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      Use iPhone's cellular connection over USB?

      I can get my XC40 to use my iPhone's data over either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, no problem -- my carrier supports tethering. Can't figure out how to use data if it's plugged into the top USB port. Is that even possible?

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      Do you have an iPhone? The top USB port with the white frame supports Apple Car Play. With Car Play you can use all kind of media apps on the iPhone like iTunes, Spotify, Waze, iMessage, phone, and others.

      https://www.volvocars.com/en-eg/supp...e-via-usb-port

      It might work with Android too. Not sure.
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      The first time using Car Play, you need to swipe right in the screen and enable it. The details are in the link above. Car Play is awesome
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      The question isn't about using CarPlay. It's how to get the various Sensus apps to use the iPhone's data over USB, instead of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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      I can not find anything that supports Sensus being able to use an iPhone hotspot via USB. WiFi and Bluetooth tethering works great.
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      OP, I'm not sure what your concern is with the "top port". Both can supply power to your iPhone, only the one with a white boarder will work with CarPlay. The USB ports don't have anything to do with data flow to Sensus if you're not using hardwired CarPlay. Without CarPlay, data access (along with voice) becomes available to Sensus and related apps only wirelessly like other vehicles I've owned, once your car has Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity to your iPhone. I'm not aware of any iPhone ability to connect generic data over its hardware lightning/USB port to something like Sensus, except for what Volvo implemented with CarPlay.

      If you are trying to provide access to your iPhone "data plan" to other devices in the car, you can do that by defining a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, and then just giving those WiFi credentials to other devices that connect to your iPhone directly. I don't see any reason to use the car's tethering option (if you even can) unless you have a separate data plan using the car's SIM (instead of your phone's data plan.)

      You likely need to explain more precisely what you're really trying to do with "data" for us to assist, as I think we may be going down a rabbit hole with all the possible permutations or getting hung up in semantics or technicalities. Give us a usage case and that may help get us moving along.
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