How To: Use FaceTime without WiFi (sort of) - Macenstein

How To: Use FaceTime without WiFi (sort of)

The braniacs over at DeviceKnit Blog have come up with a pretty clever work around for using FaceTime on the road when you’re away from WiFi. The catch? You need to create your OWN WiFi using your iPhone 4, a laptop, and your $15 a month tethering plan. You have all those things, right? Then read on!

Turn on tethering in Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering on your iPhone 4 and connect it via USB. You’ll see a new “iPhone USB” connection option pop up in the Network preference pane in System Preferences:

Go to the Sharing preference pane, and turn on Internet Sharing to share your USB connection over WiFi/AirPort:

Now, connect to the network you just created with your iPhone, and you can FaceTime all you want. Hopefully when there’s a jailbreak for the iPhone 4 the laptop and tethering won’t be needed anymore. Enjoy!

So in effect you are using your iPhone to create a WiFi network which you then connect to… It’s a real “Why didn’t I think of that?” moment, except I know exactly why I didn’t think of it… I have no tethering plan, no one to talk to via FaceTime except that one Apple rep, and I’m not smart enough to think of it. Still, if you are someone who likes to LOOK at the person you’re talking to (hopefully not while driving) give it a try and let us know how it works.

Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Jeff for the tip!

One Response to “How To: Use FaceTime without WiFi (sort of)”
  1. ObamaPacman says:

    Universe collapses itself due to creation of another infinite loop. =p

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