How to tether from your BlackBerry Z10

How to Stephen Tenerowicz 19:13, Mar 29 2013

We show you how to tether on your BlackBerry Z10 like a real pro

As someone who is on the internet constantly, I can honestly say I tether all the time. Whether it's tethering to my smartphone via USB or over Wi-Fi, I am usually doing it daily. You too can tether on your all-new BlackBerry Z10,

Now if you're scratching your head right now because you don't know what tethering exactly is, have no fear. Tethering is a feature that lets you share the internet connection on your smartphone or phablet with a PC, Mac, or Tablet.

While there are a number of reasons you might want to tether your computer or tablet to your smartphone, the main reason is really to go online on the go.

Anyway, to tether from your BlackBerry Z10 with your computer or tablet, follow our guide below. The first section will show you how to tether via a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

  1. From the home screen, select Settings.
  2. Next, select Network Connections.
  3. After selecting it, tap Mobile Hotspot.
  4. Next, tap Tethering and Portable hotspot. Then hit Next.
  5. Now, select Password. Enter a password for your hotspot and a name.
  6. Now tap Save and the hotspot will become active.
  7. Connect to the hotspot using your PC, Mac, or iPad.

To tether your BlackBerry Z10 to your computer or tablet via usb, follow this other guide.

  1. Plug you USB cable into your Z10 and connect it to your PC.
  2. From the Z10 home screen, select Settings.
  3. After selecting it, tap Network Connections.
  4. Next, tap USB Tethering. This takes you to a tethering menu.
  5. Now, select USB Tethering and your Z10 will share its internet conection with your computer.
  6. You should now be able to surf the web.

All in all, the Z10 is pretty great with some awesome features like tethering that might make it worth your while. If you're someone who loves taking photos, videos, surfing the web and more, the Z10 might really be the phone for you. In our review of Z10, we said:

"The app selection in the BlackBerry World is really lacking. Sure, it will          have 100,000 apps by the time the BlackBerry Z10 launches [but] many of these aren't built specifically for BlackBerry 10 and it shows. Some apps have been ported from Android or use wildly different design approaches but the problem is that a lot just aren't that good.

I also can't find the apps that I love to use on a daily basis, including Chase, Instagram, Pandora, Spotify, Flipboard, Google services, Netflix and no Stitcher. You can find alternatives in the store but I've found that some of these aren't as good as what I'm used to. One podcast-streaming app I use gave me the maddening "feature" of automatically stopping every five minutes, so I had to constantly pull it out of my pocket, unlock the device and hit the play button on the app.

To be fair, we're starting to see some big-name apps come into the the BlackBerry World, as you can get Angry Birds Space, eBay, Skype, WhatsApp, USA Today and others. BlackBerry is doing a good job galvanizing developers and if the BlackBerry Z10 is a success, you can expect more developers to bring their apps over.

The BlackBerry World does have a solid selection of music and videos, though and there will be carrier billing for simple purchasing. Long-time BlackBerry fans will be happy to know that you can finally download and install apps on the BlackBerry Z10 without having to restart it. Yes, there are many existing BlackBerry users who have to restart their phones after installing a new app. Yeesh.

The BlackBerry 10 platform is a clean break from the past but it still faces the challenges you'd expect from a new OS: it lacks polish and app support is not close to what you can find on the competition. BlackBerry 10 does some things very well but I'm not sure if that's enough to overcome it's shortcomings."

The BlackBerry 10 platform is a clean break from the past but it still faces the challenges you'd expect from a new OS: It lacks polish and app support is not close to what you can find on the competition. BlackBerry 10 do

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