Step By Step Guide To iPhone Tethering On Windows 7 And Windows Vista Using Bluetooth

I have been using iPhone tethering using iPhone Data-Cable on my windows PC. In this article I will share how I paired my iPhone With Windows 7 And Windows Vista Computer to enable tethering using Bluetooth.


NOTE: If you don’t have tethering enabled on your iPhone, see the tutorials below :

Enable iPhone Tethering On Any Network In Any Country

Use iPhone Tethering Without Installing iTunes On Any Windows PC

Now I will share with you how to correctly Pair and Connect iPhone using Bluetooth with Windows 7 and Windows Vista in two separate sections below.

iPhone Pairing With Windows 7 Laptop / Desktop

Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone from:

General > Settings > Bluetooth


Simultaneously on your Windows 7 PC, right click on Bluetooth icon in tray and click “Add a device” option.

bluetooth pairing

This will show your iPhone in Bluetooth device search Window, select the Phone and click Next.


This above window will give you a pairing code to pair the iPhone. Put the code on iPhone screen as see below:


Click Next and It will pair the iPhone. However it will show some iPhone Peripheral Bluetooth drivers error. Just ignore that error message. Now on your Windows 7 PC click on Start  > Devices and Printers


Here you will see your iPhone as seen below, right click on it and click properties.


Uncheck the “Wireless iAP” option on the Services Tab of the properties Window and click OK.


Now again Right Click on the iPhone icon and create a shortcut. This will allow easy access from Desktop.


Now Right-click on iPhone icon on Desktop and select the option to “Connect using > Access Point”


That is it 🙂

You are now connected to iPhone Tethering from your Windows 7 PC.

iPhone Pairing With Windows Vista Laptop / Desktop

Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone from:

General > Settings > Bluetooth


Right click on the tray icon and click on “Add a Bluetooth device


This will start a pairing process just like it does in Windows 7. Refer to the above section on Windows 7 if you have difficulties in Pairing. After completion of pairing, you will see a success message like this.


After pairing, it will show errors of missing Bluetooth Peripheral Device Drivers like these below, just ignore these errors.


peripheral bluetooth device drivers not found for iphone

Now Right click on the Bluetooth tray icon and select “Show Bluetooth Devices


Right Click on iPhone, click Properties :


Click on Services tab and uncheck the “Wireless iAP , Audio Source, and Device Synchronization” and click OK.


Right click on the Bluetooth tray icon and click “Join Bluetooth Personal Area Network


This will open a Bluetooth Personal Area Network Device Window like you see below. Click on your iPhone under Access Points option and click Connect


That is it 🙂


This connects the iPhone to Windows Vista Laptop / Desktop via Bluetooth for internet tethering.

7 thoughts on “Step By Step Guide To iPhone Tethering On Windows 7 And Windows Vista Using Bluetooth

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  • April 13, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Hi, nice article! Do you know in your iPhone wisdom how to create an internet tethering shortcut somewhere on the iphone, either in the springboard or via sbsettings. I’ve googled, but no luck!

  • July 3, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Hey man…good post….hey can you think of a way to create a shortcut for “ACCESS POINT” directly (instead of having to right click to get to CONNECT USING > ACCESS POINT)?

  • November 6, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Thanks it works! But firt I must go in Iphone: Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering, and here I finded an option to turn on the tethering.

  • June 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Great stuff, been looking for an answer for weeks or even months!

  • November 6, 2011 at 3:32 am

    The connection with bluetooth network device failed. Won’t work.

  • January 17, 2012 at 6:03 am

    does this work on ipod touch 2nd gen

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