If only you could get WiFi in the Airport without signing up for an account… Well, now you can! It’s not free (unless you have an unlimited cellular plan) but at least you’re not forced to sign up to a mailing list just so you can get WiFi.

“Ah!” you say, “But I know what you’re getting at! You’re just going to tell me: “For Goodness sakes, man! Check your email on your Bloomin’ phone!”

Well, if you thought that, you were wrong. No, with what I’ve planned for us, it’ll be like your laptop has a cellular chip. All you need is to have your phone nearby. No third-party software required!

Please note:

This is NOT FREE. This process basically involves your iPhone relaying data from the cell towers to your computer, and back again, so cellular data charges WILL apply. Some (selfish) companies charge more when using Hotspot because you’re more likely to reach your data cap, and the more data you use the more money it costs them (or the less data you use the more profit they make out of you). With that in mind:

The Technicalities

On an iPhone, there are three options: WiFi, USB, or Bluetooth. WiFi is (by far) the simplest, USB is the fastest (but not by much) and Bluetooth is the slowest, but it uses the least battery. WiFi is the best of all three worlds. It’s slower than USB, but it’s faster than Bluetooth. It’s the simplest of the three, and you can connect up to 10 devices to it at any time, unlike USB and Bluetooth. Because you, as an average consumer, will probably not need to use anything other than WiFi, we will just cover that. However,

Because you, as an average consumer, will probably not need to use anything other than WiFi, we will just cover that. However, if, for some reason, WiFi does not suit your needs, you can read this article. If it does (which I’m sure it will), you can read on.

Setting WiFi up is very simple.

Simply go to Settings, and tap Personal Hotspot. IMG_7643Simply flip the switch on.IMG_7644Now, your phone will send out a WLAN signal to nearby devices. A blue bar will appear at the top of the screen if anyone’s connected. It may be practical to just leave it on all the time, and then your computer can connect at any time automatically. The password is a random alphanumeric code by default, but you can change it to anything you want by tapping it (It has to be eight characters or more).

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