This quick guide shows you how to use your phone and its cellular plan to connect other devices to the Internet. Apple makes it easy to share your data and internet connection with friends or family when you’re away from your home network using the hotspot feature built into iOS. If you want to set up an iPhone hotspot to share your internet connection or your current personal hotspot is not working.
Before setting up an iPhone hotspot, it’s worth remembering that your mobile phone plan from your provider will need enough data to meet your needs. Remember, if you’re not careful, if you let people connect to your personal hotspot, it could cost you a fortune in extra data charges.
Setting up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone is easier than ever with Apple’s latest iOS mobile operating system, which allows you to share your cellular data connection with your iPad, MacBook, or friends and family’s devices. This is useful when you don’t have access to a wireless network but your phone is still connected to 5G or 4G cellular networks.
One hotspot setting of your iPhone will be password protected, preventing unwanted third parties from using your data and precious 5G bandwidth. Most phone network providers offer pretty substantial data packages with iPhone contracts, though it’s worth checking with your provider how much data you’ve included before you start streaming movies and media from services like Netflix, Apple TV, and more, as you may be . charged extra. If your iPhone is running iOS 13 or later, those devices that you allow to connect to your iPhone will continue to receive services even when your phone’s screen is locked. Follow the instructions below to set up iPhone Personal Hotspot.
Set up a secure iPhone hotspot
1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
2a. Choose Personal Hotspot from the menu or Cellular then Personal Hotspot on older iPhones.
2b. If you don’t see the Personal Hotspot option listed, you may need to contact your network provider to make sure your plan allows you to use your data through this method.
3. Slide the “Allow others to join” switch to green to allow others to connect to your hotspot.
4. Provide them with the WiFi password shown below the switch. Or use this to connect your iPad, MacBook or computer to your personal hotspot.
5. Follow the instructions at the bottom of the Personal Hotspot page to connect other devices to your iPhone using a WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB cable.
Once a device connects to your hotspot, the status bar turns blue and shows how many devices are currently using your iPhone to connect to the internet. If you want to prevent everyone from connecting through your iPhone when your data runs out, just go to the Settings app and turn the “Allow others to join” checkbox to Off (the green light is not shown).
The number of devices that can be connected to your phone depends on your network operator and the model of your iPhone. Also, it’s worth remembering that when you have devices connected to your hotspot, you can only connect to the Internet from your iPhone using 5G or 4G and not another wireless network.
Three Ways to Connect to a Personal Hotspot
If your iPhone’s hotspot isn’t working properly, make sure your passcode contains only English letters, numbers, and standard characters. Then try the methods below to connect your computer, iPad, or friends phone.
1. Go to “Wireless & Networks” on your MacBook, iPad or iPhone and select the personal hotspot you want to connect to as above. “Jules iPhone” is the name of my access point, yours will be written here.
2. When prompted, enter the password for this iPhone hotspot from the host phone.
1. Make sure your iPhone is discoverable via Bluetooth and turned on in the Settings app.
2. On your computer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set up a new Bluetooth connection and select an iPhone hotspot.
If you want to connect your device directly to your iPhone with a cable, please make sure your laptop or computer has the latest version of iTunes, and then connect your iPhone or iPad directly to that computer with a USB data/charge cable. Once connected, a popup window will appear asking “Do you trust this computer?” just click “Trust” to accept the connection.
Family Connections to Your Personal iPhone Hotspot
If you have family members, they will regularly use your hotspot while you are away from your home wireless network. You can set up Family Sharing to have your family members automatically connect to your device without having to enter a password. To do this, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot, select Family Sharing, and turn the setting on. For each family member, you can set them to “Auto Connect” or “Request Approval” every time they try.
iPhone hotspot not working?
If you’ve tried the methods above and your hotspot is still not working, it might be because you changed your iPhone’s hotspot password. Apple will automatically generate a random passcode for your hotspot, which will definitely work when you turn it on, however you may have accidentally added an unsupported character from your iPhone keyboard if you’ve ever changed your passcode.
If you want to change the access point password to one of your choice, just follow the link.
1. Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot on newer iPhones.
2. Then choose a WiFi password.
3. Create a new password that is at least eight characters long using English (ASCII) letters and numbers. Be aware that if you are using nonASCII characters such as Japanese, Chinese, and other languages. Other phones and computers cannot connect to your personal hotspot.
Passwords created with strange nonASCII (nonEnglish) characters can be one of the reasons why your iPhone’s hotspot is not working and other devices cannot connect to it. When in doubt, change your password to another using English letters and numbers to test the connection before making it harder. If you’re still having problems, go to the official Apple support site.
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