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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!

  •  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?

  •  This is not working after the HC 3.1 update any other way to connect xoom to Droid Original.

  •  This is not working after the HC 3.1 update any other way to connect xoom to Droid Original.

    • i agree- i just bought a xoom (wifi only – no 3g) and rooted my droid1 (for the first time – happy tiems) – verizon made me install wireless tether from the source APK, and I got it onto the xoom from the Market before they banned it. But apparently I’ll need to root the xoom to give wireless thether the access it needs?

  • Rendar_UDL

    I’ve been trying everything I can to get this to work. Any suggestions? I’m using a WiFi only Xoom and an Original Droid (rooted). I’m running Open Garden WiFi Tether which does support Bluetooth tethering. I’m unable to install the original Wireless Tether for Rooted Users. The installation bombs and says “Out of space” but my space is fine. Basically I’m getting to the point where both devices say “Paired, but not connected” and then when I click on the Wrench in Xoom, the option to “tether” is never there? Really annoyed that I am unable to tether my Xoom with my original Droid and would really appreciate any help given. Thanks!

    • Jhot0150

      this is where i get to also. did you ever get it to work? any help would be appreciated?

  • i love you droid life ive been fallowing your page since i got my og droid over a year ago youve helped me root it pimp it out keep up on new sick roms and now this what cant you guys show us!!?? keep up the great work android for life!!!

  • I’m getting an infected warning from my virus scanner on my tablet when installed Wireless Tether.
    False Positive maybe?

  • This guide saved me $240 in Verizon charges per year – THANK YOU.

  • Cjenk

    I hope someone can help me. I have a Droid X, not rooted. I have followed the instructions. In one place on the Xoom says it is connected, shows the bluetooth and in another place the Xoom says it is tethered but not connected. I cannot get a connection on the Xoom no matter what I try. I have tried it with the WiFi on and off. The access control is disabled. The Droid X shows the bluetooth connection is working. Please help.
    Thanks,
    cjenk

  • Anonymous

    Works. Remember you need to tether both from Droid and XOOM to the other device.

  • Stand up for Nvious1!!!

  • What’s odd is that mine is working thru the Wireless Tether, but it keeps saying CANNOT TETHER. YOUR DEVICE IS NOT ROOTED. It’s working though. Whatever.

  • Toast

    Great walk through, this worked perfectly on my Xoom/HTC Legend tethering

  • Alexmd2

    This is a droid NIRVANA, worked like a clock

  • Shindigger11

    this doesnt work for me. I get everything accomplished up until the Tethered part. it shows Tethering (use for internet access) and when I click on it, it goes to connecting then reverts back to use for internet access…

    • Romeokat

      I am having the same problem – now, I *AM* using the XOOM WiFi, but I get all the way to clicking on teather, and have the same issue as Shindigger…

      • Are you doing this with WIFI turned on? I did with wifi turned on, then turned wifi off and it didn’t work. If I start with WIFI off and then connect to the droid, i get bluetooth tethered under the settings display in the bottom right.

        • Romeokat

          Tried it with WiFi on, with it off, with it in “airplane” mode/WiFi and no WiFi, “airplane” mode/bluetooth – I think we’ve tried just about every combination of those settings possible, and in various orders, too!

          My darling husband is our (very competent) family geek, and he thinks that we’re going to have to wait for some of the Android geniuses out there to figure out this problem and craft a fix… *sigh*

          • rob

            I am getting to the hit tools on the xoom and see tethering option…but never seeing the tethering option. Cant get past paired but not tethered. Hope someone can figure this out.

          • rob

            I am getting to the hit tools on the xoom and see tethering option…but never seeing the tethering option. Cant get past paired but not tethered. Hope someone can figure this out.

    • Romeokat

      I am having the same problem – now, I *AM* using the XOOM WiFi, but I get all the way to clicking on teather, and have the same issue as Shindigger…

    • Thesappy1junk

      What ROM are you on. I had the same issue on GPA15 and flashed to CM7 nightly 32. That got the tether working

  • Mitchells_21

    supa props to andro techies!!!!!!

  • Paradox23

    and will it work on the eye pad

  • Www Paradox23

    do you have to pay monthy for this service

  • Dumb question I’m sure but 20 minutes of googling isn’t providing me an answer: Using this tether method, can more than one device connect to the bluetooth PAN and access the internet at the same time? I know in WiFi hotspot mode its possible but haven’t seen confirmation anywhere that several bluetooth connected PC’s could all share the same connection.

    Example: I have rooted Droid 1. I run Wireless Tether in bluetooth mode and can connect a Window7 laptop to the PAN and access the internet. Could I also throw a Xoom into the mix so that both the Xoom and Laptop are connected to the Droid simultaneously? Alternately, would someone like to lend me a xoom so I can test myself? 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I do not think it is possible to have two simultaneous Bluetooth connections going on a single device – I believe it is a 1-to-1 connection configuration. It seems like it would disconnect the first one when attempting to connect the second device for the same Bluetooth profile. I am only guessing and have not tried this out myself.

      Also, where do I know you from? Your name seems familiar.

      • Hello Mr. Wilkins. Thanks for the tip kind sir.

      • Jschan

        Actually, I just checked on my n900 after connecting both my thinkpad and my wifi xoom via bluetooth pan: the thinkpad connection is going to the normal bnep0 interface while the wifi xoom has connected to a new bnep1 interface. I was able to have both pick up ip addresses via dhcp, so I think it’s just a matter of configuration to have them both happily surfing at the same time. Unfortunately, lunch is getting cold, so I’m not going to take it much further myself just yet. I’ll definitely play with it more later.

      • Jschan

        Actually, I just checked on my n900 after connecting both my thinkpad and my wifi xoom via bluetooth pan: the thinkpad connection is going to the normal bnep0 interface while the wifi xoom has connected to a new bnep1 interface. I was able to have both pick up ip addresses via dhcp, so I think it’s just a matter of configuration to have them both happily surfing at the same time. Unfortunately, lunch is getting cold, so I’m not going to take it much further myself just yet. I’ll definitely play with it more later.

        • Jschan

          Yeah, tested it and worked just fine though I did have to create a different subnet for each new interface.

    • Anonymous

      I do not think it is possible to have two simultaneous Bluetooth connections going on a single device – I believe it is a 1-to-1 connection configuration. It seems like it would disconnect the first one when attempting to connect the second device for the same Bluetooth profile. I am only guessing and have not tried this out myself.

      Also, where do I know you from? Your name seems familiar.

  • Eric

    I was able to do this with my not rooted droid 2 to my ipad

    • Flyboyustabe

      My understanding is that all the Droids after the Droid 1 can do it without rooting. The original Droid has to be rooted to do it.

  • Flyboyustabe

    Doesn’t work for me. I get as far as “Paired but not connected” on both, turn on “BT tethering” and never get any “tether” option under the wrench. Useless.

  • Flyboyustabe

    Doesn’t work for me. I get as far as “Paired but not connected” on both, turn on “BT tethering” and never get any “tether” option under the wrench. Useless.

    • Flyboyustabe

      Edit: Lost root with OTA update, rooted again, set up pairing again, tried to tether again, and SUCCESS. I retract my “useless” remark. Thanks a lot for the good work!

  • Dpricepac

    No xoom yet, but root, tether, and flash 10.2 work great

  • Guest

    You don’t need to click on the wrench icon on the Xoom. Just clicking on Droid is enough and it will connect

  • Pete

    I was able to follow the steps above with the stock 2.2.1 rooted, but not with the 2.3.3 ROM provided by Pete.

    • k-tether

      I too was able to tether with stock 2.2.1 rooted, but after that with 2.2.3 by pete, it would see the option to tether but never connect to it. Have you figured it out, or got it to work. Is there another info spot on this issue somewhere else . And is there more having this problem.

      • Maddeath

        Its most likely a kernel issue. Pete’s kernels probably dont support it.

    • Dedren

      I use the 2.3.3 Gingerbread ROM by Pete too and was unable to get the Xoom to actually connect after clicking Tether.

      • PeterMansfield

        Any word on this? I love 2.3.3 and I don’t want to go back to froyo, but this is very important to me

  • diddy

    All the directons are true and correct, except one more thing needs to be said.That if you already have wireless tether working piror to usuing your xoom and it does not work on the xoom you need to unistall and reinstall it on your d1. it took a few frustating hours,but it WORKED AND AGAIN IT WORKED GOOD JOB YOU GUYS . DROOID

  • Onelegchair

    It won’t work for me the tether option doesn’t even show up on my Xoom. I’ve followed instructions exactly several times.

  • XoomXoom

    works like a charm! i have been trying to figure this out for days – thanks for the great article!

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  • jamjo

    i feel complete now. i no longer have to rush out to buy a new phone.

  • Good work figuring this one out. I didn’t think of trying this when I messed around with the Best Buy test model. When regular tether didn’t work, I got a little depressed that when I buy one without data I’d be stuck. Whew.

  • Good to know. I was getting a little depressed that when I buy one without data I’d be sorta stuck. Whew.

  • scott

    Closer but no success. I unpaired and re-paired, then I can see the Tether option. When I tap the Tether on my xoom, it says connecting for a few seconds and then goes back to the Tether option. It never gets a connection.
    Same as Aaron 2 hours ago.

    I am running GPA12 with a 1Ghz kernel. Rooted with Clockworks.

    • TMKvamme

      This is my problem as well. Have you found a solution yet?

  • Aaron

    This won’t work! Whenever I tap the “Tethering” button on my Xoom then it displays “Connecting” for a couple of seconds then goes back to the option of “Use for Internet access” and it won’t ever connect.. I followed the steps very closely and I didn’t do anything else.

    • Burningpoopprod

      Did you just root your Droid for this?

      If you rooted it with the provided tutorial, then go to your apps and select Superuser Premmissio… then once that boots up select allow for Wireless Tether.

      Hope that works, that’s what I got hung up on for a sec

  • Tirsun25

    there are another way to root the og droid 2.2.1???

    • Anonymous

      Should be.. I think EZ Root still works, but I’m not sure.

    • Anonymous

      Should be.. I think EZ Root still works, but I’m not sure.

  • Apfire21

    Does incredible work with bluetooth or can i use tethering after rooting? This will be the deciding factor in getting a xoom.

  • BigDaddyEllison

    or buy the Xoom with a data plan, pay $599 and be done with it. 3GB for $35 isn’t cheap, but no tethering via the phone is necessary which means I can be on the phone and look stuff up on my Xoom.

    • $35 for 3GB is insane. I refuse to pay it out of principle.

  • Deserteagle706

    What is the speed of the internet with bluetooth vs wifi? I would think that bluetooth would be slower. If anyone with a xoom and a droid could do a speed test, i am sure that would help out quite a few people.

  • Anonymous

    Any reason an unrooted Droid using PDA Net couldn’t do this?

    • Anonymous

      You can’t do this with PDANet. PDANet uses DUN, which the Xoom apparently doesn’t support.

  • Eric

    Which way would I go about tethering from my D Inc (As always no love for the D Inc)?

  • Beerfish666

    OK…this is getting more confusing! I’ve got an OG Droid, rooted, etc with Barnacle. My wife has had no problem connecting her netbook to it via wifi. I assumed it would work the same with a Xoom. In fact, thats how I planned on running my Xoom…Once I finally part with my $800 and buy it, that is. But if thats not gonna work, Im rethinking getting a Xoom….

  • In order to get this to work for me, I had to make sure to disable Access Control, which I had on for some reason.

  • Anonymous

    I just did this with a non-rooted DX and I am adding this comment on my Xoom. It’s supper simple.

  • Anonymous

    Simply amazing!! Last night I went to bed kinda disappointed that my og had finally failed and yet Kellex you posted this article and my who day has changed… now bluetooth tethering from my of droid to my xoom!!

    • Anonymous

      Glad we could help. 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Does this incur the monthly tethering charge from verizon?

        • Kevin

          Nope.

      • Anonymous

        Does this incur the monthly tethering charge from verizon?

      • Ztsere

        hi , can u do this with motorola xoom wifi

        • Guest

          That’s the point. And yes, I do tether my Xoom wifi with Bluetooth, both an OG Droid and an iPhone 3GS.

  • I tried this and in the XOOM I don’t see a “Tethering” option. Any reason why? I’m running Bugless Beast 0.6.2.1 FRG83D.

    • Anonymous

      Had the same problem unpair the device and leave the tether running and then re pair the device it worked for me that way.

      • So unpair and pair again while the Bluetooth tethering is on? I will try that when I’m off work.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve heard people say that you need Wireless Tether from the market, and not the version that many include in their ROMs.

  • Booboolala2000

    Wonder if this will work the same with my MacBook Pro? Gonna give it a try. I don’t need to teather my XOOM as it has 3g,.

  • Sesawyer3127

    Check this out for all you who rooted and want the LTE upgrade!

    https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/45865?tstart=0

  • Sparking22

    Awsome

  • Anonymous

    That kind of stinks, why can’t you use the WiFi tether? How does the speed compare to using WiFi?

  • Anonymous

    ahh yes. the og droid meets another moto google experience device.. match made in heaven, really!

    • Anonymous

      The only two Google Experience devices we’ll probably ever see from Moto right next to each other.

      • Booboolala2000

        It is still a shame that the DX wasn’t left stock and unlocked. Love mine but could have been sweeter.

      • Guest

        The DX does not have stock Google code (Google Experience device). Only the Xoom has stock Google code.

        • Guest

          *facepalm*

  • If only it was this easy for my rooted Nook Color to tether to my D1.

    • Pooch

      Why isn’t it? I have debated getting a Nook Color and rooting it.

      • It is actualy super easy if you are comfortable with ADB. I am not so I’m holding off. I wonder if it can just be done with Root Explorer. It is simply replacing a file and changing its permissions.

    • PyroHoltz

      I agree. You are aware there is a partial work around for tethering to the NC, right? I’ve linked below if not.

      http://nookdevs.com/NookColor_adhoc_wifi_access

      I only wish the solution above wasn’t somewhat finicky. I haven’t tried it yet, waiting for something a little more stable.