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How to set up your iPhone as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot (iOS 9 tutorial)

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How to set up your iPhone as a Wi-Fi mobile hotspot (iOS 9 tutorial)

Have you ever been in a situation where you are on the go - staying at a hotel or just camping outdoors - and have either your tablet or laptop with you, but no Wi-Fi in sight? It’s frustrating to not be able to do all those things you do on the web. Hey, we are not even speaking about checking out cat videos! We mean logging in to your Facebook or going through your mail. If you have your iPhone with you, though, there is an easy way to get your second device - be it a laptop or a tablet - connected.

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 9. For those of you who are still running iOS 8, the process has basically remained the same so you can use the same steps laid out below. Follow the guide to create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot on the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad 2 and later, as well as the iPod touch 5th generation.

Apple has concealed the iOS 9 personal hotspot option quite a bit in this new update, but luckily, enabling it is not hard to do at all. Just follow the instructions below.

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posted on 20 Dec 2013, 09:55 10

1. mturby (unregistered)

do ipeople needs a tutorial to do this?

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 11:46 1

8. jibraihimi (Posts: 763; 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........

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 06:00 5

19. fatexo (Posts: 218; 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.

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 06:10

20. sasch (Posts: 36; 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 !

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 06:26 1

21. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


posted on 24 Sep 2014, 09:28

23. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

In ios7 it was already on by default.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:00 13

2. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)

When you connected the Android to the IPhone, did both phones immediately explode?

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:42

4. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Haha, like mixing acids and bases.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:11

3. eldyagustius (Posts: 177; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

Is the PA really news-hungry then they issued the useless news?

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:43

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.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 12:04

9. promise7 (Posts: 877; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

If u have a share everything plan, mobile hotspot comes free with it.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 12:23

15. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Yes i know that, but thanks. LoL

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 18:26

13. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


posted on 12 Nov 2015, 04:19

29. iYoungDroid (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Nov 2015)

Does anyone know of an app that works like Foxfi for iPhone 6s Plus on Verizonwireless network?

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 10:50 4

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 21349; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Stevie wonder could do that, without a tutorial. Still good lookin out PA

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 11:20

7. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 64; 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.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 14:03

10. Stuntman (Posts: 836; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

They should have other articles that show how to do this on other mobile OS's.

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 15:02

11. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

5C sales lagging so this tutorial was needed :)

posted on 20 Dec 2013, 15:05 2

12. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 559; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Ray Charles could do this, and he's blind and dead.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 07:53

14. Ronny666 (Posts: 120; 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.

posted on 21 Dec 2013, 12:48

16. szaboagoston (Posts: 43; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


posted on 21 Dec 2013, 15:14 1

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)

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 05:56

18. ebosco3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Jan 2014)

Can't do it with att

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 08:31

22. Leo_MC (Posts: 1507; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

In iOS 7 the option was right there in settings menu.
In iOS 8 it disappeared.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 07:28

25. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2908; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

It's a shame though that the SSID is the same as your iPhones name. I prefer to name my own SSID on Android when it comes to the hotspot.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 13:28 1

28. JunitoNH (Posts: 1800; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

I have to agree with you on that, unless you run a change phone's name every time you use it, which becomes a pain on the butt.

posted on 18 Sep 2015, 09:20

26. zeeBomb (Posts: 2098; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


posted on 18 Sep 2015, 12:02

27. quakan (Posts: 1373; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Unless unlimited data returns, this has no benefit to me.

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