How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad

A Personal Hotspot lets you lot share the mobile data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) when you lot don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network.

Fix up Personal Hotspot

  1. Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot.
  2. Tap the slider next to Allow Others to Join.

If you can’t see the choice for Personal Hotspot, contact your network provider to make certain you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

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

You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. And with iOS 13 or after, devices that are connected to a Personal Hotspot volition stay connected, fifty-fifty if the screen is locked, so those devices will even so receive notifications and messages.

When yous connect a device to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar turns bluish and shows how many devices have joined. The number of devices that tin can join your Personal Hotspot at ane time depends on your network provider and iPhone model. If other devices have joined your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, yous tin simply use mobile information to connect to the internet from the host device.

Use these steps to connect:

iPhone screen showing the Personal Hotspot bar.


On the device you want to connect to, become to Settings > Mobile Data > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure information technology’s on. Then verify the Wi-Fi password and proper noun of the phone. Stay on this screen until y’all’ve connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.

On the device y’all want to connect, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and look for your iPhone or iPad in the listing. Then tap the Wi-Fi network to join. If asked, enter the password for your Personal Hotspot.


To brand sure that your iPhone or iPad is discoverable, become to Settings > Bluetooth and stay on that screen. And so on your Mac, follow the manufacturer directions to set up a Bluetooth connection. Discover out more most using Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth.

Personal Hotspot supports Bluetooth connections with Mac and other third-party devices. To connect another iOS device, utilize Bluetooth.


Let your family join automatically

You can ready Family Sharing then that your family unit can bring together your Personal Hotspot automatically – without needing to enter the password. Here’s what to do:

  1. On your device with Personal Hotspot, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Family Sharing.
  2. Turn on Family Sharing. If yous tin can’t see the option, observe out how to ready Family Sharing.
  3. Tap the name of each of your family members and gear up whether they demand to enquire for blessing or bring together your Personal Hotspot automatically.

Disconnect devices

To disconnect a device, plough off Personal Hotspot, turn off Bluetooth or unplug the USB cablevision from your device.

Set or change your Wi-Fi countersign

You need to set up a Wi-Fi password in guild to set up a Personal Hotspot. To change the Wi-Fi countersign, go to Settings > Mobile Data > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot, then tap the Wi-Fi countersign.*

Choose a Wi-Fi password that’south at to the lowest degree eight characters long and apply ASCII characters. If you use non-ASCII characters, other devices will be unable to bring together your Personal Hotspot. Non-ASCII characters include characters in Japanese, Russian, Chinese and other languages. ASCII characters include:

  • All the letters in English, both lowercase and upper-case letter
  • The digits 0 to 9
  • Some punctuation marks

* When you change your password, any connected devices volition be disconnected.

Larn more

  • Sure apps and features that require a Wi-Fi connection might non work while using a Personal Hotspot. For example, you might not be able to make an iCloud backup or upload photos to iCloud Photograph Library or Photo Stream.
  • Larn how to use Instant Hotspot on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • Go help with Personal Hotspot on your iOS and iPadOS devices.

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