How to set up your iPhone as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot (iOS 8 tutorial)
Good news is that it is all very simple to do. You should just follow the few simple steps below and even novices will be able to get it up and running in no time. The only thing you need is a data plan on your phone, but this is an important requirement. Keep in mind that the Wi-Fi mobile hotspot that you create uses your phone data plan and can easily gobble up through your data allowance in no time. This is a recipe for cell phone bill disaster if not controlled, so make sure to use this with proper caution: use the hotspot when you have an unlimited data plan or just make sure to keep your usage in check and do not start any heavy downloads (downloading a full-featured movie can easily eat up your data).
Update: We have updated this post with new instructions for iOS 8. Since an overwhelming majority of iOS users have now updated to iOS 8 and there is very little fragmentation on Apple’s ecosystem, you can easily follow this tutorial for all other iOS 8 devices. Follow the steps below to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 2 and later, as well as the iPod touch 5th generation.
How to set-up your iPhone as a mobile hotspot (iOS 8 tutorial)
1. First, go into Settings
2. Then, select 'Cellular'
3. Tap on 'Cellular Data Network'
4. Scroll down to the Personal Hotspot area
6. By default, the option is disabled
7. This is how it looks when you turn the iOS 8 Personal Hotspot toggle on
How to set-up your iPhone as a mobile hotspot on iOS 7 (for iPhone 4)
1. Open Settings
2. Find "Personal Hotspot" and tap on it
3. Once again, but this time in a different menu: find "Personal Hotspot" and tap on it
4. Tap on the "Personal Hotspot" slider to change it to green
5. A pop-up appears.
6. Congrats, the Wi-Fi mobile hotspot is now active!
7. Want to check how it works?
8. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
I was thinking, exactly the same, but you commented before me........ Maybe there are some people who are not so well versed with the technicalities, and for them it's tough to set up wifi hot spot........
19. fatexo (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 May 2010)
PA does such articles for android users too. Importing contacts from SIM, turning off autocorrect and such things.. Doesn't mean android users need a tutorial to know such things.
20. sasch (Posts: 9; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
well yes they do it not to obvious like it is on android, i was wondering how to do it yesterday so yea its a welcome tutorial !
21. promise7 (Posts: 424; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
2. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
When you connected the Android to the IPhone, did both phones immediately explode?
3. eldyagustius (Posts: 135; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
Is the PA really news-hungry then they issued the useless news?
5. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Too bad if your plan with Verizon doesn't include Mobile Hotspot, this option cannot be turned on. Androids are the same way.
9. promise7 (Posts: 424; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
If u have a share everything plan, mobile hotspot comes free with it.
6. darkkjedii (Posts: 11463; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Stevie wonder could do that, without a tutorial. Still good lookin out PA
7. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
Does anybody else have issues sometimes connecting to the hotspot? With my laptop the connection always times out, it never connects. I have to tether through USB for it to work. And yes I have the hopspot feature on my account.
10. Stuntman (Posts: 720; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
They should have other articles that show how to do this on other mobile OS's.
11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
5C sales lagging so this tutorial was needed :)
12. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 168; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Ray Charles could do this, and he's blind and dead.
14. Ronny666 (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)
iphone fans really needed this tutorial because android fans have been pissing them off with tons of features in Androids.
17. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
i did this on my iphone 4 when i first got it. i jail broke it, downloaded a third party mobile hotspot app and used it to play xbox live. worked like a charm (unless i was the party host)
22. Leo_MC (Posts: 531; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
In iOS 7 the option was right there in settings menu.
In iOS 8 it disappeared.