How to Connect a Nintendo Wii to the Internet Through a Cell Phone

Use your cell phone for your Wii's Internet.

Your Nintendo Wii can connect to the Internet through any Wi-Fi or wireless signal in your home, business, or other location. With new technologies that allow cell phones to become Wi-Fi hotspots, or to transmit a wireless signal, you can use a cell phone to send a signal to your Wii for the Internet. You must have the right type of cell phone and cell phone plan to be able to provide the Internet to your other devices.

Step 1

Purchase the correct type of cell phone from your cell phone provider. Only the newest makes and models, like the iPhone 4G, Verizon Droid, or other newer models can become a Wi-Fi hotspot. Ask before you purchase a phone, because only a few providers and phones can do this.

Step 2

Sign up for the correct type of cellphone service. You will need to have a 3G or 4G network. Some providers will have different names for the network or set up that you need to have. So, ask about providing an Internet hotspot, and make sure that both your phone and your service will work to provide Internet hotspots.

Step 3

Download a program or application, if needed, to your phone so it can become a Wi-Fi hotspot. Many phones require this type of application, but some, like the iPhone, have the ability from the factory.

Step 4

Turn on your phone and turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot, if needed.

Step 5

Turn on your Wii and click the "Wii Home" button on the lower right hand side of your screen. Choose "Internet Connections"

Step 6

Click "Add a new connection" and wait for the Wii to discover the Wi-Fi put out by your phone. Click on that connection and choose "Connect."


Data transfer fees, minutes usages, or other access fees will probably apply. Ask your provider for details regarding your cell phone plan and whether or not it costs anything to access the Internet.