Many cell phone carriers offer the ability to tether, but some don’t, and many of the ones that do charge insane amounts per month to have the service available on the device. Sharing your Internet connection with another device is incredibly useful and can be a real lifesaver if you need to get some work done on your laptop and you happen to find yourself somewhere without a Wi-Fi connection. If your carrier does not offer tethering, and your iPhone is jailbroken, there is a way to get tethering on your device without a monthly charge.
MyWi is one of the best ways to get tethering on your iPhone. It is easy to use, and offers all the features you could ever want for tethering on your device. It makes the process of sharing your Internet connection so easy, that even individuals with minimal tech skills can make it happen. Is it the cheapest tweak on Cydia? Certainly not, but when you compare it to the cost of a monthly tethering plan to the one-time purchase price of MyWi, it becomes much more reasonable.
If your carrier offers tethering, and you opt to go around those plans using MyWi, there is a good chance that they will add a tethering plan to your account if they catch you using MyWi. Keep that in mind before you decide whether purchasing this app is for you.
To install MyWi, simply search Cydia for, you guessed it, “MyWi.” Make sure to download the one called “MyWi 5,” as MyWi 4 is the outdated version for iOS 4. If you are still running iOS 4, the old one will work, but many of the features I will talk about today will not be there. The app costs $20, but you can grab a trial of the app to see if you like it before you drop the money for a license.
MyWi offers four different ways to tether on your iPhone. The first of these is through Wi-Fi, which turns your iPhone into a mobile hotspot. When this is enabled, laptops and other devices with a Wi-Fi connection can see your iPhone and connect to it just like it was a router in your home. All you need to do is enable this option from the app, and choose whether you want it to be password-protected or open (I highly recommend password protecting it, as anyone can connect if they are within range).
You can also tether through USB. Just like Wi-Fi, you simply enable it, and plug your phone into your computer. This is the best way to tether if you only need to connect one device at a time. You do not need to worry about unauthorized people connecting, and it keeps your phone charged as you are sharing the Internet connection.
MyWi also offers tethering over Bluetooth. Obviously, the device you are sharing with must be compatible with Bluetooth in order for this to work. You simply pair your iPhone and other Bluetooth device, turn on Bluetooth, and you will be on the Internet.
The last type of tethering is really awesome. It’s called MyWi OnDemand. This is designed specifically for pairing your iPhone and iPad. Whenever your iPad wants to connect, it automatically opens the connection with your iPhone and shares the Internet. This means you don’t have to go into the app and turn on sharing every single time you want your iPad to have Internet. This is not included in the base app, and requires an additional $5.00 purchase.
MyWi also has some other cool features. Here’s some examples of some other cool stuff MyWi does:
- Share a Wi-Fi connection instead of cellular data.
- Tells you how much data you have sent and received while tethering.
- Shows number of connected devices.
- Supports WPA2 and WEP security.
- Shows the rate of battery drain (tethering uses a ton of battery).
For ease of use and amount of features, it does not get better than MyWi. It has all the options you need for sharing your phone’s Internet with other devices, and it does it in a slick package that anyone can pick up and use without needing to learn the ins and outs of network sharing. It’s so good, it feels like it’s built right into the iPhone’s OS.