How to Fix Issues with the TP-Link Tether App

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to fix issues with the TP-Link Tether app if it's not working as intended.

1 OS Choice

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen

? What type of mobile device do you have?

  1. Android
  2. iOS

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to fix issues with the TP-Link Tether app if it's not working as intended.

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your smartphone or tablet has.

There are 2 main Operating Systems for smartphones currently available, Android and iOS.

Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.

To Check If Your Android Mobile Device Is Connected to Wi-Fi

  1. Open Settings on your phone or tablet.
    Android Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned On. The Wi-Fi network that you are connected to will say Connected under its name.
    Wi-Fi settings with Wi-Fi On switch and connected network highlighted.
To better assist you, please answer this question.
  1. Press the power button on the side of the range extender and make sure the indicator lights on the front turn off.
    Power button highlighted on side of TP-Link range extender.
  2. Wait ten seconds.
    Wait 10 Seconds
  3. Press the power button again and make sure the power light on the front turns on.
    Power light highlighted on front of TP-Link range extender.
  4. Wait one minute for the range extender to start back up fully.
    Wait 60 Seconds
  1. Tap Recent Apps at the bottom of the screen.
    Home screen with the Recent Apps button highlighted.

    The Recent Apps button may be located on either the bottom left or bottom right as either an onscreen button or a physical button. If you're unsure which button it is, please refer to the user manual of your android device.

  2. Either tap the X or swipe to the side to close an app.
    Recent Apps screen with arrows indicating to swipe to the right on an app to close it.
  1. Hold down the power button on your Android device.
    Android Phone with power button highlighted.
    Depending on the manufacturer and model of Android device you have, the location of the power button will vary.
  2. Select Power Off.
    Power menu with Power off highlighted.
    If the menu does not pop up, continue to hold the power button, and your Android device will shut off.
  3. Wait 30 seconds.
    Wait 30 Seconds
  4. Push and hold the Power button for a few moments, and your Android device will start back up.
    Android Phone with power button highlighted.
  1. Open the Play Store.
    Play Store.
  2. At the top, choose the three bars on the left of the search line.
    Menu option highlighted in Google Play.
  3. Choose My apps & games at the top.
    My app & games option highlighted in Play Store menu.
  4. Choose Update All.
    Update All option highlighted in Play Store Updates.
  1. Open Apps on your Android device.
    Android Apps.
  2. Look for the TP-Link Tether app.
    TP-Link Tether
  3. Tap and hold the app's icon until you see the Uninstall option show up at the top side of the screen.
    Uninstall option highlighted on Android screen.
  4. Drag the icon over the Uninstall option until the icon turns red and release it.
    App icon turned red when dragged over the Uninstall option.
  5. You will be asked whether you want to uninstall the app. Tap OK to confirm.
    OK option highlighted on app uninstall confirmation prompt.
  1. Launch the Play Store on your smartphone.
    Google Play Store.
  2. Select the search bar at the top.
    Google Play Store with Search highlighted.
  3. Type in TP-Link Tether, then select TP-Link Tether from the list.
    Play Store search with TP-Link Tether highlighted.
  4. Select Install.
    TP-Link Tether Play Store page with Install highlighted.

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar across all Android devices and generations.

  1. Open Settings.
    Android Settings
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    Wi-Fi
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is set to On at the top.
    Wi-Fi with On toggle highlighted.
  4. Your Android device will automatically connect to the network if there is no security enabled, or you have connected to it in the past. The Wi-Fi network name will show Connected underneath.
    Wi-Fi connected
To Connect to a New Network

If you're connecting to a particular Wi-Fi network for the first time:

  1. Select the connection from the list.
    Wi-Fi settings with Connection Highlighted.
  2. Enter the password for the network, then select Connect.
    Wi-Fi password prompt with password entry and Connect highlighted.
To Connect to a Hidden Network

If the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to is a hidden network, it won't appear in the list of available networks. However, if you know the network's exact name and password, it can be added manually.

  1. Select Add network.
    Wi-Fi settings with Add network highlighted.
  2. Enter the Network Name (also called the SSID) you wish to connect to, the type of Security it uses (usually WPA2), and the Password for the network, then select Save.
    Add Network with Network Name, Security type, Password, and Save highlighted.

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

To Check If Your iOS Mobile Device Is Connected to Wi-Fi

  1. From the main screen of your device, look for and open Settings.
    iOS Settings icon.
  2. With Settings open, look for the Wi-Fi field. This field will display the current Wi-Fi status on the right hand side:
      • Off - the Wi-Fi antenna is currently disabled.
      • Not Connected - Wi-Fi is turned on, but your device is not currently connected to a network.
      • Wi-Fi network name - Wi-Fi is turned on, and the network name displayed is the network your device is currently connected to.
    Wi-Fi highlighted in iOS settings.
  3. You can also tap on the Wi-Fi field and make sure the Wi-Fi switch is in the On position. The switch should be green in color and will display the network that you are currently connected to directly beneath it with a check mark to the left.
    iOS Wi-Fi menu highlighting the Wi-Fi switch and the currently connected network.
To better assist you, please answer this question.
  1. Press the power button on the side of the range extender and make sure the indicator lights on the front turn off.
    Power button highlighted on side of TP-Link range extender.
  2. Wait ten seconds.
    Wait 10 Seconds
  3. Press the power button again and make sure the power light on the front turns on.
    Power light highlighted on front of TP-Link range extender.
  4. Wait one minute for the range extender to start back up fully.
    Wait 60 Seconds

The way to show all running apps on an iOS device varies with the model you have:

  • Older iOS devices, up to the iPhone X, still come equipped with a circular home button beneath the screen.
  • Newer iOS devices, beginning with the iPhone X, no longer come equipped with the circular home button beneath the screen.

On iOS Devices with a Home Button

  1. Double-press the Home button quickly.
    Home button highlighted on iOS device.

On iOS Devices Without a Home Button

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause slightly in the middle of the screen.
    Arrow showing slide direction on iOS screen.
  1. You will now see a list of apps that are currently open. Swipe up on any of the apps to close them.
    Recent programs screen with arrows indicating to swipe up on an app

Powering off an iPhone.

  1. Hold down the lock / power button.
  2. Slide to power off when prompted.
  3. Wait until the phone is off.
  4. Hold down the lock / power button until you see the Apple logo.
  1. When an update is available the App Store will show a red circle next to it. Open the App Store.
    App Store highlighted on iOS screen.
  2. Choose Updates at the bottom, then choose Update All on the top-right.
    Updates and Update All options highlighted in iOS Updates.
  1. On the main screen of your iOS device, look for the TP-Link Tether app.
    TP-Link Tether
  2. Tap and hold the icon until an X shows up on its top left corner. Tap the X.
    Removal option highlighted on mobile app icon.
  3. You will be asked whether you want to delete the app. Tap Delete to confirm.
    Delete option highlighted on app uninstall confirmation prompt.
  1. Open the App Store.
    iOS App Store
  2. Select Search in the bottom right corner.
    Apple App Store navigation bar with Search highlighted.
  3. Type in TP-Link Tether, and select Get for TP-Link Tether.
    App store search with Get highlighted.
  4. Select Get for TP-Link Tether.
    App Store TP-Link page with Get highlighted.

Depending on what iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Select Wi-Fi.
    iOS Wi-Fi

    Next to the icon you will see one of following statuses:

    • Off - Wi-Fi feature is disabled
    • Not Connected - Wi-Fi connection is not established
    • [Network Name] - Wi-Fi connection is established
  3. Make sure that the Wi-Fi feature is enabled by flipping the toggle switch to the On position.
    Wi-Fi toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.
  4. Your iOS device will automatically connect to the closest network you have connected to it in the past. The checkmark indicates you are connected.
    Checkmark highlighted next to Wi-Fi network name in iOS settings.
To Connect to a New Network

If you're connecting to a Wi-Fi network for the first time:

  1. Select the Network Name from the list.
    Wi-Fi networks highlighted in iOS settings.
  2. Enter the Password if required then select Join.
    Wi-Fi Password field and Join button highlighted in iOS settings.
To Connect to a Hidden Network

If the Wi-Fi network you wish to connect to is hidden, it won't appear in the list of available networks. However, if you know the network's exact name and password, it can be added manually.

  1. Select Other...
    Other highlighted in Wi-Fi network list of iOS settings.
  2. Enter the Network Name, choose the Security type, enter the Password then select Join.
    Network Name, Security type, Password fields and Join button highlighted in Wi-Fi connection of iOS settings.
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