Windows Phone 8 and Surface Bluetooth pairing

Improved Internet Sharing in Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 Update

Today Microsoft released a preview version of the Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 Update which includes some new features like support for better hardware, higher resolution screens, driving mode, screen rotation lock and more. But the best feature for me is the improved internet sharing. Since Windows Phone 7 you could use your Windows Phone to create a Wi-Fi hotspot so you could connect with your tablet or laptop to get internet access. Nothing special, iPhone and Android phones can do the same thing.

Now I am a lot on the road and I use this feature a lot, but the problem was I always had to first take my phone out, enable internet sharing and after that connect with my tablet to the hotspot. With the GDR 3 Update for Windows Phone this has changed. I can now connect with my Windows 8.1 device to the hotspot even, the hotspot is not enabled. This will automatically enable the hotspot and connect my tablet to it.

You can now simply pair your Windows Phone with your Windows 8.1 device via Bluetooth and after that you can make use of this feature.

1. First enable Bluetooth on your Windows Phone and on your Windows 8.1 device. In my case I used my Surface Pro with Windows 8.1.

2. Pair your Windows Phone and your Surface

Windows Phone 8 and Surface Bluetooth pairing

Windows Phone 8 and Surface Bluetooth pairing

3. Now you can see your Windows phone hotspot even it is turn off. By clicking on it the hotspot will be enabled and your device will connect to your hotspot.

Windows Phone 8 and Surface Bluetooth pairing

This is just perfect for us road warriors 🙂 Now I can leave my phone in my bag and just take my Surface out and do some work.