With a smartphone, you can do more than stay connected — you can stay entertained, informed, and even productive. If you’re on the go, you may not have a Wi-Fi connection available for your laptop or tablet. Connecting to a wireless network, whether it’s in a coffee shop, hotel or airport is convenient, but it can also get costly.
When experiencing a lack of Wi-Fi connectivity, it is possible to boost a connection through the use of a hotspot. This can be done through the use of Wi-Fi or USB cables. If the hotspot is set up on a phone, other devices such as laptops, tablets, or other phones can be given the opportunity to get online.
As the internet is continuously getting more and more powerful, it’s easy to forget that your phone has a limited amount of battery and data. To keep it running smoothly, remember to not let the Wi-Fi tether on your phone run when you’re not using it. If you intend to use it frequently, a portable charger is a good idea.
How to Set Up a Personal Hotspot on Your iPhone
Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2. Select Cellular on the Settings screen.
Step 3. Turn on the Cellular Data.
Step 4. Tap Personal Hotspot on Cellular screen.
Step 5. Turn on the Allow Others to Join switch on the Personal Hotspot screen and it will broadcast a signal.
Step 6. To make your hotspot more secure, tap Wi-Fi Password and set a password. The password is needed for any device to connect to your phone’s hotspot. And if you ever want to stop people from using your hotspot, just change the password.
3 Ways to Connect to Your Hotspot from Another Device
You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. And the newest version of iOS will keep your devices connected, even if the screen is locked. This means that notifications and messages will still come through, even when your screen is off.
Connecting a device to your Personal Hotspot is as easy as simply turning on the hotspot and selecting the device. One of the features of this configuration is that you can see how many devices are connected to your hotspot either by looking at the blue status bar or by scrolling down to the Devices section of your Personal Hotspot page. The number of devices that can join your hotspot at one time depends on your carrier and iPhone model.
Connecting your iPhone’s hotspot is as easy as connecting to any other Wi-Fi network. In fact, it’s the easiest way to go.
On your computer, tablet, or any other mobile device you have, open up the Wi-Fi menu. You should see two interlocking rings beside your iPhone name.
Connect your device to the internet by clicking this option and entering your password. In a few moments, you’ll be able to go online.
When you start broadcasting, your iPhone’s Bluetooth will also transmit a signal.
You can now connect to your other device via Bluetooth by following these steps. First, open the Bluetooth menu on your phone and tap your device’s name that appears there. Then, instead of entering a password, you’ll be given a six-digit code. Make sure that this code is the same on both your iPhone and the other device, and then tap Pair on both screens.
Using USB Cable
Connecting your iPhone to a computer can be done by using a USB charging cable.
Plug your iPhone in with a USB charging cable and you’ll see it in the list of internet devices that you can connect to. Click it, and you’ll be connected.
What is a Personal Hotspot?
Personal Hotspot is a technology that has been around for years. The phone acts as a wireless hotspot while other devices can connect wirelessly to the network. This is done through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or a USB port. This process is known as tethering. When you use Personal Hotspot, all data is transmitted to and from your phone.
Personal Hotspot Requirements
To use the Personal Hotspot feature on Apple’s iPhone, the device needs to be a model that runs iOS 8 or later and has tethering or Personal Hotspot capabilities. The phone also needs to have a data plan that supports tethering or a Personal Hotspot. If you want to connect devices with a USB cable, you’ll need a USB-to-Lightning cable.
How to Set or Change a Personal Hotspot Password on iPhone
Setting up a Personal Hotspot requires password protection. To change the password, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and then tap the Wi-Fi password.
Make your Wi-Fi password at least 8 characters long and use both upper and lower case characters. If you use non-ASCII characters, a lot of devices won’t be able to connect to your hotspot. Non-ASCII includes writing in Japanese or Russian, ASCII is letters and numbers.
Data Use with Personal Hotspot
If you have an iPhone, you know the struggle of being unable to access your data plan because it is full. This is because your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot uses your own data from your monthly allowance. If you are streaming video or doing bandwidth-heavy tasks, you may be very aware that your data will be gone quickly. Be careful if your data plan is small because any data used by devices connected to your phone will also count against it.
Hopefully, with the steps above, you’re able to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone. Also, if you’re curious, here’s How to Share Wifi Password from Your iPhone without manual password entry. As a bonus, here’s How to Use AirDrop to share and receive photos, documents, and more between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.