Tether over USB or wifi??

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by nkaufman, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. nkaufman, Feb 3, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013

    macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Which is preferable - usb or wifi?

    With tether via usb it seems that battery life is prolonged but have to take phone out and step out for personal calls which kills internet connection.

    With wifi, can move upto 25-30 feet with no connection loss but battery gets drained.

    Anything else??
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2012
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
    Some other considerations:

    Tethering via Wi-Fi allows for multiple connections.
    Tethering via Bluetooth uses less phone battery power, and allows you to make/take phone calls (on some networks) but the data throughput is slower than Wi-Fi.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Nice point about multiple connections on wifi.

    Since I have ATT, I can make calls while tethering.

    Also, is there a way to confirm that while using USB tethering, the battery is not used but rather the power through the USB port is used? That would be helpful for extended periods of tethering.
  4. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    If you use usb tethering it will still charge the phone and tether.
    If you do wifi tethering for a while it will eventually eat up your battery unless you have it plugged in to an outlet.

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