When you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network, a Personal Hotspot enables you to share the Wi-Fi + Cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad.
Set up a Personal Hotspot
1. Select Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot.
2. Toggle the slider to the right of Let Others Join.
Contact your carrier to confirm that you may use Personal Hotspot with your plan if you don’t see the option.
Connect to A Personal Hotspot Using Bluetooth, USB, or Wi-Fi.
A Personal Hotspot supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB connections. Additionally, devices connected to a Personal Hotspot will remain connected with iOS 13 or later even while the screen is locked, allowing those devices to continue receiving notifications and messages.
The status bar changes to blue and displays the number of devices that have joined when you connect a device to your Personal Hotspot. Depending on your provider and iPhone model, your Personal Hotspot can support a certain number of devices at once. You can only connect to the internet from the host device using cellular data if additional devices have joined your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi.
To Connect, Follow These Steps:
Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot on the device you wish to connect to and make sure it is turned on. Then double-check the phone’s name and Wi-Fi password. Once your other device is linked to the Wi-Fi network, continue to use this screen.
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi on the device you want to connect to, then look for your iPhone or iPad in the list. To connect, tap the Wi-Fi network. Enter your Personal Hotspot password if prompted.
Go to Settings > Bluetooth and stay there to ensure that your iPhone or iPad can be found. Then, on your Mac, set up a Bluetooth connection according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Find out more about utilizing Bluetooth and Personal Hotspot.
Bluetooth connections with Mac and other third-party devices are supported by Personal Hotspot. Use Bluetooth to connect to another iOS device.
Make sure your Mac is running the most recent versions of Finder and iTunes. Next, use the USB cord that was included with your device to connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Tap Trust if you receive an alert asking you to “Trust This Computer.”
Let Your Family Join Automatically
You can configure Family Sharing so that members of your family can automatically connect to your Personal Hotspot without having to input a password. What you should do is:
Navigate to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Family Sharing on your Personal Hotspot-enabled device.
Set Family Sharing to on. Find out how to set up Family Sharing if you can’t see the option.
Select whether each member of your family should request permission to join your Personal Hotspot or join it automatically by tapping their names.
Turn off your Personal Hotspot, or Bluetooth, or unplug the USB wire from your device to disconnect it.
Set or Change Your Wi-Fi Password
A Wi-Fi password must be set in order to create a Personal Hotspot. Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and press the Wi-Fi password to modify it.
Use ASCII characters and a Wi-Fi password that is at least eight characters long. Non-ASCII characters prevent other devices from connecting to your Personal Hotspot. Characters from languages other than English, such as Chinese, Japanese, and others, are non-ASCII characters. ASCII symbols consist of:
- all of the uppercase and lowercase letters of the English language
- the range from 0 to 9.
- a few commas and punctuation