How to Extend T-Mobile’s Free Gogo wifi to a Laptop

T-Mobile users get one free hour of Gogo wifi on all flights.
If you pay a little more to upgrade to “T-Mobile One Plus” you get unlimited Gogo access.

In either case, that wifi is only available on your T-Mobile device. If you were thinking you’d be able to use your laptop without paying…you’d be wrong. The Gogo wifi gateway won’t even display the T-Mobile branding/login if you’re on a laptop.

The good news is that it’s possible to connect to the free wifi from your phone and then use Bluetooth tethering to share it with your laptop (or tablet, etc).

Here’s how you do it with Android and Windows 10.

I haven’t had an iPhone in years, but I’m sure the process is similar.

On your phone:
Go to Settings. Under “Wireless & networks” select “More”.
Tap “Tethering & portable hotspot”.
Ensure that Bluetooth tethering is ENABLED.
Go back to Settings. Tap “Bluetooth” to make your phone visible for pairing.

On Windows 10:
Go to Settings. (Not Control Panel).
Go to Devices.
Enable Bluetooth if it’s not already.
Click “Add Bluetooth or other device”
Click “Bluetooth”
Your phone will be found, so pair it.

Setup is complete. You shouldn’t have to do any of the above steps ever again.

Now here’s how to connect!

On Windows 10:
Open Control Panel (Not Settings).
Click “Network and Internet”, then “Network and Sharing Center”, then “Change adapter settings”.
Right-click on your wifi device to disable it. (Windows will favor wifi, and leaving this on will only send you to the Gogo gateway.)
Bluetooth should be enabled but also “Not connected” with a red X.

On your phone:
Visit the Gogo portal, and jump through whatever hoops they ask to enable your free wifi. Once you’ve confirmed you’ve got internet access, proceed!
Go to Settings. Under “Wireless & networks” select “More”.
Tap “Tethering & portable hotspot”.
Enable “Bluetooth tethering”.

On Windows 10:
A new window should pop up. If it doesn’t, go to Control Panel, “Hardware and Sound”, “Devices and Printers”.
You’ll see your phone in the list of “Devices”.
Right-click your phone, select “Connect using”, “Access point”

You’re done! Enjoy free wifi on your laptop for an hour! Or for the whole flight!

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