I’ve had more than a few friends ask how to get Internet Sharing to work on their unlocked Nokia Lumia 920. For the record, this should work on other Lumia models like the 820, 620, and even 520. Although I don’t have those devices so I can’t confirm it.
If you’ve purchased your Lumia 920 outright from a carrier like Rogers or AT&T, but you don’t actually use that carrier for your cellular service, then you’re going to notice that there are some issues in getting Internet Sharing to function correctly. Don’t worry, there is a way to get this working and it’s surprisingly easy to do – once you know the steps.
If you haven’t done so already, you will need to get your phone SIM unlocked. If you’re not sure if the phone is SIM unlocked, then easiest way to tell is to insert a SIM card from another carrier and then reboot the phone. If the phone is SIM locked, you will see an error on startup that the SIM inserted is not valid. If the phone doesn’t give you an error and connects to the cellular network, then it’s SIM unlocked. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get started with how to get Internet Sharing to work.
The first thing you need to do is open the Store and download “access point”. This is a Nokia app. Don’t worry if you can’t find it, just open the following link on your phone: http://mbjw.ca/1bFF1W9 or simply scan this QR Code using Bing Search on your phone:
Note: Once access point has installed, you won’t find it in the list of installed applications. Access point installs into the settings menu. But don’t go and launch it just yet!
The next thing you need to do is open Settings / Cellular and remove any APN or MMS settings that you have set. This is a place where people run into problems – clear out any data settings listed on cellular and then restart the phone. Once again, clear these settings out. (Have I stressed that enough?)
Once you’ve removed the existing cellular settings and restarted the phone, launch the access point app found under Settings \ Access Point. You should now be looking at a list of cellular providers associated with your SIM. So, if you’re on Bell, you will see Bell and Virgin. If you’re on Rogers, you would see Rogers, Fido, and maybe Chattr. Tap on the cellular provider that you’re using. The access point app will then automatically configure all the required settings on your phone to take advantage of your carriers network. You should see the “inactive” label under the carrier name switch to “active”.
Before you do anything else, restart your phone. This will ensure that the cellular settings take effect. Once the phone starts up, you should be on the cellular network and using data. Test this out by opening up a site in IE and making sure it loads without problems. Once you have confirmed that data is working, jump over to Settings \ Internet Sharing and enable internet sharing. If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you should be good to start sharing!