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How to Set up and Use Personal Hotspot in iPhone/iPad

Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or cellular iPad with other nearby devices. This tutorial will show you how to set up and turn on Personal Hotspot to share the Internet connection from your iPhone with other devices.

Set up Personal Hotspot in iPhone/iPad

With these steps, you can easily create a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot with iPhone or (cellular)iPad.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Cellular. Make sure Cellular Data is turning on.

Set up Personal Hotspot

Step 2: Tap on Personal Hotspot, then turn it On.

Step 3: Tap on Wi-Fi password, you can change it into a password that is really easy to remember.

Change Wi-Fi Hotspot Password

To avoid unnecessary data charges, turn off Personal Hotspot when you don't need it.

How do Devices Use Personal Hotspot

There are three ways to connect to your iPhone and use its data connection: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB. When you turn Personal Hotspot on, it will allow you to use any of these three options.

1. Connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi

Join Personal Hotspot via Wi-Fi like the way to connect to any other wireless network.

Step 1: On the device that needs to connect to Personal Hotspot, turn Wi-Fi on.

Step 2: Select your iPhone name from the list of Wi-Fi networks.

Step 3: Enter Wi-Fi password when prompted.

When you or anyone else is connected to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot, a blue bar will appear along the top and show you how many connections there are.

Personal Hotspot Connection

2. Connect to Personal Hotspot Using Bluetooth

Use the steps below to pair your devices(iPad/iPod/Mac/Windows PC), then connect to your device via Bluetooth.

Tips: You can't share your cellular data connection with another iPhone using Bluetooth.

Step 1: Pair iPhone with your device that needs to connect to Personal Hotspot.

Step 2: On iPhone, tap Pair or enter the code displayed on your device.

Step 3: Connect to the iPhone from the device.

Bluetooth Connection

3. Connect to Personal Hotspot Using USB

Connecting via USB is the easiest way to tether your phone. Make sure your Personal Hotspot has turned on.

Step 1: Plug iPhone into your computer with included USB cable.

Step 2: Choose the iPhone from the list of network services in your settings.

On our Windows' network adapters, you can see you're connected via Apple Mobile Device Ethernet.

Hotspot netwotk connection

On our Mac, go to System Preferences > Network. Select iPhone USB. You can see that the iPhone USB is connected.

Make service active

If you have trouble connecting to Personal Hotspot, refer to get Help with Personal Hotspot in iOS.