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bt-tether is a small script that enables your Jolla Phone to share its mobile internet connection over PAN Bluetooth Tethering. I could not find any software that did that realiably on up-to-date SailfishOS so I tried my hand at it.

It is quite experimental and a little hacky. It’s only been tested on my Jolla Phone 1 in developer mode. I’m distributing it here without any warranty, however I’d be glad to receive feedback, bug reports and pull requests; I’ll do my best to improve it.

How to use:

  • Download and install the package
  • Pair your device with the phone (do it again if it was already paired before bt-tether was installed).
  • On your device, request network from the phone in some Bluetooth menu.
  • Voilà!

The README file contains more information and notes.

Sadly I’m pretty sure this software won’t work with Xperia X phones or any phone that uses Bluez version 5.

I hope bt-tether will work well for you! You can use bt-tether’s GitHub page for bug reports and pull requests.

Application versions: 
File bt-tether-0.1-1.armv7hl.rpm10.02 KB


olf's picture

@jfarnaud, did Bluetooth PAN Tool not work on your Jolla 1 phone?
I have to admit, last using it was under SFOS 2.1.3 or so, but when I did it was working well.

Side note: In the past, its author @kenya888 was quite responsive, so if you have issues with his tool or want to provide enhancements for it, it may be worth asking.
It has a minimalistic GUI (well, launcher icon), but AFAICS lacks a public source repository and a comprehensive description as you provide for bt-tether on Github. On first sight it appears to make sense to combine your efforts.

jfarnaud's picture

As far as I can tell, Bluetooth PAN Tool does the opposite of bt-tether. It says in the description: “This is a tool helps jolla phone/tablet connecting to bluetooth router”.

My goal was to use my mobile internet connected Jolla Phone as a bluetooth router for my tablet and laptop.

There was an app on the Jolla Store that did the same thing as bt-tether but sadly the method it used was somehow rendered inoperant a few years ago by SailfishOS.

Anyways thank you for your comment, I realized the description wasn’t clear enough and I’ll rewrite it.