How to turn on iPhone hotspot

March 13, 2024

How to turn on hotspot on iPhones

It is highly likely that your iPhone can provide you with the necessary boost if you find yourself in a circumstance where you require a Wi-Fi connection but are unable to obtain one. The most inconvenient periods of the day are frequently when we're left with no Wi-Fi connection. A power outage or traveling through regions with password-protected networks are two potential problems we may experience.

Sometimes, even the most dependable Wi-Fi might encounter those annoying network interruptions. Having been in a similar situation, we all know how important it is to have a reliable internet connection nearby.

A few taps are all it takes to get linked, despite how hard it might sound. Tethering is available from most major carriers; however, your data plan and plan limits will determine whether you can set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your iPhone.

In order to allow other devices, like laptops, tablets, and even other phones, to connect to the internet, you can convert your iPhone into a hotspot using Wi-Fi or a USB cable.

Through this blog, we will teach you how to turn on your iPhone hotspot.

Set up a Personal Hotspot

To set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Swipe your iPhone open and go to Settings
  • Select Mobile Data
  • Select Personal Hotspot or Settings
  • Select Personal Hotspot
  • Tap the slider next to Allow Others to Join.
  • It might not be possible to turn your iPhone into a hotspot for Wi-Fi. This will depend on the plan you have with your service provider. Contact them if you can’t see the option for Personal Hotspot.

    Let your Family link onto Wi-Fi through your Personal Hotspot

    Your family can share your Personal Hotspot automatically without needing to enter the password. Do the following:

  • Swipe open your phone with Personal Hotspot
  • Go to Settings
  • Select Personal Hotspot
  • Select Family Sharing.
  • Turn on Family Sharing
  • Tap on the name of each of your family members and set it up so they can join automatically without a password.
  • If this option is not on your iPhone, contact your service provider to find out how to set up Family Sharing.

    When you are done using the Wi-Fi hotspot, be sure to select Settings again and switch the Personal Hotspot feature off.

    Connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB

    With your iPhone, you can connect to your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. The number of devices that have joined your Personal Hotspot is displayed in the status bar of your iPhone, which glows blue when they do. Your network provider and iPhone model determine the maximum number of devices that can connect to your Personal Hotspot simultaneously. Only the host device can utilize mobile data to connect to the internet if additional devices have joined your Personal Hotspot via Wi-Fi.

    You can do the following to connect devices:


    On your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Mobile Data
  • Select Personal Hotspot or Settings
  • Make sure Personal Hotspot is switched on
  • Verify the Wi-Fi password and the name of the iPhone
  • Don’t leave the screen until you’ve connected the other iPhone or device
  • Stay on this screen until you’ve connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.
  • Next, you switch the other iPhone or device on that you want to connect to your iPhone and do the following:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Wi-Fi and look for the iPhone or device you want to connect
  • Select the Wi-Fi network to join
  • Enter the password if prompted to do so
  • Your other device should now be able to use the internet.
  • Bluetooth

    To connect through Bluetooth, you need to switch this feature on on both devices that you want to use. You need to make both discoverable; otherwise, you will not be able to connect through Bluetooth.

    To ensure this is possible, go to Settings on both devices and select the Bluetooth option. Stay on the screen and do the same on the other iOS device. You can now use the Personal Hotspot through the Bluetooth connection. You may need to turn on Maximize Compatibility on your iPhone to make the Bluetooth connection work. Connecting through Bluetooth might impact the quality of your connection.


    Check to see that the most recent versions of iTunes and the Finder are installed on your Mac computer. Next, use the USB cable that was included with your device to establish a connection between your iPhone or iPad and your computer. Tap the Trust button if you come across a notification that asks, "Trust This Computer?".

    Mobile phones with an eSIM that you can use abroad do not cost a lot, help you save on international calls, and also allow you to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Contact KnowRoaming for more information on eSIMs.

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