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At the moment, I use my phone's internet connection on my laptop by using a USB cable. How do I set things up to use internet using my phone without the USB cable. So, that I can get rid of the USB cable and use Bluetooth instead?

I am using an android phone and I want to use my phones 3g data to give my laptop an internet connection in remote locations where I don't have wifi access. Plus my laptop doesn't have wifi anyway, just bluetooth.

So basically, how do I configure ubuntu so it can use the internet made available for my phones bluetooth connection which passes through the 3g connection to my computer?

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What phone are using? What OS does it run? Does the phone support creating a wifi hotspot? – i08in May 26 '14 at 9:00
While the question is with too little information, I'd suggest you add more in-detail including what @Jobin has asked. This will help us to assist you better. :) – AzkerM May 26 '14 at 10:06
Why do you need to use the internet using Bluetooth when you already have an android with WiFi hostspot which you can simply configure and connect using your lap's WiFi. ? – AzkerM May 26 '14 at 10:38
@AzkerM, 2 reasons for that. 1. I don't have wifi on my laptop. 2. I want to use my phones 3g via bluetooth to give my laptop an internet connection where no wifi is available. – oshirowanen May 26 '14 at 11:13
Well, now bluetooth actually make sense and its good that you've edited your question by adding those necessary information. I've never used nor have I seen anyone experimenting this in Linux but Windows. I hope an expert will assist you on this. :/ – AzkerM May 26 '14 at 11:31
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First of all, your phone needs to support Bluetooth tethering. Where to find this setting depends on your phone. If you happen to use Cyanogenmod, it would be under Settings > Wireless & Networks > More > Tethering & portable hotspot > Bluetooth tethering. On other Android flavors you would need to look around. If you don't have this setting, you might be able to get it to work by installing an app – Google Play has a few that claim to do the job, though I haven't tried any myself.

Having made sure your phone supports Bluetooth tethering, get Blueman (from the Ubuntu repositories). With that you can pair your phone and computer and then use it for Internet connection.

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I can see an option to switch on usb tethering, but I can't see bluetooth tethering. I can only switch on bluetooth on the phone. – oshirowanen May 26 '14 at 10:43
I've edited my response, including some information on how to check if Bluetooth tethering is available or how to get it. – user149408 May 26 '14 at 12:23
I hope that you have a recent phone & laptop which support the recent version of the Bluetooth protocol with higher speed. Or you won't be able to take advantage of the 3G speed. – Justin Jun 13 '14 at 12:44

There is an option called USB Tethering in android.


Settings --> Wireless & Networks --> Internet tethering


Settings -> Wireless settings -> Tethering -> Tethering USB...

It changes based on the version of android you are using... Switch ON this tethering after plugin the android mobile to the laptop.

You can also use WiFi tethering.

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That's usb tethering, which I currently use, I want to get rid of the usb cable and do the whole thing using bluetooth. – oshirowanen May 26 '14 at 10:44
why don't you use WIFI Tethering?. – Joyal George May 27 '14 at 4:35
2 reasons. 1. Because I need to use my 3g connection, you can't get wifi everywhere. 2. I don't want to carry around a usb cable, I want to do this via bluetooth. – oshirowanen May 27 '14 at 7:47
You are misunderstood... you activated WIFI Tethering means your mobile will act as a modem+wifi router's role. This method uses your phone's internet connection(2g or 3g whatever) to your laptop which is connected to your mobile via WIFI Hotspot teathering. – Joyal George May 27 '14 at 9:02

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