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How to: Bluetooth Tether to Motorola XOOM Using Original DROID

Yesterday we put together our guide on how to wireless tether your DROID X to your Motorola XOOM, but wanted to make sure we covered all of the original DROID members out there as well.  And since the original DROID creates an ad-hoc spot rather than infrastructure like the DX or various other phones, a standard wireless tether won’t work, so we have to go with Bluetooth instead.  Luckily, the Wireless Tethering app from the market has a Bluetooth option, and that’s exactly what we’ll be using here.  I should also point out that this method does require that you root your original DROID, but for those of you with a DX, D2 or Pro, you can apparently do this without rooting.  

Instructions:

*Note 1* – This will apparently work on the DROID X, D2 and Pro without having to root.

1.  Root your Motorola DROID. [Instructions]
2.  Download Wireless Tether from the market and install on your DROID.
3.  Open Wireless Tether and switch it to use Bluetooth.

Menu>Settings>Use Bluetooth

4.  Exit Wireless Tether.
5.  From your XOOM, set your device to Airplane mode.
6.  Head into the Bluetooth settings on both your DROID and XOOM and turn it on.
7.  Check the box on both to make “Discoverable” and then “Scan for nearby devices.”
8.  Once both are seen, head back into Wireless Tether and turn it on.

9.  From your XOOM tap on “DROID” and “Pair” both devices when prompted.

10.  Each device should say “Paired but not connected.”
11.  From your XOOM, tap on the Wrench icon next to your paired DROID.

12.  You should now see a Tethering option.  Tap on it.

13.  You are now tethered.  Enjoy.

Huge hat tip to Nvious1 over at XDA for getting the ball rolling on this guide.

Cheers Michael!

  • Funvirginian

    This is pretty dead now right with latest versions of Xoom is releases?

  • Ctcstudios

    What kind of crap is this? I bought this xoom so i can use it with my camera and not have a USB cord, so basicly, the xoom Bluetooth is useless without seven or eight steps to download each photo. For the extra bucks ,obviously the I pad is well worth the price since apple at least worked out the bugs in the most basic functions of the device before releasing it for sale. It is a ripoff plain and simple the way I see it. Wifi, and Bluetooth are the methods by which the device wirelessly connects to other devices, and 50% of that does not function, therefore it is a 200.00 device, which I will ask for a 50% refund for, or simply return the device since it is clearly defective by design. All of cameras work flawlessly with my 6 year old laptop with a 15.00 Bluetooth USB plug, shame on Motorola for duping the public by touting this tablet as a functioning device. I did figure I could live with turning it sideways to send an email every time but now I am pissed off. It goes back to best buy tomorrow, and I’ll upgrade to the I pad, or get a cheap laptop, either way I will be way ahead.

  • Sam

    I frigging love you. This works for the Samsung galaxy tab 10.1! The wifi tether app is no longer in the market but can be downloaded separately (Google android-wifi-tether). You need to download version 2 of the app (not version 3!) to get the tether over Bluetooth option. Make sure your application settings allow apps to be installed from unknown sources. I had to put my tablet into airplane mode and then turn on Bluetooth, but it works!

  • Twizdt

    any update on having to reboot to reconnect through bluetooth yet?

  • Unithy

    I couldn’t figured out why my Xoom could tether to other phones, and my Droid could tether to other tablets. Now I know and I know how to fix this! Thanks very much.

  • Jfkountz

    Grrr. The above does not work on my Droid1-Xoom. 
    I looked through postings which suggested I need a patch, but my droid doesn’t show a file called “network.so” in the files, and that is the thing I’m supposed to alter in order to fix the bluetooth issue.
    grrrrr.

  • dinoknots

    So I just accepted the new 3.2 update which was pushed to my xoom and now allows use of SD card slot, however, my bluetooth tethering connection which was working before after completing above steps no longer functions. I cannot load webpages despite having a “using [bluetooth] connection for internet access” message under Bluetooth settings. Now I get a message next to my clock indicating “no internet access” despite everything looking like it should have an active connection. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m really pissed if there isn’t a workaround to this.

    • Lineman3705

      I feel ur pain. We cant be the only 2 ppl experiencing this. S.O.S Devs!

      • Threebanger

        Same boat as well.

    • sharp12

      I’m right there with you…just tried this morning since the 3.2 update and bamm…can’t get internet on Xoom!

    • Boone

      I just purchased my Xoom wifi so it was running 3.2 within an hour of turning it on. Trying to tether to a D2G running 2.2. I DID SEE THIS WORK TWO DAYS AGO. When it worked, there were both blue tooth icons in the Xoom – the big one for bluetooth and the smaller one for the tether. I have not done anything with firmware since and today I am getting the same deal – everything looks like it should be working but there is no internet access. The tether bluetooth icon is now not appearing. It transfers files fine. After making sure I was in a no-hot-spot zone, I tried turning off airplane mode on the Xoom and, after thinking about it for a while, that restarted my Xoom. Twice. So there is something off…

    • Juddcharlesw

      I just followed these instructions with an OG Droid and a 3G Xoom running 3.2. It’s working fine here. Both the Droid and Xoom are rooted. No custom ROMs on either, just root access for overclocking kernels. Not sure if that is the difference between us or not, but it’s working great for me.

      • Juddcharlesw

        FYI – After I disconnected the tether it would not work again afterwards. That is, until I rebooted my Xoom. Then it is back in business again. Have you tried rebooting your devices?

        • DeanM

          This exact same thing happens to me. It works on first pair but if I disconnect and connect later it won’t tether. But as you said the reboot worked. But is there a way to troubleshoot this without rebooting? It works but it’s annoying to have to do every time :/

  • 74117411

    So I just accepted the new 3.2 update which was pushed to my xoom and now allows use of SD card slot, however, my bluetooth tethering connection which was working before after completing above steps no longer functions. I cannot load webpages despite having a “using [bluetooth] connection for internet access” message under Bluetooth settings. Now I get a message next to my clock indicating “no internet access” despite everything looking like it should have an active connection. Has anyone else experienced this? I’m really pissed if there isn’t a workaround to this.

    • Anonymous

      I am having the same issue. I can not tether usign the above method once I updated to 3.2. Any one know of a work around?

      • Anonymous

        Turn off your system and reboot. Tethering should now work. Unfortunately this is just a temporary fix as when you disconnect you will need to reboot the Xoom to connect again.

  • jj

    Thanks for the help.  I’ve been trying to tether with my ASUS EEE all day, finally a solution.

  • Guest

    Got it to work with my recently rooted gsm htc hero and the asus transformer. Summer vacation is saved :) Thanks for putting this guide together!

  • Guest

    Got it to work with my recently rooted gsm htc hero and the asus transformer. Summer vacation is saved :) Thanks for putting this guide together!

  • Cybertronian94

    Will this work on store unlocked galaxy tab 10.1??

  • Mrdixon

    will this work with an HTC Eris droid?

  • Mrdixon

    Will this work with an HTC Eris droid?

  • Chaser457

    Still works…just got around to trying. OGD rocks!

  • http://twitter.com/norsedakotan Chris Peterson

     FYI, this works for Transformer as well.

  • Scott

    The wireless tether app only has to be on the Droid, not the Xoom, to tether through Bluetooth, correct?