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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Share Mobile Data Connection Via Bluetooth in Android 4.4 Kitkat

If in the previous post we have learnt about how to enable and use Wi-Fi tethering in the Samsung Galaxy SIV, now we'll learn about how to enable and use Bluetooth tethering in the same device. As same as Wi-Fi tethering, Bluetooth tethering also will allow you to share your mobile data connection, but it's used between Bluetooth capable devices.

How to enable Bluetooth tethering?
These steps are done in the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4 Kitkat:
  1. First, you have to enable mobile data in your Samsung Galaxy SIV. You can do so by swipe down the top of the using two fingers and then tap Mobile data button to enable it(it shows green when enabled).
  2. Now, go to Settings.
  3. In Connections tab, tap More network.
  4. Tap Tethering and portable hotspot.
  5. Check the box next to Bluetooth tethering to enable this option. It'll automatically activate Bluetooth on this phone.
  6. To make it easier, you can also set your Bluetooth visibility by following these steps:
    • Go to Settings.
    • In Connections tab, tap Bluetooth.
    • Under My device section, check the box next to your Bluetooth name(By default, the name is Galaxy S4) to make your device visible to all nearby Bluetooth devices.

How to access internet using Bluetooth tethering?
These steps have been tested in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.7 with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean:
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Under Wireless and network section, enable Bluetooth by sliding the ON/OFF switch to the right. The phone will automatically scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. Or, you can tap Scan button to scan for nearby Bluetooth devices manually.
  3. If both devices have already paired, simply tap the Bluetooth name(in this case, Galaxy S4) to connect to the paired device for internet access.
  4. If it's the first time to pair between both devices, you need to connect them by tapping the device name (in this case, Galaxy S4) and then tap OK in the Bluetooth pairing request notifications in both devices.
  5. Tap Settings (cogwheel) icon next to Galaxy S4 to enter its settings.
  6. Tap Internet access.
  7. You'll see the Bluetooth tethering icon is displayed on the status bar as a sign that you're connected to the paired device for internet access.
  8. The mobile data connection from Samsung Galaxy SIV now can be used in this phone.

All of us might be know that Wi-Fi tethering will be able to provide us faster internet connection. So, if you're like me, if available I always prefer to use Wi-Fi tethering than Bluetooth tethering. And you should note that this feature also consumes more battery, so if you concern with the battery life issue, it'll be better if you only use this feature as needed.


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