Although iPhone now has inbuilt tethering functionality, stock limitations still apply. To set up tethering on your iPhone, you must gain the required permissions from your carrier.
Here’s a new app called TetherNoJailbreak that lets you bypass these limitations without jailbreak.
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What is TetherNoJailbreak?
Usually, carriers provide tethering to their users but at an added cost, which can be a bit expensive. Moreover, almost all carriers limit your hotspot usage to a predefined amount of data.
These limits exist even for users that have purchased the unlimited plan. For example, you have unlimited data but your carrier limits your hotspot data to just 10GB.
This is where TetherNoJailbreak comes in.
TetherNoJailbreak app bypasses the stock tethering limitations of your iPhone for free. It is developed by Frank Zhang and jujijoog.
Essentially, this app disguises the tethering data as regular data. Once you install it, you will not experience the following –
- Carrier-specific hotspot limitations
- Paying extra money to remove hotspot limitations
- Blocked hotspot functionality on your iPhone
TetherMe vs TetherNoJailbreak
There are a few tethering Cydia tweaks available for iOS such as PDANet and TetherMe.
However, your iPhone must have a jailbreak in order to use them.
This is a non-issue if you install the TetherNoJailbreak app on your Apple smartphone.
Its only downside is its setup that may be a bit cumbersome to those unfamiliar with advanced networking concepts.
Apart from that, you can use it only on laptops or computers that are able to configure SOCKS proxy or with other Apple devices.
- iPhone X or below
- iOS 10-11 firmware
- Cydia Impactor
- A computer running Windows, macOS or Linux
- Ad-hoc Wifi network created by your computer/laptop or a portable router
Enable Hotspot tethering on iPhone without your carrier knowing
Step 1 Connect your iPhone to your computer or laptop.
Step 2 Open Cydia Impactor and ensure it recognizes your device. If you don’t have it installed on your computer, download it from this link.
Step 3 Download the IPA file using the link above. Drag and drop it to Cydia Impactor’s window.
Step 4 Enter your Apple ID credentials once it prompts you to do so.
Step 5 Wait for the installation to complete. Once it does, disconnect your device. Go to your home screen and ensure the app is present therein.
Ad-hoc Wifi network setup
Step 6 Create an ad-hoc Wifi network on your computer or laptop.
Step 7 Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and connect your iPhone to the ad-hoc Wifi network you created in the previous step.
Step 8 Launch “Tethering” app on your Apple device. Your iPhone is now ready for hotspot tethering.
Step 9 Tap Start to start tethering.
Step 10 Copy the address value that appears in the app.
Step 11 Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap the “i” button present next to your ad-hoc network’s name.
Step 12 Tap Configure IP and set it to Manual.
Step 13 Enter the IP address value you copied in “step 10” to the IP Address field. In my case, the IP address was 192.168.43.113.
Step 14 Enter 255.255.255.0 as your Subnet Mask and leave the Router field empty.
Step 15 Go back to your computer/laptop and access your network preferences. In the TCP/IP section, enter the first 3 numbers of the aforementioned IP address in the IPv4 address field.
For the last number, enter any number between 2 and 253. In my case, this address can look something like this – 192.168.43.120.
Step 16 Enter 255.255.255.0 as your Subnet Mask.
Step 17 Enter the exact IP address that the app displays in the Router field.
Step 18 Enter the same IP address in the DNS field as well.
Step 19 Go to Proxies tab and select SOCKS proxy. This step is essential because TetherNoJailbreak works only for devices that can configure SOCKS proxies.
Step 20 Enter the IP address and the port number from “Step 10” in the SOCKS proxy field.
That’s all there’s to it! You can now use your iPhone’s internet on your laptop or computer freely.
Just make sure that you leave the TetherNoJailbreak app open on your device so that tethering remains functional.
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