appear on your phone bill or be deducted from credit on prepaid phone accounts.

Data use is normally charged by the amount of data sent and received, and NOT by the time you use the internet. For example, if you write and receive emails for half an hour this would use very little data and be very cheap, whereas if you listen to an internet radio station for half an hour this would use a lot of data and be more expensive.

However, many phone network operators nowadays have special deals which let you pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited access to the internet through their network. If you intend to use your tablet through your phone a lot, it may be worth investigating these flat rate internet deals by visiting your network operator's website or phoning their customer service helpline. Tell them you want to use your mobile phone as a modem for a computer, because that's how the tablet uses your phone.

Be careful though: some of the flat rate deals really are unlimited, but others have certain restrictions such as a cap on the amount of data you can send and receive.

[edit] Can I use the tablet through my phone while overseas?

You may technically be able to access the internet through your phone while abroad, but it will almost certainly cost a lot of money to do so.

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Roaming charges on phone networks worldwide are stupidly high, and it's best to completely avoid using your mobile phone while abroad. If you have an unlocked phone, you might want to consider buying a prepaid SIM card locally while overseas and using that instead (if the prepaid SIM card allows data usage, some of them don't).

Phone network deals that allow unlimited internet access usually don't work overseas.

Alternatively, try to find a public Wi-Fi hotspot that you can use with the tablet instead. Many public places such as hotels, libraries, cafes and even trains offer Wi-Fi hotspots. Some of them are free, some of them charge a modest fee, while others are very expensive. Always ask a member of staff for more details before trying to use a public wi-fi hotspot.

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How can I connect my mobile internet to my tablet? ›

Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some phones can share Wi-Fi connection by tethering.
Turn on your hotspot
  1. On the other device, open that device's list of Wi-Fi options.
  2. Pick your phone's hotspot name.
  3. Enter your phone's hotspot password.
  4. Click Connect.

How do I use my phone as an internet connection? ›

Turn your smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  1. On iOS devices, go to Settings, then toggle “Personal Hotspot” on. Once you do, you'll be given a Wi-Fi password. ...
  2. On Android devices, the process can differ a little depending on your phone's model. Go to Settings, then look for a menu for networks or connections.

Can I use my phone as a hotspot for my tablet? ›

To turn your Android phone into a hotspot, go to Settings, then Mobile Hotspot & Tethering. Tap on Mobile Hotspot to turn it on, set the name of your network and set a password. You connect a computer or tablet to your phone's Wi-Fi hotspot just as you would connect to any other Wi-Fi network.

How can I get my tablet to work without Wi-Fi? ›

Use a Wired Dongle to connect your Tablet with Ethernet

A dongle is an add-on attachment that connects to your phone, laptop, or tablet and allows you to connect additional devices or peripherals to it. Similarly, dongles for tablets allow them to connect to the internet through an ethernet connection.

Can I use my phone to get internet on my laptop? ›

Using your phone to connect a laptop, tablet or even another phone to the internet is called tethering. It's a bit like using 4GEE WiFi - but you can use either Bluetooth, USB cable or portable WiFi hotspot to connect your phone to another device.

How do I sync my Android phone to my tablet? ›

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Can I get internet from my phone? ›

Mobile hotspot on Android
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click More > Tethering and Wi-Fi Hotspot > Mobile Hotspot.
  3. Turn on Mobile Hotspot.
  4. Create a password.
  5. On your other device, select your phone's hotspot on the list of Wi-Fi options.
  6. Enter the password you created for your phone's network.
  7. You're connected!
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Can you use a phone for internet only? ›

Turning an old Android smartphone to a dedicated Wi-Fi device only is quite simple to do. As a matter of fact, all you have to do is turn off all cellular network and features and that's it. As a dedicated Wi-Fi device, not only you preserve the battery of your brand new phone, you also prolong its general lifespan.

Can I use my mobile phone as a router? ›

To use your Android device as a mobile hotspot, open the Settings app and select Network & internet. Then go to Hotspot & tethering > Wi-Fi hotspot and enable Use Wi-Fi hotspot. Finally, connect another device to the WiFi network using the Hotspot name and password.

How do I connect my tablet to my phone via Bluetooth? ›

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How do I connect my Samsung tablet to my Mobile Hotspot? ›

Set Up Mobile Hotspot
  1. From a Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to access the apps screen.
  2. Navigate: Settings. ...
  3. Tap. Mobile Hotspot. ...
  4. Tap the. Menu icon. ...
  5. Tap. Configure Mobile Hotspot. ...
  6. From the 'Configure Mobile Hotspot' screen, configure the following as preferred: Network name (SSID) ...
  7. Tap. Save.

Can I use my own phone as a hotspot? ›

Tap Settings, then Connections. Tap Mobile Hotspot and Tethering. Tap Mobile Hotspot to turn it on. Once it's on, tap Mobile Hotspot again, then tap Configure, where you can change the password to something difficult enough to help keep unwelcome guests from joining.

How can I get free Internet for free? ›

How to Get Free Internet
  1. Public WiFi Hotspots. A WiFi hotspot is a physical location where people can access the internet using WiFi technology. ...
  2. Municipal WiFi Hotspots. ...
  3. Connect2Compete Internet Program. ...
  4. FreedomPop. ...
  5. All Free ISP.

How can I connect to the internet without Wi-Fi? ›

To get internet without WiFi all you need is a Modem to connect to cable, DSL, or satellite for internet access. The modem may be a stand-alone device, or may have a built-in wired and/or wireless router. The router is what connects the network clients (wired or wireless) to the internet.

Can tablets use mobile data? ›

A tablet can use cellular data bundles like a cell phone if it can use a sim card. You can also use a hotspot with your cell phone or Bluetooth tethering. The options are unlimited. And you can always find alternative ways to connect your tablet to the internet even when you are away from your WiFi.

How can I get Internet on my laptop without Wi-Fi? ›

How to Connect My Laptop to the Internet Anywhere?
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  2. 4G Mobile USB Modem. ...
  3. Satellite Internet. ...
  4. Public WiFi.
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How can I connect my Android phone to my laptop for Internet? ›

How to Connect Internet From Mobile to Laptop ?
  1. Step 1: Connect Your Mobile to Laptop Via Usb Cable. just don't worry. ...
  2. Step 2: Go to Settings Then Go to Hotspot & Tethering. just follow the images as shown above.
  3. Step 3: Enable Usb Tethering. ...
  4. Step 4: Now,go to Your Laptop or Pc. ...
  5. Step 5: Finally Open Web Browser.

How do I connect my phone to my laptop for Internet via Bluetooth? ›

Tether by Bluetooth
  1. Pair your phone with the other device.
  2. Set up the other device to get its network connection by Bluetooth. Follow the instructions that came with the device.
  3. Open your phone's Settings app.
  4. Tap Network & internet. Hotspot & tethering.
  5. Tap Bluetooth tethering.

Can I mirror my Android phone to my tablet? ›

Smart View on its own will let you mirror your screen to a TV, but when combined with Samsung Flow you can mirror your phone's screen to your PC or tablet. First, make sure your phone and other device are paired. Then, on your PC or tablet, open Samsung Flow and then select the Smart View icon.

How can I sync my Samsung phone and tablet? ›

Sync your data
  1. Navigate to and open Settings, tap your name at the top of the screen, and then tap Samsung Cloud.
  2. Tap an app to see its additional sync settings. ...
  3. Next, tap the switch next to your desired apps and data to turn auto sync on or off for them.

How do I sync my tablet with my phone and computer? ›

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How do you find the password for your Wi-Fi? ›

In Network and Sharing Center, next to Connections, select your Wi-Fi network name. In Wi-Fi Status, select Wireless Properties. In Wireless Network Properties, select the Security tab, then select the Show characters check box. Your Wi-Fi network password is displayed in the Network security key box.

Can you get internet without cable? ›

If your home isn't wired for cable or phone, you can get internet with fixed-wireless, mobile wireless internet (4G LTE), or satellite internet. And if your home is wired for landline phone service, you can also get DSL internet and still choose not to get landline phone service.

How can I make Wi-Fi? ›

How to set up a Wi-Fi network
  1. Purchase a wireless router. To create your own Wi-Fi network, you'll need a wireless router. ...
  2. Connect the cables. Once you've acquired a wireless router, you'll need to connect it to your existing Internet modem. ...
  3. Configure your router. ...
  4. Connect! ...
  5. Congratulations!

Does your phone need a SIM card to use Wi-Fi? ›

Your Android smartphone will totally work without a SIM card. In fact, you can do almost everything you can do with it right now, without paying a carrier anything or using a SIM card. All you need is Wi-Fi (internet access), a few different apps, and a device to use.

Do cell phones have built in Wi-Fi? ›

Some devices are built for Wi-Fi use only while others, such as 4G LTE smartphones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6, have Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G LTE access.

How can I use my Android phone as a WiFi router? ›

What to Know
  1. On Samsung, go to Settings > Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering and turn on Mobile Hotspot.
  2. On other Androids, go to Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering > Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. When the hotspot is activated, connect your other devices to it as you would any other Wi-Fi network.
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How can I share my internet from my phone to my router? ›

How to Connect a Router to a Mobile Hotspot
  1. STEP 1 Get the Right Router. You will need to purchase a router that allows for mobile tethering. ...
  2. STEP 2 Connect Your Phone to the Router. You should physically connect your phone to the router with a USB cable. ...
  3. STEP 3 Instigate a WiFi Hotspot.
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How do I turn my Android phone into a wireless router? ›

Setting up Android like a wireless router is straightforward.
  1. On Android, open Settings > Network & internet > Hotspot & tethering.
  2. Next, select Portable hotspot.
  3. Tap On then confirm the message regarding interruptions to existing connections.
  4. Click Configure hotspot.
  5. Set a Network name (SSID)---this can be anything.
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Can I get prepaid internet for my tablet? ›

Can I get a prepaid data plan for a tablet? Yes, you can purchase a cellular data plan from numerous low-cost carriers.

How do I connect my Samsung tablet to my mobile hotspot? ›

Set Up Mobile Hotspot
  1. From a Home screen, swipe up or down from the center of the display to access the apps screen.
  2. Navigate: Settings. ...
  3. Tap. Mobile Hotspot. ...
  4. Tap the. Menu icon. ...
  5. Tap. Configure Mobile Hotspot. ...
  6. From the 'Configure Mobile Hotspot' screen, configure the following as preferred: Network name (SSID) ...
  7. Tap. Save.

How can I share my mobile data without hotspot? ›

Share data with USB tethering
  1. Connect your phone to your PC or other device using a USB chord.
  2. Open phone "Settings" on the home screen or in the menu.
  3. Access "Networks and Internet".
  4. Choose "WiFi Zone / Connection Sharing".
  5. Select "USB tethering".
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How can I get internet on my Android without Wi-Fi? ›

How to connect your phone to the internet without wifi - YouTube

How do tablets connect to internet? ›

To connect your Android phone or tablet to your wireless network, just follow these steps:
  1. Swipe down from the top of your screen, then select the settings icon.
  2. Select Wi-Fi, then move the slider to the on position.
  3. Select the name of the Wi-Fi network you want to join.
  4. Enter the network password.
  5. Select Connect.
15 Mar 2022

How much is a 100GB of data? ›

A 100GB data plan will allow you to browse the internet for around 1200 hours, to stream 20,000 songs or to watch 200 hours of standard-definition video. Nowadays, the key difference between mobile phone price plans is how many gigabytes of data it comes with.

Why won't my tablet connect to my mobile hotspot? ›

Turn off Airplane Mode on your mobile. If you've turned on your smartphone's Airplane Mode, you've likely disabled its mobile hotspot feature. Turn off your tablet's cellular connection. Your tablet may actually be prioritizing your 3G, 4G, or 5G connection over your mobile hotspot Wi-Fi connection.

How do I set up mobile data on my Samsung tablet? ›

Turn mobile data on or off - Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Slide your finger down the display starting from the top edge of your tablet. Press the mobile data icon to turn the function on or off. If you turn off the function: Press OK.

What is my password for my hotspot? ›

How to Find Hotspot Password Android - YouTube

How do I turn my phone into Wi-Fi hotspot? ›

How to Turn Your Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot - YouTube

Is tethering and hotspot the same thing? ›

Difference between tethering and hotspot

Hotspot is physical access point which is a device which is connected to a router or a gateway but tethering is a connection among devices (smartphones, tablets, computers etc).

How do I turn my phone into a Mobile Hotspot? ›

Wi-Fi. On the device that you want to connect to, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure that it's on. Then verify the Wi-Fi password and name of the phone. Stay on this screen until you've connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.

How can I access internet for free? ›

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  2. Affordable Connectivity Program. ...
  3. FreedomPop. ...
  4. NetZero. ...
  5. WiFi Map. ...
  6. Check With Your Internet Service Provider. ...
  7. Lifeline: Free Internet for Seniors. ...
  8. Share with Neighbors.
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How do I connect to the internet without Wi-Fi? ›

To get internet without WiFi all you need is a Modem to connect to cable, DSL, or satellite for internet access. The modem may be a stand-alone device, or may have a built-in wired and/or wireless router. The router is what connects the network clients (wired or wireless) to the internet.

How can I get unlimited data? ›

You can get free internet on your Android device by using a VPN service.
To get unlimited internet access, use the following VPN.
  1. Droid VPN.
  2. Feat VPN.
  3. Fly VPN.
  4. Sky VPN.
  5. Troid VPN.


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