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I am sharing internet from my MAC-mini and instead of WiFi sharing I am doing it using Bluetooth. (WiFi hardware isn't working actually). It is being shared perfectly.

Now I wanna receive the shared internet on my Nokia Lumia 520 running on windows 8.1. I know it was possible in Symbian devices also, so expecting it on windows phone as well.

How would I be able to access internet?

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Windows Phone doesn't support sharing its connection over Bluetooth, nor connecting to the Internet via a Bluetooth connection.

The closest that is achievable, is that Internet sharing can be started from paired Bluetooth device, and on Windows 8.1, this will show the hotspot as an available WiFi network - this still works as a WiFi network though, so in your case, with the faulty WiFi hardware, it won't work for you.

Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 (currently only available to people participating in the developer preview programme) is set to allow Internet Sharing over Bluetooth.

As you were using the developer preview programme when this question was asked, it should just be a case of getting the phone to check for updates, if it hasn't already detected them, and you'll see a new drop down to select how to share your phone's internet connection.

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hmm.. nothing can be done. Anyways thnaks. – vaibhav Jun 17 '14 at 11:40
@RowlandShaw internet sharing over Bluetooth is now available.… – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 5 '14 at 0:09

So you've Enabled Internet sharing from your windows phone using Bluetooth. You have also paired with your laptop.

But, still, no internet. Why not? Have you connected via the Access Point? When you pair over Bluetooth, you create a "point of access" to use the internet of your windows phone.

Here's how:

If you have the bluetooth icon in your taskbar at the bottom right of your screen, skip to the next step. If not, you need to enable it to gain access to your computers bluetooth menu.

Go to Settings on your PC. Go to Devices. Go to Bluetooth. See "More bluetooth options" under related settings. Open this and make sure "Show the bluetooth icon in the notification area" (which is the bottom right part of your taskbar that we talked about earlier) is ticked so you can now access it FROM your taskbar.

Click the bluetooth icon (or reveal it first from the hidden icons shortcut up arrow) and go to join a personal area network.

You should see your windows phone there. Right click -> Connect using -> Access point.


If it is not working its probably because your phone's internet network is too slow - reason being is that when I was connected on 2G, I had no internet access until I had 3G signal. Open your Network and Sharing centre to confirm whether the network you are now connected to has internet connection or not.

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