How to Tether an Apple iTouch to an Android Phone

by Matt Skaggs

You have a variety of options for Internet use on both your iPod Touch and your Android phone. You can download custom apps, check email, browse news stories and even use video chat. In some cases, you may be unable to get online with your iPod if there isn't an available Wi-Fi network. As long as you have a 3G or 4G signal and a data plan, most Android phones allow you to broadcast your own Wi-Fi network, and you can then tether your iPod to that network and access the Internet on it.

Wi-Fi Setup

1

Open the "Settings" app on your phone. Depending on your device, this will either be a shortcut on your Home screen, or you can find it by tapping the "All apps" option on the Home screen and tapping the "Settings" app.

2

Tap "Wireless & networks," select "More" and choose "Tethering & portable hotspot." Not all phones require that you tap "More"; you can go ahead and tap "Tethering & portable hotspot" if you do see it immediately after tapping "Wireless & networks."

3

Tap "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot." This turns the Wi-Fi hotspot on. Later, you can disable the hotspot by tapping this option again.

4

Tap either "Configure Wi-Fi hotspot" or "Set up Wi-Fi hotspot," depending on which one you see. Different phones have different terminology for this setting.

5

Note the hotspot name in the "Network SSID" section and make any configurations you prefer. You can tap the name and change it if you want, and you can require a password for the network in the security section. Without a password, anyone can connect to your hotspot, even without your permission, so you should enable this. The best security option is "WPA2 PSK." After selecting this, you can type in whatever password you prefer.

6

Tap "Save" when you're done configuring the hotspot.

iPod Connection

1

Tap "Settings" on your iPod Touch.

2

Tap "Wi-Fi."

3

Tap on your Android phone's hotspot name. This is the same name you noted or typed in the Network SSID section.

4

Type the network's required password, if necessary. If you left your network unsecured, you will not need to type in anything. In a moment your iPod will be online and you can browse the Web.

Warnings

  • close Any data your iPod or any other device uses while connected to your Android phone will count as data used on your Android's data plan. This could result in additional charges to your account, depending on your carrier and your contract.
  • close Broadcasting a Wi-Fi hotspot will greatly increase the drain on your Android phone's battery. If you plan to use your phone's hotspot for an extended period of time, you should consider plugging it in so your iPod doesn't lose Internet access when the Android phone's battery begins to run out.

About the Author

A lover of technology in all forms, Matt Skaggs began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in Windows computers and Android devices. His writing has appeared on many websites providing a plethora of technology information and tutorials. In 2008 Skaggs graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities.

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