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Bluetooth Tethering Available on DROID X, for Now

Since we don’t have root access to the Droid X just yet, we also don’t have a wireless tethering app available, right?  True, but what we do have is a Bluetooth option!  If your computer allows for Bluetooth connections, then you can have your mobile hotspot on the go without being directed to VZW for payment.  Oh yeah, this feature is fully confirmed and working on Mac, Windows and Ubuntu systems.  You can still USB tether using PDANet or Tether, but who doesn’t love to remove that pesky cable?

The only thing we have to worry about now is how long until Verizon blocks this.  Will it be with the OTA update we’re expecting to receive today?  “Updated Bluetooth® connection for enhanced video sharing experience” is one of the fixes coming, so enjoy it while you can.

Cheers Jacob and Wade!

  • http://www.lead411.com/Laura_Ellenberger_1923107.html Laura Ellenberger

    Well the Droid X just yet, we also don’t have a wireless tethering app available, right? Thanks

  • http://www.lead411.com/Tony_DiRienzo_253096.html Tony DiRienzo

    Nice, thanks for sharing this info. Looks great, This works flawlessly on my MacBook Pro, it was pretty much the same idea with less buttons.

  • http://www.lead411.com/Kristin_Caborn_1371528.html Kristin Caborn

    Android now become most popular mobile phones and tablets OS. Most useful features are found in there. I think in the future, it can be replace for Windows. What do you think ?

    • Macbeatswindows

      We can only hope, at least then Mac users will have some real competition for a real and stable operating system.

  • Plangonjr

    I have the Droid X and I have been paying $20.00 a month for Wi Fi Hotspots for my home Mac Computer but found out I can use this phone via bluetooth for my internet connection. My question is, am I using more data usage this way or can I use it this way and not pay the $20.00 a month for internet. Thanks

  • http://www.lead411.com/Sterling_Brands_2870924.html Sterling Brands

    This works flawlessly on my MacBook Pro, it was pretty much the same idea with less buttons. Thanks for the useful post!!!!

  • Hilary Backman

    will Verizon charge you if you tether through mac bluetooth networking?

  • JO Skip Robinson

    I the proud owner of a newly minted Droid X. Also have a Dell Lattitude 'E' laptop with bluetooth. I managed to pair them together just following the bouncing ball. Very simple, no additional software required on either side. But am I 'tethered' just because I'm connected? What I need to do is VPN-tunnel from my PC into the Bat Cave. With ordinary internet access, I run an app on my laptop, authenticate via token, and it's like working in my office. If I install PdaNet, will I get the same kind of access as I do from my ISP?

  • JO Skip Robinson

    I the proud owner of a newly minted Droid X. Also have a Dell Lattitude 'E' laptop with bluetooth. I managed to pair them together just following the bouncing ball. Very simple, no additional software required on either side. But am I 'tethered' just because I'm connected? What I need to do is VPN-tunnel from my PC into the Bat Cave. With ordinary internet access, I run an app on my laptop, authenticate via token, and it's like working in my office. If I install PdaNet, will I get the same kind of access as I do from my ISP?

  • gyxrbz

    Just installed the screen update and now my wireless tethering does not work, anyone else?

  • Ace

    Yes you can…Been doing it for months

  • Mike

    You can do it with others, I do with Moto Droid. Works great!

  • http://smackbox.org Smackbox
  • http://twitter.com/Dragonsflame MyHeartsOnMySleeve

    My stupid laptops bluetooth function isnt working so im just using the usb tethering option no big deal but i did want to try it out

  • TheCinciBengals

    I installed the new update last night and as of this morning this still works on my X, I checked the speed on speakeasy.net and I'm getting about .9 mbps download and .5 mbps upload.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    How did you guys get this working? I was able to make a BT Internet connection to my X, but when I try to browse anywhere it brings me to a Verizon screen asking me to subscribe to Mobile Hotspot. And no, I didn't receive an OTA update today.

  • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

    Just connected via bluetooth :) Hooray for not paying $20/mo

    • Dwalsh500

      Been reading the posts. Still not sure how to connect the droid x via bluetooth?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • http://gbrenna.com/ Graham

    Just because the screenshot is from a mac doesn't mean they have an iPhone. I love my MacBook Pro! Seriously the best computer I've ever owned. But I also know I don't want an iPhone and I love my Droid X. It's okay to like mac people… sheesh

  • KEITHSMNR

    ON A MACINTOSH? BOOO HISSSSSS!!!!!!!!! DELETE THAT GARBAGE FROM THIS SITE!

    • Macbeatswindows

      The garbage you are referring to must be windows. You have drank the Koolaid, come on and admit that you really have a Mac at home and love it.

  • banditball

    Why screen shots of a Mac?? Aghh! Think i'm going to be sick…. :(

  • nick o

    i got 2 days of battery life on the droid x what a beast

    • Lakernutz

      You must have had it turned off. I can barely get half a day…of course I don't think I've put it down for more than a few minute since I got it.

      • jag28

        me too. I had a live wallpaper and that killed tha battery. downloaded advance task killer and the battery still charged since this morning. It says 6h 21m since unplugged and i still have a full charge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tbbutler Timothy Brian Butler

      i honestly go charger to charger…. but i dont care cause i still love this x

  • rockymtnhigh

    Of course if VZW was unaware of this feature before, now they know since its on the home page of Droid-Life. :-D

  • http://smackbox.org Smackbox

    Sweet! If they block it, I still have another option you can use on Ubuntu! http://smackbox.org/2010/06/14/droid-tethering-… has all the details on it. Yes this is my site and I am not trying to be a spammer trying to get hits to my site. I just have all the info there and don't fee like posting every link in one comment. Just trying to help. If your interested then go if not don't go!

  • Br_d

    Somehow I missed the post about tether, and I have been using PdaNet, which sucks because it doesn't support https, unless you pay like 20 bucks. Tether is awesome, thanks!

    I can't use native froyo tethering because I have Windows XP Service Pack 2.

  • Prankm

    Off topic, but is anyone else experiencing god awful lag on wake-up with their Droid X? I'm thinking I'm going to have to call Verizon and request a new one today. =( It makes my eyes rain.

    • kellex

      YES.

      • DROIDMANX

        HEY KELLEX, THANKS FOR ALL THE HELPFULL TIPS ON YOUR BLOG, YOU ARE THE MAN. I DO HAVE A QUESTION THOUGH, I HAVE A MAC AND HOW DO I SET UP MY DROID X TO TETHER WITH IT?

        • http://twitter.com/billtoth Bill Toth

          I'm having trouble as well. (also jsut got .604)

      • Prankm

        I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping the OTA update coming today will stealth-fix whatever the heck is causing the lag. It'd be a fantastic phone if they could just get rid of the lag.

  • El El Kool J

    oh yah… one thing too is.. lots of laptops have wifi.. but not bluetooth.. so sorry for those who dont have it.. so be sure to carry that cable around.

    • Tabe

      I would say that “lots” of laptops have bluetooth as well.

      • kellex

        Pretty sure you could be a $5 dollar bluetooth USB and it would work as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000723233001 Michael Welborn

    I have a feeling it's going to be one of those “We accidentally broke your free wireless tether that you weren't supposed to have by giving you better features that you don't want… You're welcome!” kind of situations.

  • nick o

    y isnt update yet

  • El El Kool J

    Bluetooth is a battery drainer :( but it works great atleast on my D1 it does :)

  • rals

    Can this be done with other droids or only the X?

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/N26ALYSYOB7NDXRD46DV2XSJFA Neil M

      I'm pretty sure this works with most Android phones.

      • Jake

        I think you'd hear more about it if it was possible on others.. I know for a fact you couldn't do it on a Moto Droid.

        • Ace

          Yes you can…Been doing it for months

    • Mike

      You can do it with others, I do with Moto Droid. Works great!

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Happy Monday everyone! :-)

    • El El Kool J

      hey happy monday to you to tim :)

    • Mrpicolas

      Yay for Mondays! !!! Lol :-)

    • Michael_NM

      Happy and Monday are two words I have a hard time putting together. :P

      BTW: Whoever sent the screen-shot forgot about the Apple-cott.

    • Ace Z.

      Happy Monday to you Tim, Kellex and the entire Droid-Lifers! Hey Kellex how are you liking the DROID x?

    • kellex

      Happy Monday Tato. :)