One question that comes up a lot is how to wire an iPad or iPhone. This can be very beneficial to people who use Apple devices for their work (improved security and health outcomes). A few years ago, this process was complicated and rarely worked. However, in conversations with Apple employees and product users who have had recent success, it appears that Apple is making this much easier to accomplish – especially if you use their hardware and the newest OS.
At the bottom of this article, I also outline how to wire an Android device. Additionally, I have provided a video that demonstrates the process of wiring most mobile devices.
Here are the specific steps that successfully allowed one reader to wire her iPhone and iPad using an Ethernet connection:
Note: If the above Lightning to Ethernet Adapter breaks or doesn’t work properly, then this more expensive version from Apple is advised.
The key element here is that your iPad and iPhone must be up-top-date with the latest OS. Earlier OS’s will not connect to the Ethernet. When the you make this connection, Ethernet miraculously appears in the settings list for connections (see image below). Turn off Bluetooth and WiFi, put your device on Airplane Mode and you are connected. You will not receive calls, but you have full access to the internet.”
Another important thing to keep in mind is that the iPad requires an Ethernet to USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 adapter, while the iPhone requires an Ethernet to Lightning adapter. If you use the wrong one, the wired setup will not work.
I would add the following step to your setup to further reduce your EMF exposure:
As you can read in this article, reducing the EMI coming to your device from power supplies and modem/router is another important aspect of EMF reduction (the non-wireless part). To do this, use this Ethernet Ground Adapter between your modem/router and your iPhone/iPad (placed before the Lightning to Ethernet Adapter). You will need one extra shielded Cat-7 Ethernet cable as well. This step should significantly reduce the EMI coming to your iPad or iPhone, which you can confirm with your Electric Field meter.
The following video shows the steps seen above (without the EMI grounding part). Note: the process outlined above is now much more simple than what is seen in the following video. This is because the new Lightning to Ethernet adapter takes the place of the powered USB hub and the USB to Lightning/Thunderbolt adapter.
How to Wire an Android Device?
An electrically sensitive colleague recently shared how she uses her Android smart phone for emails when she is going through a time of heightened sensitivity. In the picture below, you can see her Samsung S3 that is connected to an external keyboard and mouse. The mouse cursor actually shows up and the smart phone acts like a small computer screen (which is much better than a normal computer screen for most ES people). She is able to compose her emails and do her writing on Airplane Mode. The messages then send once the phone is reconnected to the 3G/4G network (while she steps away from the phone). The USB attachment seen below can be found here. The low-EMI wired keyboard she uses can be purchased here. As outlined above, it is also possible to attach the device to the internet via Ethernet. For an Android smart phone, this simple USB-to-Ethernet adapter should be all that is needed. This makes it possible to use your Android device without any wireless connectivity, which is truly a low-EMF solution.
This article was updated December 2019.