iPhone 5S tethering

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Which uses less battery for tethering?

  1. Wifi

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. Bluetooth

    3 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. BSDanalyst, Nov 19, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2013

    BSDanalyst macrumors regular

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    #1
    Quick question: Is it more battery efficient to tether your iPhone to say an iPad over Wifi (1 device) or Bluetooth 4.0?

    Thanks and a source could be appreciated.

    Edit: for both devices
     
  2. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

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    Bluetooth probably uses a little bit less juice but connection speeds will be slower too.
     
  3. BSDanalyst thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems that bluetooth 4.0 is fast enough and uses less battery than wifi.
     
  4. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    #4

    I'm a bit confused about the tethering that you're talking about. The BT option is pretty straightforward, but WiFi? Do you mean enabling tethering on another device (e.g. iPad) and have the iPhone connect to that for it's data?

    To answer your question, I agree with previous posters that BT (4.0) probably uses less battery. How much less? No idea.
     
  5. kave macrumors regular

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    I would suggest use WiFi.

    I just tried on my iPhone 5S and I got 90kb/s downloading from apple using Bluetooth pairing.
    Using WiFi sharing I got 3MB/s.

    I used a MacBook Air 2013.
     

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