How to Take Your PS3 Online With Your Phone

By Darnell Clayton ; Updated September 15, 2017
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Connecting your PS3 (or PlayStation 3) online over your phone requires a PS3 model with a built-in wireless card (which is available for all models except the 20 GB version), as well as a smart phone with the ability to broadcast a Wi-Fi hot spot. Establishing a wireless hot spot with your smart phone requires the approval of your mobile wireless carrier and, depending upon your wireless carrier, may result in an increase of your phone bill.

Activating Hot Spot on Android

Press the "Home" button, then press the "Menu" button (the latter symbolized by a column of four lines). Next, tap on the "Settings" option (or app on some models).

Tap on the "Wireless & networks" menu option, then tap on the "Tethering & portable hotspot" section.

Tap on the box next to "Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot" (which will check-mark and activate Wi-Fi hot spot for your smart phone).

Activating Hot Spot on iPhone

Tap on the "Settings" app on your screen. If you are unable to locate the "Settings" app, press the physical "Home" button once, then wait three seconds before pressing the physical "Home" button again. Type "Settings" in the search field, then tap on the "Settings" app that is displayed within the search results.

Scroll down and tap on the "General" menu option, then tap on the "Network" option.

Tap on the "Personal Hotspot" menu option, then slide the gray "Off" button until it converts into a blue "On" button.

Tap on the "Wi-Fi and USB only" button, which will activate your personal hot spot on your smart phone.

Connecting PS3 to Your Phone

Verify that your PS3 is not connected to an Ethernet cable, then navigate and select the "Settings" option (which is symbolized by a briefcase).

Select the "Network Settings" (which is symbolized by a ball with lines on its circumference), then press the "X" button on your controller.

Select the "Internet Connection" option, press the "X" button on your controller, then select the "Enabled" option on your screen.

Select the "Internet Connection Settings" menu option, then press the "X" button on your controller. Select "Yes" on the next screen and press the "X" button on your controller again.

Select the "Easy" method, then press the "X" button on your controller. On the next screen select "Wireless," then press the "X" button on your controller again.

Select "Scan," then press the "X" button on your controller. Select your smart phone's hot spot (which is listed underneath the "SSID" section), then press the "X" on your controller. If you do not see your smart phone listed, verify that your smart phone is still broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal and that it is near your PS3.

Verify that your PS3 is able to see your smart phone on the next screen, then press the "right direction" button. On the next screen, underneath the "WLAN Security Section," select "None" if you did not create a security password to access your smart phone's Wi-Fi hot spot. If you did create a password, select the "WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK" option, then press the "X" button. Press the "X" button again, then type in the correct password in the "WPA Key" field using the onscreen keyboard.

Verify that your PS3 is configured to connect to your smart phone's Wi-Fi hot spot, then press the "X" button to save your settings. On the next screen test the connection between your PS3 device and smart phone by pressing the "X" button again. You will see a "Succeeded" next to the "Internet Connection" section, which will verify that your PS3 is connected to your smart phone's Wi-Fi hot spot.

About the Author

Darnell Clayton has been writing online for almost a decade and professionally for about five years. He has published articles on The Blog Herald, Blogging Pro, Apple Gazette and recently the Universe Today. Previously he has worked in both the information technology sector (as an IT supervisor) as well as in financial services (dealing mostly with insurance and investments).