How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot
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!

If you have your iPhone with you, there is an easy way to get another device connected.


Keep in mind that you need an active data plan on your phone for this to work and you need to make sure that your carrier supports mobile hotspot and this service is included in your plan. Do not forget 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. With this in mind, here is...

How to set-up your iPhone as a mobile hotspot


1. First, go into Settings

All journeys start with a first step!

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

2. Go into 'Cellular > Cellular Data Network'

First, open the Cellular tab and then select the Cellular Date Network section. This is where you actually set up the personal hotspot.

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

3. Scroll down to the Personal Hotspot area

Just enter any Username (you can add an APN and password later on), and go back

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

4. Go back one step to the Cellular section

Here, you will see a newly-appeared 'Personal Hotspot' tab. Select it!

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

5. Switch the Personal Hotspot toggle on!

And you're done! Your phone is now active as a hotspot and other devices can connect to the newly created Wi-Fi network. Keep in mind that there is an auto-generated password right below.

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

6. You can change the password to something simpler

Just type on the password field and update the password to something simpler, but keep in mind that simpler passwords are easier to hack.

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

7. You did it!

Enjoy using your iPhone as a personal hotspot!

How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot

Update: We have updated this post with new instructions. This will work on the latest version of iOS with the iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X. Older phones updated to iOS 12 like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and up until the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro Cellular and iPad Air will also work.

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38 Comments

1. mturby unregistered

do ipeople needs a tutorial to do this?

8. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 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: 221; Member since: May 21, 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: 40; Member since: Sep 19, 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 !

23. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

In ios7 it was already on by default.

34. hamaidx

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Exactly my thought... and it shows how dumb itards are !!

35. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Except that it’s also been posted for Androidtards, look at post 21

36. civicsr2cool

Posts: 257; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

You're commenting on a 5 year old article.. This, along with the Android one, gets updated every time the process changes.

2. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Haha, like mixing acids and bases.

3. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

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

5. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

15. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Yes i know that, but thanks. LoL

13. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Foxfi

29. iYoungDroid

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

7. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

5C sales lagging so this tutorial was needed :)

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

14. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

iphone fans really needed this tutorial because android fans have been pissing them off with tons of features in Androids.

16. szaboagoston

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Wow...

17. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 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)

18. ebosco3

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 03, 2014

Can't do it with att

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

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

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

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.

28. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Weefee

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