How to set up your iPhone as a personal Wi-Fi mobile hotspot
posted by Victor H. / Dec 07, 2018, 6:34 AM
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.
Follow the steps below to get personal hotspot working!
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!
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.
3. Scroll down to the Personal Hotspot area
Just enter any Username (you can add an APN and password later on), and go back
4. Go back one step to the Cellular section
Here, you will see a newly-appeared 'Personal Hotspot' tab. Select it!
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.
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.
7. You did it!
Enjoy using your iPhone as a personal 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.
do ipeople needs a tutorial to do this?
posted on Dec 20, 2013, 9:55 AM 16
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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 Dec 20, 2013, 11:46 AM 2
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posted on Sep 24, 2014, 6:26 AM 4
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Exactly my thought... and it shows how dumb itards are !!
posted on Oct 04, 2017, 2:25 AM 0
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When you connected the Android to the IPhone, did both phones immediately explode?
posted on Dec 20, 2013, 10:00 AM 14
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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 Dec 20, 2013, 10:43 AM 0
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If u have a share everything plan, mobile hotspot comes free with it.
posted on Dec 20, 2013, 12:04 PM 0
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posted on Dec 20, 2013, 6:26 PM 0
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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 Dec 20, 2013, 11:20 AM 0
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They should have other articles that show how to do this on other mobile OS's.
posted on Dec 20, 2013, 2:03 PM 0
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 Sep 18, 2015, 7:28 AM 0
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