A phone Wi-Fi hotspot is a built-in internet access point in your smartphone that provides a Wi-Fi connection to other devices within its range. You can turn your smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to give other Wi-Fi enabled devices mobile Internet access. When there is no readily available Wi-Fi, and a wired connection is unavailable or impractical, this can be extremely useful.
Requirements for Mobile Hotspot
To create a mobile hotspot, you’ll need the following:
- A smartphone with hotspot functionality
- A phone plan that enables the creation of personal hotspots
However, before you use this feature, you should know a few things about how it works and some of the risks of doing so without taking some precautions. So here are the fundamentals of setting up a mobile hotspot on an iPhone.
Setting a Personal Hotspot on iPhone
With an Apple iOS device, turning on your phone’s hotspot is simple.
Step 1: To Settings > Personal Hotspot in the first step. Alternatively, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot (depending on your iPhone model).
Step 2: To activate the Personal Hotspot, press the toggle button. If you do not have a cellular plan that includes hotspot data, you may be prompted to contact your provider if you press the Set Up Personal Hotspot button.
Step 3: Turn on the feature that allows others to join.
Step 4: Make a note of the password. The password can be changed.
Try the steps below if you can’t find or activate Personal Hotspot.
- First, ensure that your wireless carrier has enabled it and supports your wireless plan.
- Next, restart the iPhone or iPad that provides Personal Hotspot and any other devices that need to connect to Personal Hotspot.
- Finally, check that you have the latest version of your iOS.
The following sections will go over how to connect devices to your hotspot once it’s been set up, using a variety of methods that may be available.
Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot on the device you want to connect to and turn it on. Then, confirm the Wi-Fi password and phone name. Continue to this screen until your other device has been linked to the Wi-Fi network.
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi on the device you want to connect to and look for your iPhone or iPad in the list. Then connect to the Wi-Fi network. Enter the password for your Hotspot if asked.
It is important to note that all devices require this password to connect to the hotspot. It’s also worth noting that some older devices might require you to connect to Wi-Fi rather than automatically manually. This is usually a problem with older models; newer Apple and Android devices should be able to support automatic connections.
Check that your Mac or PC is running the most recent version of iTunes. After that, using the USB cable that came with your device, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. If you see an alert asking you to “Trust This Computer?” click Trust. From here, enter the password, and you’re ready to go.
The cable must be connected directly from one device to the other; both devices must be physically close. Once you’ve joined, keep an eye on your data usage.
In some cases, you can connect a device to your new mobile hotspot via Bluetooth. First, locate the Bluetooth page in your Settings, then select the device you want to connect. After that, you’ll need to pair it with your iPhone by following the on-screen instructions.
Once it’s connected, go back to Settings and find the Personal Hotspot connection option, then enter the password to start using it. Personal Hotspot supports Bluetooth connections with Mac, PC, and other third-party devices. Use Wi-Fi to connect to another iOS device.
The maximum number of devices you can connect to an iPhone is determined by your iPhone and the limits set by your wireless carrier.
It depends on your situation. Your phone’s hotspot will provide all the data your connected devices require. This means that you should use very little data for tasks like writing emails. On the other hand, the story will change if you stream or download large amounts of content.
Turn off Personal Hotspot, turn off Bluetooth, or unplug the USB cable from your device to disconnect all devices.