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As a web developer, connecting my laptop computer to the internet via bluetooth with my iphone is something I do several times a day. Is there an easy way to do this in Windows 8 that I'm missing? It seems like the sort of thing that would be perfect in the charms menu somehow.

After it is paired, currently I:

  1. Go to control panel
  2. Search for "Devices and Printers"
  3. Click on the iPhone icon
  4. Click on "Connect Using"
  5. Click on "Access Point"

I have pinned "Devices and Printers" to the task bar, but this doesn't survive OS restarts, which is annoying. Also it seems like an ugly way to do it.

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To extend this a little: Are you using the 3G/4G data connection when you tether it via BlueTooth? Or does the BlueTooth allow tethering via a WiFi connection? – Big Chris Jun 30 '14 at 16:06
You are asking Henry Ford about Electronic Fuel Injection. Such things did not exist in 2012. – Daniel Alexiuc Jun 30 '14 at 23:11
Lol... What I was going to ask next is, rather than tethering using BlueTooth, why don't you just turn on your wifi hotspot on your iPhone? The moment this turns on (and you've already got the profile on your computer) your computer will connect to it with no intervention... – Big Chris Jul 1 '14 at 7:06
The same reason they didn't put EFI on the model T. It didn't exist yet. – Daniel Alexiuc Jul 1 '14 at 13:39
I'm on windows 8.1 and it only offers me a direct PAN connection. What do I need to do to get the access point option? – CoDEmanX Aug 18 '14 at 17:40
up vote 7 down vote accepted

In "Devices and Printers", right-click the iPhone and select "Create Shortcut". It should create the shortcut on your desktop.

You can right-click it and connect via that shortcut.

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