iPhone app Handy Light hides free tethering easter egg (network setup instructions)

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1220th Jul 2010News, , , , , ,

Apple may have already removed HandyLight from some countries, but for those lucky enough to download it, here’s how to set up the tethering.

Handy Light appeared to be a simply app that changes the screens colors. However, it actually held a rather genius boolean based easter egg that allows users to tether their data plan to a WIFI enabled device. We have confirmed that it works successfully on both Mac and PC systems. Apple has not yet remotely disabled the app, but there is a good chance that the system will be removed soon.

[Update] Apple has obviously removed the app, but supposedly you can download it still from AppCake. -Thanks to Reddit user EpicSun.

Please be advised, Play This and EFM do not condone participating in such activities and are not responsible if you ruin your computer, iPhone or network.

[Update] This form of tethering does not appear to work for the iPad.

Tethering the iPhone to a PC

  1. In Windows 7 or XP, go to Control Panel and open Network and Sharing Center
  2. Select “Manage wireless networks”
  3. Click “Add” and select “Create an ad hoc network”
  4. Enter in a Network name (make up one), choose your “Security type” (No authentication (Open) if you don’t want to bother with a password, or WEP if you want to specify a password)
  5. Connect the iPhone to the Ad Hoc network you created, assign it a static IP of 13.37.13.37 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
  6. In Windows 7 or XP, go back to “Network and Sharing Center” and click on the active Ad Hoc connection to bring up the Wireless Network Connection Status window
  7. Click on “Properties”, highlight “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then click “Properties”
  8. Select the “Alternate Configuration” tab and enter in an IP address of 13.37.13.38, Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0 and click OK. The address 13.37.13.37 should now be pingable from a command prompt.
  9. Open Firefox and goto “Tools” and then “Options”
  10. Select “Advanced” then “Network” and click on “Settings”
  11. Select “Manual proxy configuration” and enter in, SOCKS Host: 13.37.13.37, SOCKS Port: 1337, select SOCKS v4 and click OK
  12. In Firefox, type “about:config” in the address bar and click past the warning prompt
  13. Scroll down to “network.proxy.socks_remote_dns” and change this value to TRUE by clicking on it.
  14. Close Firefox
  15. Open HandyLight on your iPhone and press Blue, Yellow then Red. Finally press the top right corner and it will turn purple.
  16. Open Firefox again and you should now be able to browse

Tethering a Mac to the iPhone


In case you don’t want to watch the video, the instructions are as follows:

  1. Set up an ad hoc Wi-Fi network on your computer (network name and password requirement are not important).
  2. Connect to the Wi-Fi network you just created on your iPhone through the Settings/Wi-Fi menu.
  3. Tap on the blue arrow to the right of the selected Wi-Fi network, click Static in the IP Address menu and enter the following IP address and chuckle at its geek quotient: 13.37.13.37
  4. Next, enter 255.255.255.0 in the Subnet Mask field.
  5. Back out of the Settings menu to ensure these settings are saved (though hitting the Home button right away shouldn’t change them).
  6. Go to your Mac or PC and change the network settings to use the SOCKS Proxy and enter 13.37.13.37 as the Socks Proxy Server address and 1337 as the port. On our Mac laptop, this is what the resulting screen looks like: 
  7. Be sure to apply/save these settings.
  8. Go back to your iPhone and open the Handy Light app and tap the flashlight colors at the bottom in the following sequence: blue, yellow, red. Then tap the top right corner of the screen and the color should change to purple. Your iPhone is now capable of sharing its internet connection with the computer you set up.
  9. Leave the app open and go to your computer and start browsing. As the video describes, we found that it took a few seconds for the connection to kick in but then it worked like a charm. Though many variables affect network speed tests, a quick test using Speedtest.net yielded 3.92 Mb/s down and 0.38 Mb/s up while tethered to our iPhone 4 through Handy Light.

[Mac Tethering information]

12 Comments Comments Feed

  1. holyjesbusguy (July 21, 2010, 4:09 am). Reply

    Worked great! Thanks guys.

  2. holyjesbusguy (July 21, 2010, 4:09 am). Reply

    Worked great! Thanks guys.

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  8. Tom (August 14, 2010, 3:28 am). Reply

    Thanks for the advice. Will put it to work. Tom

  9. pen tablet guy (August 14, 2010, 4:18 pm). Reply

    thanks for sharing your excellent post,wish you have a great day.

  10. Kaylyn Trevino (July 26, 2011, 3:52 am). Reply

    Can’t find the airport on my laptop. I know it’s only for Mac and I have an hp smarttouch. So how do I edit my socks proxy?

  11. Priscilovsky 86 (April 3, 2012, 6:00 am). Reply

    I downloaded this application, but not working … it does not change color.

  12. Madmadona1 (August 7, 2012, 7:39 am). Reply

    This is a bad urban legened or joke. All this video were posted around the same time. Apple supposedly pulled this app for being a Trojan so no piracy laws apply to it so why has nobody pulled a copy from iTunes and upload it? All the ones out there are fakes!

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