How-To: Tether Your BlackBerry to Your Mac

Blackberry 8800

One of the big, new features of the iPhone is its ability to tether. BlackBerrys have had this ability for a while, so below I have outlined how to tether your BlackBerry with your Mac to use your Internet connection to browse the web with your computer.

Some Things to Note

  • This tutorial is for Leopard.
  • I have successfully tested this with a BlackBerry Bold and a BlackBerry Curve 8900 using the 8800 modem drivers, but it should also work with the BlackBerry 8100, 8700 and 8800.
  • Some service providers have a special tethering plan that you may need to add to your cell phone. (It will work without the tethering packing, but you might get slammed with overage charges if they catch you.)

Configure Your BlackBerry

  1. Open “Manage Connections.”
  2. Click the checkbox next to “Bluetooth” to turn Bluetooth on.
  3. Scroll down to “Set up Bluetooth.”
  4. A pop-up will come up to name your device; name it.
  5. An “Add Device” pop up will come up; click “Cancel.”
  6. Click the BlackBerry menu; select “Options.”
  7. Set Discoverable to “Yes.”
  8. Save changes.

Configure Your Mac

  1. Download & Install BlackBerry modem scripts for OS X.
  2. Go to System Preferences ? Bluetooth.
  3. Check “Show Bluetooth status in the menu bar.”
  4. Click on the menu bar item and select “Set up Bluetooth Device.”
  5. A pop-up will appear; click “Continue.”
  6. Select “Mobile phone” as the type of device.
  7. When the computer finds your phone, select it and click “Continue.”
  8. You’ll be given a passkey. Enter the passkey into your BlackBerry.
  9. After successfully pairing your computer with your BlackBerry, you will get a pop-up that asks, “Accept connection request from (your computer)?” Click the checkbox “Don’t ask again” and select “Yes.”
  10. Your computer will now ask, “Access the Internet with your phone’s data connection?” Click the check box, and select “Continue.”
    access internet with data connection
  11. Enter the following information into the appropriate boxes. (This is for AT&T. Do a Google search for other vendors.):
  12. Save and close.
  13. Now open up network preferences: Applications ? System preferences ? Network
  14. Click the Plus Button.
    • Interface: Bluetooth
    • Service Name: Whatever you want, I named it “Tethered BB”
  15. Enter in all the information again:


  16. Click “Advanced:”
    • Vendor: Research In Motion
    • Model: BlackBerry 8800
    • Dial mode: Ignore dial tone when dialing

    tetherbbadvanced settings

  17. Save Settings.

Connect to the Internet

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both you phone and your computer!

  1. Click the Dialer icon in your menu bar.
  2. Select Connect Tethered BB (or whatever you named your connection in step 14 of setting up your computer) from the drop-down menu.
  3. After a few seconds you should be connected!