How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

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

Set up Personal Hotspot

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

If you don’t see the option for Personal Hotspot, contact your carrier to make sure that 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 later, devices that are connected to a Personal Hotspot will stay connected, even if the screen is locked, so those devices will still get notifications and messages.

Here are some tips for using each method.

When you connect a device to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar turns blue and shows how many devices have joined. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot at one time depends on your carrier and iPhone model. If other devices have joined your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, you can use only cellular data to connect to the Internet from the host device.

Use these steps to connect:

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

On the device that you want to connect to, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure that it’s on. Then verify the Wi-Fi password and name of the phone. Stay on this screen until you’ve connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.

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

Bluetooth

To make sure that your iPhone or iPad is discoverable, go to Settings > Bluetooth and stay on that screen. Then on your Mac or PC, follow the manufacturer directions to set up a Bluetooth network connection. Learn more about using Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth.

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

Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with the USB cable that came with your device. If you see an alert that says tap "Trust This Computer?" tap Trust.

Let your family join automatically

You can set up Family Sharing so that your family can join 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 you don’t see the option, learn how to set up Family Sharing.
  3. Tap the name of each of your family members and set whether they need to ask for approval or join your Personal Hotspot automatically.

Disconnect devices

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

Set or change your Wi-Fi password

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

Choose a Wi-Fi password that’s at least eight characters long and use ASCII characters. If you use non-ASCII characters, other devices will be unable to join 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 uppercase
  • The digits 0 through 9
  • Some punctuation marks

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

  1. Go to your iPhone’s on-screen Settings
  2. Look for Personal Hotspot; or General, followed by Network, and finally Personal Hotspot
  3. Tap on Personal Hotspot and then slide the switch to On
  4. Then connect the iPhone to your laptop or tablet using a USB cable or Bluetooth.

Using a USB cable

You’ll need a laptop or tablet running Windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.5.7 or later. Plus make sure you have a free USB port, iTunes 8.2 or later installed, and an iPhone USB cable.

Plug the USB cable into your iPhone and then into your laptop or tablet.

You may need to set up a new network connection – just follow the simple instructions on you laptop or tablet screen.

Using a Portable WiFi hotspot

This requires a computer running Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista, 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later, with WiFi.

Connect your laptop or tablet to your phone via WiFi, the same way you would connect your laptop to your home WiFi. Just enter your WiFi password when asked for it.

Using Bluetooth

This requires a laptop or tablet running windows XP SP2 or later, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OS 10.4.11 or later. And you must be able to use Bluetooth 2.0 on it.

First switch on Bluetooth on your iPhone and on your laptop or tablet.

Now ‘pair’ your iPhone with your laptop or tablet, then connect. Here’s how.

If your laptop or tablet uses Windows

Click on the Bluetooth icon in your iPhone’s Notification area (the system tray)

Select Add a Bluetooth device, and follow the onscreen instructions

When you’ve successfully paired your iPhone with your laptop or tablet, click on the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area again

Your devices are now tethered. Browse away.

If your laptop or tablet is a Mac

  1. Open your iPhone’s Bluetooth Preferences
  2. Click on Set Up New Device and follow the onscreen instructions
  3. When you’ve successfully paired your iPhone to your Mac, choose the option Use Device as a Network Port on your iPhone
  4. To connect your Mac laptop or iPad to your iPhone, click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar
  5. Click on your iPhone, and then choose Connect to Network.

Your iPhone should now have a blue bar at the top of the screen to show that tethering is up and running.

Turning it off

To avoid any unexpected call charges, it’s best to switch off internet tethering when you’re not using your iPhone to connect your laptop or tablet to the internet.

  1. To do this, just click on Settings on your iPhone menu
  2. Choose General, go to Network
  3. Tap on Internet Tethering to switch it off.

Making calls while tethering

If you’re using the 3G or 4G network, you can make mobile phone calls and use tethering at the same time.

If you’re using the 2G network, your tethering session will be stopped when you make a phone call.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macMalcolm Owen | Sep 06, 2020

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

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Need Internet access but your home connection is down? Here’s how to get started tethering your MacBook and iPad to your iPhone’s data connection, allowing you to get online from anywhere with cellular service.

People who work from home know too well the perils of counting on Internet providers too much. Occasional router issues, data cap limits, saturated connections, and other downtime issues can potentially impact your ability to get work done online, which can affect your working life.

As AppleInsider’s staff know all too well, you always need a backup option.

There’s also the problem of portability, as road warriors who work wherever they go can’t guarantee that where they’re heading to next will have adequate available Wi-Fi. There’s also the occasional need to get something done online at times when there’s no practical Internet connection available, aside from your mobile device.

In this guide, we will explain how to get started with the Personal Hotspot, a feature of iOS that allows other devices to take advantage of an iPhone or iPad’s cellular data connection to perform tethering. Also, for those with multiple Apple devices, there’s the extra benefit of Instant Hotspot.

Personal Hotspot

Personal Hotspot refers to the standard tethering feature of an iPhone or iPad. The host device generates its own Wi-Fi network, which other devices can connect to for an Internet connection.

Before going through the process, make sure the device you want to use as the host for Personal Hotspot has a tethering facility as part of your cellular plan. In some cases, tethering may be enabled, but may not count as part of a preset data allowance, so check before attempting to tether for the first time.

How to set up Personal Hotspot

  • On the host iPhone or iPad, enter the Settings app, then either Mobile Data or Personal Hotspot.
  • Tap the toggle next to Allow Others to Join.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

This will generate a hotspot viewable by others, usually following the format “Joe Smith’s iPhone.” Further down the page, the feature will explain how devices can connect to the hotspot in a variety of ways. It will also show the current Wi-Fi password set up for the hotspot, which will be required for client devices connecting over Wi-Fi.

The same toggle can be used to turn off Personal Hotspot, disconnecting all connected clients.

How to change your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot password

  • Open the Settings app, then either Mobile Data or Personal Hotspot.
  • With Personal Hotspot enabled, tap Wi-Fi Password.
  • In the box marked Password, enter a new password.
  • Tap Done.

The password needs to be at least 8 characters long, and as it may be used by others temporarily, it should not be the same as any other passwords on your accounts. Changing the password will also disconnect anyone else connected to the Personal Hotpot.

How to connect to an iPhone’s Personal Hotspot over Wi-Fi

  • Open up your client device’s Wi-Fi settings and search for your Personal Hotspot’s Access Point Name.
  • When asked for a password, enter the version set up on the device.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

How to use Personal Hotspot over USB

  • Ensure the latest version of iTunes is installed and running on the Mac or PC.
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using a USB cable.
  • If a prompt asks “Trust This Computer” on the iPhone or iPad, select Trust.

The connection should start straight away, though this may not apply for all devices. Apple offers further support if a connection doesn’t work within a few seconds.

How to set up Family Sharing to let family members connect to Personal Hotspot automatically

  • If Family Sharing is set up correctly, an option should appear within the Settings app under Personal Hotspot titled Family Sharing.
  • Select to turn on Family Sharing for the connection.
  • Select each member of the group to enable access, and if they need to be approved before they can connect to the Personal Hotspot.

By setting this up, family members will be able to connect, without needing to enter in the network password beforehand.

Instant Hotspot

If you want to connect only devices you control for tethering, there’s an easier and more immediate way to do the same thing, called Instant Hotspot. If all devices involved are signed in to iCloud under the same Apple ID, has Bluetooth turned on, and Wi-Fi turned on, then Instant Hotspot can be used.

How to connect using Instant Hotspot on a Mac

  • Select the Wi-Fi status icon in the Menu Bar.
  • Under Personal Hotspots, select your iPhone or iPad’s name.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Once connected, the Wi-Fi status icon will change to a pair of looped ovals, like a two-link chain. A similar icon will also appear on the iPhone.

One of Apple’s best Continuity features is Instant Hotspot, which allows a Mac to connect to an iPhone’s cellular internet without a password.

Apple provides several special features that iPhone owners enjoy when using other Apple products, such as the quick and easy tethering that is possible for Mac computers and iPad tablets. This allows uninterrupted internet use with a MacBook or iPad while traveling or during an outage, without the need to manually create a Wi-Fi hotspot. As long as the iPhone has a cellular connection, other Apple devices can share its internet.

Continuity is Apple’s name for the great integration of its various products. iPhone calls can be answered on an iPad tablet, Mac computer, or Apple Watch. An iPad can be used as a second screen for a Mac. An Apple Watch can unlock a Mac or an iPhone. Images, videos, and text can be copied on one device and pasted on another. There are so many automatic connections that Continuity acts as an extra incentive to stay within Apple’s ecosystem. It’s not a requirement or coercion, but rather an invitation to take advantage of the complete package that Apple can provide and the benefits are quite compelling.

Since neither the MacBook Air nor MacBook Pro is available with cellular capability, either a wired connection or some sort of hotspot is needed when Wi-Fi isn’t available. The easiest solution is to use Apple’s Instant Hotspot, which is one of the nicest Continuity features for those that own a MacBook and an iPhone. It should be as simple as clicking the Wi-Fi icon in the Mac’s status menu in the top left of the screen. If the iPhone has an internet connection, it will appear in the list under the Personal Hotspot heading, above any other network choices. Selecting this option will automatically connect to the iPhone without the need for a password or any other setup.

Solving Instant Hotspot Issues

Using Instant Hotspot requires a Mac running OS X Yosemite or later and an iPhone or iPad with iOS 8.1 or later and a cellular connection to provide internet. iPad tablets originally ran iOS, so any version of iPadOS will also work. It’s important to remember that macOS is not designed for mobile internet in the way that iOS and iPadOS are, so data usage will be higher when using a MacBook or Mac desktop than when using an iPhone or iPad. For example, pages in Safari may be preloaded and background internet usage will not be constrained. The mobile device and the Mac need to be signed in with the same Apple ID for Continuity features to work.

If there is some reason Wi-Fi can’t be used or Instant Hotspot isn’t compatible with the devices available, a USB cable can be connected from the iPhone or iPad that has cellular capability to the Mac. An Apple USB cable is recommended and using the cable that came with one of the devices will provide the best results. After plugging in both ends, there may be a message on the mobile device asking whether to ‘Trust This Computer?’ which requires the user to tap ‘Trust’ in order to proceed with connecting to that device and sharing its internet connection. In most cases, Instant Hotspot allows effortless sharing of an iPhone’s or iPad’s internet connection with a Mac computer, thanks to Apple’s Continuity features.

If your cellular carrier doesn’t include the feature in your cellular data plan, you may not see the Personal Hotspot option at all on your iPhone’s settings screen. You may have to pay extra to gain access to it.

Even if you have unlimited data, there’s a good chance you have a limited amount of tethering data — or, at least, high-speed tethering data. Your carrier may charge you extra if you need more tethering data. Check your cellular plan for more details about your plan’s hotspot, or tethering, capabilities.

Wi-Fi tethering will also drain your phone’s battery more quickly. If possible, connect your iPhone to a power source — or plug it into your laptop via USB cable — while tethering. Be sure to disable the hotspot when you’re not using it, too.

Create a Hotspot to Tether Any Device With Wi-Fi

If you have a Mac, scroll down — you can do this more easily. But you can connect any type of device to the Internet through your iPhone. This means Windows laptops, Chromebooks, Android tablets, iPads, portable gaming consoles, and more — anything at all that can connect to Wi-Fi.

To get started, open your iPhone’s Settings screen and tap the Personal Hotspot option between Cellular and Carrier near the top of the screen. If you don’t see the option, contact your carrier — it’s possible you have to pay them extra before you can see and use it.

Enable the Personal Hotspot feature and your iPhone’s top bar will turn blue, indicating that the personal hotspot is running in the background and draining your battery.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macYour iPhone will now appear as a nearby wireless network. On any device with a Wi-Fi connection, open the list of networks and choose your device in the list — it’ll be named something like “[Name]’s iPhone.” Select it in the list and you’ll be asked for a passphrase. Enter the passphrase displayed on the Personal Hotspot screen on your iPhone. Your device will connect.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

When you’re done, pick up your iPhone and disable the Personal Hotspot feature to save battery life. This is easy — your iPhone’s top bar will be blue as long as the Personal Hotspot feature is enabled. Tap it and you’ll be taken directly to the Personal Hotspot screen, where you can disable it.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Easy Wi-Fi Tethering on a Mac

Mac OS X Yosemite makes these things work well together. Click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar, and you’ll see your nearby iPhone appear under “Personal Hotspot.” Click it, and your Mac will automatically connect to the iPhone, enabling the Wi-Fi hotspot feature and allowing you to connect directly to the Internet.

This is convenient because it allows you to quickly connect to your iPhone from your Mac without leaving the personal hotspot feature enabled all the time. You can do this entirely from your Mac without picking up your iPhone and tapping anything. It’s only enabled when you connect to it. This saves battery life.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

USB Tethering on a Mac

You can also connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable — not a bad idea, as the iPhone can draw power from your Mac and its battery won’t be run down by the tethering.

Go into your iPhone’s Setting screen, tap Hotspot, and Personal Hotspot near the top of the list, and enable Personal Hotspot. You can then click the WI-Fi icon on the menu bar and select Open Network Preferences. You’ll see that your Mac is tethered to the iPhone using the “iPhone USB” connection. If you don’t see it in the list, click the “+” button and add the iPhone USB network interface.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

USB Tethering on Windows

USB tethering can al;so function with a Windows PC. You’ll need the latest version of iTunes installed on your Windows PC to do this, as it includes the appropriate drivers. Enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone and then connect it ot the Windows PC using a USB cable. Your Windows PC will be able to use the iPhone as a network connection, just as a Mac could.

This should automatically configure itself if you plug your iPhone in with Personal Hotspot enabled. You’ll see the network connection appear as an “Apple Mobile Device Ethernet” connection.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

iPhones also support Bluetooth tethering. Pair your iPhone with a computer or other device over Bluetooth to share the Internet connection using Bluetooth. Wi-Fi tethering will be easier to set up and faster. However, Bluetooth tethering could potentially drain your iPhone’s battery more slowly, saving some battery life.

With a few taps, you can turn your smartphone into a source for internet that laptops, tablets, and other phones can use. Here's how to turn your phone into a hotspot.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

If you’re stuck in a situation where you need a Wi-Fi connection, but can’t get it anywhere else, chances are your smartphone can give you the boost you need. By setting up a hotspot through Wi-Fi or a USB cable, you can turn your phone into a source for internet that laptops, tablets, and other phones can use to get online.

It may sound complicated, but you can be connected with just a few taps. Most of the major carriers offer tethering services, though your ability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot depends on your service plan and data allowance.

One thing to keep in mind: tethering eats up battery life in addition to data. Investing in a portable charger is a good idea if you intend to use hotspot mode frequently. If you’re ready to tether, here’s how to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot With iOS Devices

To set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular), go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Allow Others to Join and toggle it to on (if you don’t see Personal Hotspot in Settings, tap Cellular > Personal Hotspot). Make note of the Wi-Fi password.

Open the Wi-Fi menu on the device you need to connect to the internet. Look for your iOS device (ex: PCMag’s iPhone), select it, then enter the password that appears on your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot screen.

iPhone and iPad also provide alternate ways to connect with your hotspot, including Bluetooth and direct USB connection. You may need to turn on Maximize Compatibility to make these connections work, but keep in mind that the quality of your connection may be impacted.

Once your secondary device is connected, you should now be able to surf the web (and consume mobile data). To disconnect, toggle Personal Hotspot to off on your iOS device.

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Tethering is a super-useful feature of the iPhone. Tethering lets you use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot to provide internet access to a laptop or other Wi-Fi-enabled devices like an iPad or iPod touch.

Tethering isn't iPhone-only; it's available on many smartphones. As long as users have the right software and a data plan from a cellphone company that includes it, users can wirelessly connect their devices to a smartphone and use the phone's cellular internet connection.

How iPhone Tethering Works

Tethering works by creating a short-range wireless network using the iPhone as its hub. In this case, the iPhone functions like a traditional Wi-Fi router. The iPhone connects to a cellular network to send and receive data and then broadcasts that connection to the devices connected to its network. Data sent to and from the connected devices is routed through the iPhone to the internet.

Tethering is usually slower than broadband or Wi-Fi connections, but it’s also more portable. As long as the smartphone has data service reception, the network is available.

Tethering on the iPhone supports connections between devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB.

iPhone Tethering Requirements

To use your iPhone for tethering, you must have:

  • an iPhone 3GS or newer
  • running iOS 4.3 or newer
  • a data plan that supports tethering.

Any device that can connect to Wi-Fi, including the iPad, iPod touch, Macs, and laptops, can connect to an iPhone with tethering enabled.

How Tethering Differs From a Personal Hotspot

You may have heard the terms “tethering” and “Personal Hotspot” discussed together. That’s because tethering is the general name for this feature, while Apple’s version is called Personal Hotspot. Both terms are correct, but when looking for the feature on iOS devices, look for anything labeled Personal Hotspot.

How to Use Tethering on iPhone

Using tethering on the iPhone is really easy and, to make it easier, we’ve got instructions on how to set up and use a hotspot on your iPhone.

If you’ve been using Personal Hotspot, but now the option is missing from your iPhone, check out How to Fix a Missing iPhone Personal Hotspot. If the Personal Hotspot menu is present, but the feature just isn’t working, try How to Fix It When iPhone Personal Hotspot Is Not Working.

If you’re planning to tether and iPad to an iPhone, we’ve got step-by-step instructions for that, too.

How to Automatically Connect Family Members to iPhone Tethering

If you use Family Sharing to share media and purchases, family members’ locations, and other data amongst members of your family, you can easily share your Personal Hotspot, too. To let Family Sharing group members automatically connect to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot, follow these steps:

On the device whose Personal Hotspot you want to use, tap Settings > Personal Hotspot > Family Sharing.

Move the Family Sharing slide to on/green.

Tap the name of each member of your Family Sharing group to control whether they'll automatically tether to the iPhone or if they need to ask.

Security for iPhone Tethering

For security purposes, all tethering networks are password-protected by default. That means that they can only be accessed by people with the iPhone's tethering password. That makes them pretty secure.

If you want, though, you can change the default password of your iPhone Personal Hotspot.

Data Usage With iPhone Tethering

The data used by the devices tethered to the iPhone counts against the phone’s monthly data usage limit. This means that letting other people connect to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot can use up your data really quickly. Data overages caused by using tethering are charged at the same rate as traditional data overages.

  • Maximum number of simultaneously connected devices: 5
  • Maximum number of simultaneously Wi-Fi connections: 3

Costs for Tethering

When it debuted on the iPhone in 2011, tethering was an optional feature that users could add to their monthly voice and data plans. Since then, the way that phone companies price their plans for smartphone users has changed, making data services the foundation of the monthly cost.

As a result, tethering is now included in most plans from every major carrier for no additional price. The only requirement is that the user must have a monthly plan that includes a certain amount of data to get the feature. That amount varies by phone company.

In some cases, users with unlimited data plans are not able to use tethering to prevent high data use.

Troubleshooting Problems with iPhone Tethering

You may run into problems with tethering from time to time, including other people not being able to connect to your hotspot. If you're facing these problems, check out our articles:

It depends on your phone plan. If you have a limited amount of data, you may get overage charges if you go over your limit.

Yes. To share your Wi-Fi hotspot with people outside of your family group, you'll need a third-party app such as iTether, MyWi Wi-Fi Tethering, Optimum Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder, or PDANet. You must get these apps from outside the App Store.

Close applications you're not using and disable background apps, then reset your network settings. If you have a protective case, remove it to see if that helps. Check your data usage to make sure you haven't reached your limit.

To find your hotspot password, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot. Your password will be listed next to Wi-Fi Password.

The only way to turn off your Personal Hotspot is to switch to Airplane mode or disable data usage in your settings. If people are connecting to your hotspot without your permission, change the password.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Tap the device that provides Personal Hotspot, confirm the code that appears, then tap Pair on both devices. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is on. Select the device providing Personal Hotspot, click Connect, then follow the onscreen instructions.

People ask also, can you use hotspot on Macbook Pro? Your Mac can function as a wireless hotspot, allowing you to connect your other devices to it and share its Internet connection. It’s just like tethering to your phone. … You can connect your wireless devices to your Mac and share the wired Internet connection with them—almost as if your Mac were a wireless router.

Also know, how do I use my iPhone as a hotspot for my laptop?

  1. Go to your iPhone’s on-screen Settings.
  2. Look for Personal Hotspot; or General, followed by Network, and finally Personal Hotspot.
  3. Tap on Personal Hotspot and then slide the switch to On.
  4. Then connect the iPhone to your laptop or tablet using a USB cable or Bluetooth.

Amazingly, why won’t my Mac connect to my hotspot? If you still can’t connect to Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth. … On your iOS or iPadOS devices, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth off and back on. On your Mac, click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar or click Bluetooth in Control Center, then turn Bluetooth off and back on.

In this regard, how do I connect my iPhone to my Mac computer? Connect iPhone to Mac with a cable. Just take the cable that came with your iPhone, plug one end into the phone and the other into a USB port on your Mac. Then you can sync your iPhone to your computer. Sync iPhone to Mac over Wi-Fi.

  1. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable, then open iTunes and select your device. Learn what to do if your device doesn’t appear on your computer.
  2. Click Summary on the left side of the iTunes window.
  3. Select “Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi.”
  4. Click Apply.

Why won’t my hotspot work on my laptop?

Open Mobile Hotspot settings on your PC. Press Win+I to open Settings and go to Network and Internet. … Identify your mobile hotspot adapter, right-click and go to Properties. Open the Sharing tab and uncheck “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.”

How do I pair my iPhone to my laptop?

  1. Connect your iPhone to your laptop with a Lightning cable.
  2. Click Continue when asked if the computer can have access to the phone.
  3. Click the phone icon in the top bar.
  4. Click Sync.
  5. Check your photos, music, apps and videos to confirm that they arrived on the phone from Windows 10.

What to do if hotspot is not connecting?

  1. Making sure the internet connection is available.
  2. Turning off the Wifi and switching it back on.
  3. Restarting your phone.
  4. Recreating your hotspot.
  5. Turn off the power-saving mode.
  6. Checking the bandwidth.
  7. Checking the receiving device.
  8. Factory reset.

How do I connect my Macbook to a hotspot?

How do I setup a hotspot on my iPhone 12?

How can I watch my iPhone on my MacBook?

Why does my iPhone not sync with my Mac?

Make sure that the date and time settings on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC are correct. Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. Then, check that you turned on Contacts, Calendars, and Reminders* in your iCloud settings. Check your Internet connection.

How do I mirror my iPhone to my Mac via USB?

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using your Lightning to USB cable.
  2. Open QuickTime on your Mac.
  3. Click on “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  4. Click “New Movie Recording.”
  5. Next to the red record button (bottom middle), click on the down arrow.

How do I connect my iPhone to my laptop via USB?

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings > Personal Hotspot. If you don’t see Personal Hotspot, tap Carrier and you will see it.
  2. Tap the switch next to Personal Hotspot to turn on.
  3. Connect your device to the computer using the USB cable.
  4. The device will automatically begin tethering after syncing is complete.

How do I put pictures from my iPhone to my laptop?

  1. Turn your phone on and unlock it. Your PC can’t find the device if the device is locked.
  2. On your PC, select the Start button and then select Photos to open the Photos app.
  3. Select Import > From a USB device, then follow the instructions.

Why is my iPhone not charging when I plug it into my computer?

These alerts can appear for a few reasons: Your iOS device might have a dirty or damaged charging port, your charging accessory is defective, damaged, or non Apple-certified, or your USB charger isn’t designed to charge devices.

Is your iPhone hotspot not working? Learn how to troubleshoot the tethering feature on iOS and get connected again.

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Find that your iPhone hotspot is not working? You’re not alone. Sadly, networking issues are a common problem in the world of smartphone tethering.

If your iPhone has failed to enable your personal hotspot, your iPhone hotspot is not discoverable, or you’re encountering any other hotspot problems, keep reading. We’re going to look at how to fix iPhone tethering.

1. Make Sure Tethering Is Enabled

It sounds obvious, but are you sure that you’ve turned on tethering in your iPhone’s settings? Even if it was previously enabled, you might have deactivated it by accident via the Control Center, or perhaps an iOS update turned it off without your knowledge. If it’s not turned on, your iPhone hotspot won’t be discoverable.

To check whether your personal hotspot is enabled, head to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or just Settings > Personal Hotspot and ensure the toggle is in the On position. You should see a message underneath that says Now Discoverable, along with the name of your hotspot network.

(Note: The hotspot’s name exactly mirrors the name of your device. To change the name, you need to head to Settings > General > About > Name.)

While you’re in the hotspot settings, it’s also worth making sure that your hotspot password is strong and secure. You can change the hotspot password by tapping on Wi-Fi Password.

2. If Tethering Settings Are Unavailable

For reasons that aren’t always entirely clear, some carriers disable tethering on their devices. The problem is most prevalent on locked devices that you’ve bought directly via a carrier’s shop, but it can happen on unlocked phones and tablets too.

This issue manifests itself in a number of ways. You might find that the tethering option is entirely grayed out in the Settings menu, or you might see an onscreen message that reads To enable personal hotspot on this account, contact [carrier]. Often, there will also be a spinning wheel alongside it.

Sometimes, a quick search on your carrier’s FAQs will solve the problem. The solution might be as simple as sending an SMS to your carrier to enable the setting.

Missing APN data can also be the culprit. If you know the codes, you can add them by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Cellular Network or Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options > Mobile Data Network.

However, on some occasions, the carrier might have permanently disabled the option on your account. For more information, you will need to contact your carrier’s support team and raise the issue with them.

3. Power Cycle Your Device

It’s always worth following the age-old advice of turning your device off and on again if your iPhone hotspot isn’t working. For a quicker solution, you can try turning on Airplane Mode instead. Enable it, wait 10 seconds, then disable it again.

You should also try to power cycle the device you’re trying to connect to your iPhone hotspot. Remember, the issue might be with the other device, rather than with your iPhone.

4. Try a Different Connection Method

Most people assume that in order to use a personal hotspot, you need to use a Wi-Fi connection. That’s not true. You can also use Bluetooth or even a trusty USB cable to make the connection.

By trying alternative hotspot connection methods, you can rule out (or establish!) a problem with your phone’s Wi-Fi hardware. To use a different connection method, you’ll still need to enable your personal hotspot as described earlier.

If you’re attempting to use Bluetooth, you need to pair your iPhone with the computer or mobile device you’re trying to share the hotspot with. On an iPhone, that means you need to go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the name of the device in question.

The process on your other device will be specific to the operating system. Refer to the manual, or see our guide on connecting your mobile device to a PC with Bluetooth for more guidance. If this is the first time that you’ve connected the other device, you may need to go through a PIN verification process.

Using a USB cable to connect to a hotspot is as simple as connecting your phone to a computer and selecting the hotspot from the list of available networks. USB also benefits from being the fastest type of connection. If speed is important to you, this is the best solution.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Apple might not make a MacBook that has an LTE chip inside it yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t deliver Wi-Fi to your laptop when you need it. As long as you have an iPhone handy, you can easily and securely share your connection with your MacBook or iPad in a pinch.

If your Apple devices are signed into the same iCloud account, connecting is as easy as choosing your iPhone’s name in the Wi-Fi list. Click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the status bar or head to the Wi-Fi settings on your iPad, and you’ll see a Personal Hotspot section. Tap the name of your iPhone and voila, you’ll be connected without needing to enter a password.

If you’re using a POC or a Chromebook or sharing to someone else’s iPad or Mac, you’ll need to broadcast your network. Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on the Personal Hotspot tab. Then, flip the Allow Others to Join toggle to blue, which will display your password. Then choose your iPhone’s wireless name on your other device, type in the password, and you’ll be connected.

When you allow others to join your personal hotspot, they’ll see your phone’s name in the Wi-Fi list but won’t be able to join without a password.

You can also tether your iPhone via Bluetooth or USB for a more personal network, though those methods will be a bit slower. To connect over Bluetooth, you’ll need to pair your iPhone with the other device and then connect to the Bluetooth PAN network. Similarly, to connect over USB, connect your iPhone to the other device using a Lightning-to-USB cable and connect to the device directly in the network preferences.

When you’re finished using the network, you can simply disconnect on the other device and if you’re sharing it with others, turn off the personal hotspot on your iPhone.

Of course, since you’ll technically be using your iPhone’s mobile data, be mindful of what you’re doing while connected. E-mail and web surfing will be fine, but if you plan on downloading files and streaming movies, you’ll want to keep an eye on how much data you’re using.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

When you need an internet connection, you really need an internet connection. In situations like that, you can use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Like Android phones, Apple’s iPhone supports taking your cellular connection and sharing it with other devices. That feature is handy when you’re not near Wi-Fi or if your Internet at home isn’t quite handling the load.

Does Your Plan Support It?

While your iPhone and iOS may support the feature, your carrier and plan determine if the feature is turned on or not. You’ll need to check with your carrier to see if it’s supported. You might have to change plans. For example, those on the original AT&T iPhone unlimited plan can’t tether. That’s one of the reasons I switched off that plan a few years ago.

What Is Your Data Allotment?

Even though your phone may have unlimited data, that doesn’t mean you can share it with all your devices. Every carrier has data limits on sharing your internet connection. For example, I’m on a plan that gives me unlimited data on my iPhone (yeah!) but limits it to 20 Gig tethered (boo!)

Other plans may use a pool of data you can use however you like. That might be a direct cellular connection or tethering—the aggregate usage in total. My old plan had that, but I kept hitting the limits every month and paid overage.

Turning On Personal Hotspot

Go to Settings, then Personal Hotspot, and toggle Allow Others to Join. For Wi-Fi Password, pick one that is hard to guess but easy to type. You know the drill.

That’s it. Using that connection isn’t much harder than connecting to any other Wi-Fi network.

Sharing With Devices You Own

Apple made this easy. If you’re signed in to your iCloud account on the device, all you do is go to the Wi-Fi icon in your menu bar, and your phone shows up as a Personal Hotspot. Connect to it, and you don’t even need to remember the password. This trick works on an iPad too. Just go to Settings and then Wi-Fi, and your device shows up.

Sharing With Other Devices

Whether it’s another computer, tablet, or even your Roku or Chromecast, your iPhone shows up as just another wireless network to connect to. To connect, select the name of your phone and use the Wi-Fi Password you set earlier. That’s it.

Other Ways to Share with Your iPhone: USB

Although using the Personal Hotspot through Wi-Fi is easy, interference or security might be an issue. The most secure way of connecting to your iPhone would be through a USB cable. It’s also the fastest, but usually, the Wi-FI speed is faster than the cellular connection.

On a Mac, plug in your iPhone with a cable that supports data. Not all Lightning Cables support data, but the one Apple includes always does. If you haven’t connected the iPhone to your Mac before, your iPhone will ask you to trust the newly discovered computer.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Once you trust the Mac, you’re connected.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

On a PC, you’ll also have to use a data cable and trust the computer. Then, if you don’t have another network connection, the PC will automatically use your iPhone.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Bluetooth: Sure, But Why?

Bluetooth is more secure than Wi-Fi, but it’s slower. I can’t find a good use case for it but then go for it if you want to use it.

On a Mac, go to System Preferences, then Bluetooth. If your iPhone isn’t already paired to your Mac, click Connect and then accept the pairing on your iPhone. The pairing is a one-time request. Once it’s paired, you won’t have to do this again.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

To share the cellular connection, go to the Bluetooth icon on your menu bar, select your iPhone, and then Connect to Network.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

On a PC, it’s again more complex. You’ll need to Access the Bluetooth options in Windows 10 and select Join a Personal Area Network. The easiest way to do that is from the Bluetooth icon in the system tray.

Then you’ll need to Add A Device and select your iPhone. Pair it to your PC by accepting the pairing codes just like any other Bluetooth device.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Just like on a Mac, once it’s set up, you won’t have to do this again. To use your cellular connection, go to that same Bluetooth icon and Join a Personal Area Network. Your iPhone will show up. All you need to do is right-click and then select Connect Using, then select Access Point.

Test it Now, Just In Case for Later

When you need an internet connection, you really need an internet connection. I’m looking at your super-slow hotel Wi-Fi. Some of this requires some initial setup, so if you do it now, you’ll be able to instantly hookup later.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Tethering technology allows you to share your phone’s mobile data connection with other devices like tablet computers and notebooks. In order to tether an iPhone to your Apple laptop, you need to have an iPhone 3GS or later versions. You may also need to contact your business’s mobile service provider to ensure that the data tethering option is active on your phone.

Tap your iPhone’s “Settings” button, then tap the “General” button and select “Network” from the list of available options.

Tap “Personal Hotspot” to activate tethering. The button turns from “Off” to “On,” indicating that tethering is active. If you don’t see Personal Hotspot listed in the Network window, but instead see “Set Up Personal Hotspot,” tethering is not active on your mobile data plan. Contact your wireless carrier to add the service before proceeding.

Tap the type of tethering you would like to activate. Options include "Bluetooth" and "Wi-Fi and USB." To use Wi-Fi tethering, you need to have an iPhone 4 or later.

Turn on your Apple laptop. If you selected USB tethering, attach a USB cable between your iPhone and laptop.

Confirm your tethering connection. If you’re tethering via USB, your laptop displays a message that reads “New Interface Detected.” Click “OK” to confirm. If you’re tethering via Bluetooth, click the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your screen, then click the name of your iPhone from the list of available Bluetooth connections. Click “Connect to Network” to confirm. If you’re tethering via Wi-Fi, click the Airport icon in the top right of your screen, then click the name of your iPhone from the list of available Wi-Fi connections.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Apple’s line of iPhones is one of the most popular family of smartphones on the market and continually wins praise for its performance. Apple’s home-grown A-series processors offer industry-leading performance that makes the iPhone an absolute powerhouse. Recent models have added 5G, providing high-speed data connectivity to complement the iPhone’s processing capabilities.

One noticeable omission from Apple’s product line, however, is a cellular-equipped Mac. While various PC laptops have offered the ability to install a SIM card for years, Apple has never offered a Mac with this ability. The closest it has come is a cellular-equipped iPad, but that’s still a far cry from a full-fledged Mac.

Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to use your iPhone as a hotspot for your Mac — or any other device for that matter — giving you the ability to access the internet on your Mac anywhere your iPhone has service.

Using Your iPhone As A Hotspot

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Using your iPhone as a hotspot basically means that you’re using it as a wireless modem for your Mac, much like your Wi-Fi router at home. As a result, there are similarities between connecting your Mac to your iPhone and connecting it to a standard Wi-Fi router.

To use your iPhone as a hotspot, go to the Settings app and select “Personal Hotspot.”

Toggle the slider next to “Allow Others to Join” to the On position.

iOS creates a default password that devices must normally use to access your iPhone’s hotspot. If you would like to change this, tap the password field and enter the password of your choice.

If you have Family Sharing enabled on your iCloud account, you can allow family members to connect to your phone without a password (via Apple). To do this, tap the “Family Sharing” button, make sure the toggle is set to On, and select which family member will be able to join automatically.

Once your hotspot settings are enabled, click your computer’s Wi-Fi icon, select your iPhone from the list of available networks, and enter the password you selected.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

A personal hotspot can be a lifesaver. When you find yourself somewhere that has no WiFi, you can share your phone’s cellular connection with your laptop and other devices to get online.

Unfortunately, your cellular provider needs to support personal hotspots to make this work, and the underlying technology can sometimes be a little finicky. If you have trouble making your iPhone’s personal hotspot work, here are eight tips to troubleshoot the connection and get up and running.

Ensure your carrier supports Apple’s personal hotspot

If this is the first time you’re trying to use a personal hotspot with this particular iPhone or with a new wireless carrier, it’s worth making sure that cellular service plan supports personal hotspots. Not all offer this feature (though these days, most do), and it’s possible that your carrier will not allow you to “tether” your iPhone’s cellular service to other devices.

On your iPhone, start the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. If the settings are disabled or you see a message to contact your wireless carrier, call customer service and see if it’s possible to upgrade your service to get access to hotspots.

Make sure the personal hotspot is turned on

If your carrier allows you to share your cellular service with a hotspot, first things first: Make sure it’s turned on.

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap Personal Hotspot.

3. Make sure Allow Others to Join is turned on by swiping the button to the right.

4. If you want to, customize the WiFi password from the same menu.

Be sure you’re not in Airplane Mode

If your iPhone is accidentally set to Airplane mode , the Personal Hotspot will be disabled and you won’t be able to select it — in fact, your phone may behave as if your carrier doesn’t support personal hotspots. Pull the Control Center down from the top of the screen and make sure that Airplane Mode is turned off.

Toggle WiFi on the device you want to connect to the hotspot

If you’ve turned on your hotspot and it’s not appearing in the list of WiFi networks on the device you want to connect, turn WiFi off on that device and then turn it back on again. You can do this by directly disabling WiFi or by turning Airplane mode on and then back off again. In many cases, the device will be able to find the hotspot when it’s re-enabled.

Maximize Compatibility on your iPhone 12

There is another setting that you might need to tweak to get your devices to properly see and connect to your hotspot. If you have an iPhone 12 and your personal hotspot isn’t working, start the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. Then, at the bottom of the page, turn on Maximize Compatibility by swiping the button to the right. This can fix problems that occasionally crop up with the iPhone 12’s ability to share 5G networks.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, it’s also worth ensuring that you are running the latest version of iOS on your iPhone and your other device’s operating system is up to date as well.

Restart all your devices

Sometimes it takes a restart to force your devices to see and connect to a personal hotspot. Restart your iPhone and any other devices you are trying to connect to the personal hotspot. When all the devices are fully restarted, make sure the personal hotspot is enabled and try connecting again.

Try a different connection method

You might be surprised to learn that there are several ways to tether devices to your iPhone’s cellular connection; in addition to WiFi (which is the most common), you can also connect via Bluetooth or a USB cable. Using one of these other methods can sometimes work if there’s a glitch with your iPhone’s WiFi network settings.

To try one of these other methods, follow the instructions on the Personal Hotspot page in Settings — just connect your laptop or other device to the iPhone with Bluetooth or connect them with a USB cable. To use a wired connection on a Windows computer, you will also need to first install iTunes and log into your Apple account with your Apple ID and password.

Reset your network settings

Occasionally, your iPhone’s network settings may become corrupted or confused, and resetting them can allow your personal hotspot to work again. You might want to exercise a small amount of caution with this troubleshooting step, though; when you reset your network settings, all saved networks and WiFi passwords will be erased, so you’ll need to manually reconnect to all your favorite WiFi networks.

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap Transfer or Reset Phone.

4. Tap Reset.

5. In the pop-up menu, tap Reset Network Settings.

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Newer iPhone devices support tethering, which allows your iPhone to become an instant hotspot effectively. iPhone tethering is great until suddenly it doesn’t work.

Common errors can be attributed to improperly set iPhone settings, outdated device drivers, and incompatible iPhones.

Our tethering connection guide should resolve most of your connection issues.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Step 1: Is Your iPhone Up To Date?

The iPhone must be 3GS or newer with a phone data plan that includes tethering. Preliminary steps to avoid promptly resolve the failure will require you to:

  • Restart the iPhone used for tethering
  • Make sure the latest iOS update is installed – Failing to update your iPhone could impact performance and cause issues.
  • Reset your iPhone Network – resetting your network can easily fix a tethering issue

Step 2: Is Your Hotspot Switched On?

To tether your iPhone first make sure the feature is switched on. The hotspot feature must be switched on in the iPhone. Do this by:

  • On the iPhone go to Settings
  • Then Select Cellular or Settings (this depends on your iPhone version)
  • Select Personal Hotspot
  • Swipe the Personal Hotspot slider to turn it on.

Note: If the Personal Hotspot option is not present, contact your phone carrier. (Tethering is an optional feature that is not always part of a service plan.)

Step 3: Check Your Computer Settings (For Mac Users Only)

Computer settings may be improperly configured to accept new connections. These steps should resolve most iPhone USB connection issues:

  • Make sure iTunes is up to date
  • Use a USB Cable to connect the iPhone to the Mac (trust the device if a prompt is received)
  • Open iTunes and make sure that your devices are visible (if it’s not visible use a different cable)
  • Select System Preferences
  • Select Network
  • Select iPhone USB (if it’s not present, select the + sign to add it)
  • Click Settings and Make Service Active
  • Click Apply

Note: If a different network connection is active, the hotspot may not work unless Disable, unless needed, is unchecked.

Step 4: Check Your Computer Settings (For Windows Users Only)

Computer settings may be improperly configured to accept new connections. These steps should resolve most iPhone USB connection issues:

  • Make sure iTunes is updated to its latest version
  • Use a USB Cable to connect the iPhone to the Mac (trust the device if a prompt is received)
  • Open iTunes and make sure that your devices are visible (if it’s not visible use a different cable)
  • On Windows Start, open the Settings
  • Select Network & Internet
  • A Remote NDIS based Internet Sharing Device should appear
  • Enable it, and your devices are now tethered

If you are still unable to tether your iPhone: Continue to the advanced windows troubleshooting steps.

Step 4(continued): Advanced Windows Troubleshooting Steps

Additional troubleshooting may be required if the PC cannot detect the iPhone device on Windows.

Open and Run the Network Troubleshooter

The built-in Windows troubleshooter can diagnose most network problems. Run the built-in Network troubleshooter by following the steps:

Step 5: Go to Windows Start

  1. Search for Settings
  2. Navigate to Network & Internet
  3. Select Status
  4. In Change your network settings select Network Troubleshooter
  5. Follow the prompts

Temporarily Deactivate your Firewall

Firewalls can occasionally cause tethering issues by blocking incoming connections. Check your firewall’s documentation to temporary turn off your firewall, then retry tethering your iPhone.

Be sure to re-enable the firewall with an exemption for your iPhone device if successful. Leaving your firewall off could leave your computer exposed to vulnerabilities.

Temporarily Deactivate Antivirus & Malware-protection Software

Like firewalls, malware-protection software may prevent iPhones from tethering. Check your specific antivirus software for directions on turning it off.

Be sure to re-enable the firewall with an exemption for your iPhone device if successful. Leaving your firewall off could leave your computer exposed to malware.

Step 6: Update your USB Drivers

The Network Troubleshooter cannot always Identify the Network Issue. Outdated USB drivers can occasionally cause issues with iPhone tethering.

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Other Errors

Still experiencing problems? Here are some other things to try:

Error 0xe8000A

This error means that there is a version inconsistency between your software on your computer and your phone. If you’re receiving this error when you’re trying to connect your iPhone to your PC, you will need to update Windows 10, your iPhone, and your iTunes/Apple software on your PC.

Tethering your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable (so that you can use its internet connection) is easy. In this article, we will walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Turn on your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot. To do this, open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. Then toggle the switch on.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

Step 2: Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Step 3: Connect (or “tether”) your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable. When you do this, iTunes should immediately recognize your device. If an alert appears asking if you “Trust this Computer,” click Trust.
NOTE: If Speedify is running on your computer, just wait a moment for it to recognize the tethered iPhone. If you’re trying to use it without Speedify, continue to Step 4.

Step 4: Now it’s time to get you connected! Open System Preferences on your Mac. Then click Network and select iPhone USB. If you don’t see it, click to add it. If you are already connected to Wi-FI (or another connection), your Personal Hotspot connection might not activate until you uncheck “Disable unless needed” under Status.

Most laptops and tablets don’t have cellular connectivity and rely on Wi-Fi for a connection to the internet. If you need a connection when you’re out and about, you could search for some free public Wi-Fi, but that’s always a risk – there could be a hacker lurking on the network waiting to steal sensitive information. We’d recommend that you use your iPhone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and simply connect your tablet, laptop or another phone to your iPhone and let the other device share its internet connection.

This is called tethering, or internet sharing, and while most carriers initially charged extra to use the functionality, most mobile providers allow this free of charge now. (But if you don’t see Personal Hotspot in your iPhone’s settings, then speak to your carrier to find out why. It might be that your tariff doesn’t support tethering.) Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot is much like having a mobile Wi-Fi router, but with no extra hardware required.

Once you’ve enabled the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, any device with Wi-Fi can connect to the internet via your iPhone’s data connection. Do note that the other device will behave as if it’s on a home broadband connection and may download app updates, perform backups and other things that can quickly burn through your data allowance, so watch out for this when sharing your connection and keep an eye on your data usage.

How to enable a Wi-Fi hotspot on an iPhone

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

  1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot.
  2. Toggle the slider to turn it on if it’s not enabled already.
  3. You may be prompted to turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi if they are off, but later versions of iOS don’t warn you. In fact, in iOS 13, enabling Wi-Fi will disable the hotspot and disconnect any devices using it.
  4. Tap Wi-Fi Password and enter a password. This will be the password you enter after tapping on the hotspot name in the list of Wi-Fi networks on the other device.
  5. Take note of the name of the hotspot so you can provide others with both the Wi-Fi network name and password when they wish to get online using your connection.

Why is my Personal Hotspot not in the list of Wi-Fi networks?

If you can’t see your phone’s hotspot on the other device, check that Personal Hotspot is discoverable. To do this, open Control Centre by swiping down from the top of the screen (up from the bottom on older iPhones).

Long-press or ‘deep’ press on the top-left section to display the Personal Hotspot shortcut. It’s likely it will be greyed out and say ‘Off’ or ‘Not discoverable’. Simply tap it and wait until it turns green and the description changes to ‘Discoverable’. Now the hotspot should appear in the list of Wi-Fi networks on your other devices.

How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

From that point, it’s as simple as connecting to the Wi-Fi hotspot as you would any other Wi-Fi network on your tablet, laptop or other internet-connected gadget and, once you’re done, simply toggle the Personal Hotspot off to save battery life.

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If your iPhone won’t connect to computer because personal hotspot is not working, the first thing you need to try is to restart the iPhone that provides personal hotspot. Make sure as well that the iPhone is running the latest iOS version. Update your iOS when needed.

If the personal hotspot is still not working, troubleshoot further using the potential solutions we listed below. Read on…

Fix Can’t Connect to Personal Hotspot, iPhone Won’t Connect to Computer

With personal hotspot, you can share internet connection from your iPhone to other compatible devices that support tethering. Nonetheless, there may be some instances when you can’t get personal hotspot to work and your iPhone won’t connect to the computer or other devices. Read on to find out how to fix this problem then.

Relevant issues that can be addressed with the given solution are as follows:

  • Trying to share your iPhone mobile data using personal hotspot with your computer, PC, mac, or ipad, and not getting any internet access or “limited connectivity”. not working.
  • Can’t connect to internet from iPhone.
  • Can’t share iPhone mobile data.
  • Sharing internet through personal hotspot not working on iPhone. iPhone won’t connect to computer.

Recommended Solution

    • First, you have to make sure to erase or “forget” the saved WiFi connection that belongs to the iPhone that’s not currently working. Click below for a guide on how to do that depending on your device if you don’t know how:
      • If you have a mac, click here
      • If you have a pc running windows 8, click here
      • If you have a pc running windows 7, click here
      • If you have an iPad or iPhone, click here
        • Once you’ve completed that, take the iPhone 6 you’re trying to hotspot with and perform a Reset Network Settings (Note: This will erase saved WiFi passwords on your device, so remember to reconnect to WiFi after this step).
            • Go to Settings > General and then tap on Reset.
            • Select Reset Network Settings.
              • Then go into Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and change the WiFi password.
              • Turn Personal Hotspot ON.
              • Then connect to the “iPhone” internet connection on the device you’re trying to connect from and enter the new password you configured.
              • If issue persists, try sharing your internet connection by plugging the iPhone directly into the computer you’re trying to connect, then turning Personal Hotspot ON.

              There are still other methods you can try to rule out other common factors that can trigger tethering problems to occur on your iPhone. If the given solution failed to fix the problem and personal hotspot is still not working on your iPhone, then you may consider giving them a try and see if they can help.

              I hope that we are able to help you fix the personal hotspot issue on your iPhone device. If you find this information helpful, feel free to share this post.

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              How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac

              Wherever you are in the world, there’s no such thing as a totally reliable Wi-Fi connection. Sometimes, your phone has got to step in and help out with a much-needed network boost.

              Luckily, most Apple devices have a handy function called Personal Hotspot, which lets you share the mobile data connection of your iPhone or iPad when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network.

              Here, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to both activate it and connect to it – and don’t worry, this should work for all generations of iPhone, whether you own an iPhone 12 Pro or an iPhone 6S.

              How to set up Personal Hotspot

              To turn your own device into a mobile hotspot, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot, depending on your iPhone model. Tap the slider next to Allow Others to Join to make your device discoverable.

              You’ll need to set up a Wi-Fi password to allow others to tether to your own device. Bear in mind that you’re only allowed to use ASCII characters when choosing your password (which includes all English letters, numbers and some punctuation marks), as non-ASCII characters (including Japanese, Russian, Chinese and other languages) won’t work.

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

              How to connect to Personal Hotspot

              You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.

              Using Wi-Fi, follow the previous step to set up a device with Personal Hotspot. Then on the device you want to connect, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and look for the named iPhone or iPad in the list. Then tap the Wi-Fi network to join. If asked, enter the password for the Personal Hotspot (you can set up Family Sharing so that your family can join your Personal Hotspot without needing to enter the password, which we’ll detail further on).

              To use Personal Hotspot using Bluetooth, the steps are a little different. First you’ll have to pair your iPhone with your computer using a generated code, making sure it’s discoverable by going to Settings > Bluetooth.

              On Mac, click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. Choose the iOS device that provides the Personal Hotspot, then choose Connect to Network. You can confirm your connection in System Preferences > Network.

              On your Windows PC, click the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area and choose Join A Personal Area Network. Right-click your device and hover your pointer over “Connect using”, then select “Access point”.

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

              To connect to a hotspot using USB, first make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with the USB cable that came with your device (that’s the one usually plugged into the charging plug). If you see an alert that says “Trust This Computer?”, tap Trust.

              Make sure that you can locate and view your iPhone or iPad in iTunes (on PC) or the Finder (on Mac). If your Mac doesn’t recognize your device, try a different USB cable.

              How to disconnect a device

              To disconnect a device, turn off Personal Hotspot (slide Allow Others to Join tab), turn off Bluetooth or unplug the USB cable from your device.

              How to let your family join automatically

              You can set up Family Sharing so that your family can join your Personal Hotspot automatically – without needing to enter the password.

              On your device with Personal Hotspot, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Family Sharing.

              Turn on Family Sharing. Tap the name of each of your family members and set whether they need to ask for approval or join your Personal Hotspot automatically.

              Useful tips

              When you connect a device to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar turns blue and shows how many devices have joined. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot at one time depends on your network provider and iPhone model.

              If other devices have joined your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, you can only use mobile data to connect to the internet from the host device.

              With iOS 13 or later, devices that are connected to a Personal Hotspot will stay connected, even if the screen is locked, so those devices will still receive notifications and messages.

              Certain apps and features that require a Wi-Fi connection might not work while using a Personal Hotspot. For example, you might not be able to make an iCloud backup or upload photos to iCloud Photo Library or Photo Stream.

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              Use OS X MacBook as Wi-Fi Hotspot Open System Preferences > Sharing > check Internet Sharing on the left. On the right, expand the drop-down menu next to Share your connection from: and select the connection you want to share. You can share Internet connections from Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or even iPhone USB.

              Can I make a hotspot from my laptop Mac?

              Click the Apple logo in the top-left-hand corner of your display and choose “System Preferences.” In the System Preferences window, select “Sharing.” Then select “Internet Sharing” from the list of services. On the right side of the screen, pick the source of your Internet connection.

              How do I turn my Mac into a hotspot?

              How to create a hotspot on your Mac Go to Apple menu > System Preferences. Choose the Sharing pane. In the left part of the window, select Internet Sharing. Click on the dropdown menu next to ‘Share your connection from’ and choose an option. In the window ‘to computers using,’ check the box next to one of the options.

              How can I make my laptop as wifi hotspot?

              Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile hotspot. For Share my Internet connection from, choose the Internet connection you want to share. Select Edit > enter a new network name and password > Save. Turn on Share my Internet connection with other devices.

              Why won’t my hotspot work on my Mac?

              On the device that provides Personal Hotspot, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure Allow Others to Join is on. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is on. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is on.5 days ago.

              Why can’t my laptop find my hotspot?

              Reset the Android network settings Choose Network & Internet. Tap on the 3-dot menu and select Reset Wi-Fi, mobile, & Bluetooth. Confirm the selection and reset Network settings. After that, reconfigure the hotspot with the previously suggested settings and try connecting again.

              Why my laptop can’t connect to hotspot?

              Update Network Adapter Driver An incompatible or outdated network adapter driver can cause your laptop not to connect to the Android hotspot. Step 1: Open Device Manager and click Network adapters to expand the list. Check for your network adapter, right-click on it, and select Update driver.

              Why cant my computer connect to my hotspot?

              Restart your hotspot and computer Whether you have a standalone hotspot like the Verizon Jetpack, a Nighthawk LTE or a MiFi, or you’re trying to share your internet connection from your iOS or Android smartphone, start by resetting or rebooting your hotspot. Many issues can be resolved with a simple reboot and reset.

              Why my laptop can’t connect to my iPhone hotspot?

              If you still can’t connect to Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth. On your devices, turn Bluetooth off and back on: On your iOS or iPadOS devices, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth off and back on. On your PC, choose Settings, click the Bluetooth icon , then turn Bluetooth off and back on.

              Why I cant connect my iPhone hotspot to laptop?

              Try disabling and reenabling Personal Hotspot from Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > General > Cellular > Personal Hotspot. Install the latest version of iOS. Tap Settings > General > Software Update. Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

              How do I use my iPhone as a hotspot for my laptop?

              Setting it up Go to your iPhone’s on-screen Settings. Look for Personal Hotspot; or General, followed by Network, and finally Personal Hotspot. Tap on Personal Hotspot and then slide the switch to On. Then connect the iPhone to your laptop or tablet using a USB cable or Bluetooth.

              How do I use my iPhone as a hotspot for my Mac?

              Here’s how to connect to your Personal Hotspot: On your Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar to choose the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot . On your iPad, iPod touch, or another iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot .

              How do I connect my iPhone hotspot to my laptop without USB?

              On the device that you want to connect to, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure that it’s on. Then verify the Wi-Fi password and name of the phone. Stay on this screen until you’ve connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.

              Can I use my phone’s data on my laptop?

              With data tethering, you can use your mobile internet on your PC, laptop, or tablet. All you need is an Android phone! Need an internet connection for your PC or laptop, but do not have access to public Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: connect your smartphone’s mobile internet connection to your PC.

              Is tethering the same as hotspot?

              Difference between tethering and hotspot Tethering requires high-speed connection while hotspot requires medium to high-speed internet connection. Tethering used less battery and is relatively cheaper as compared to hotspot while hotspot uses more battery. Hotspot uses a high amount of data as compared to tethering.

              Is it bad for your phone to use it as a hotspot?

              Mobile hotspots are, usually, significantly slower than Wi-Fi or even MiFi hotspots. Additionally, turning your phone into a hotspot can mean massive data overcharges. This type of mobile hotspot can eat up your data and use up your monthly data allowance much more quickly than you otherwise would.

              Is USB tethering faster than hotspot?

              Tethering is the process of sharing mobile internet connection with the connected computer using Bluetooth or USB cable.Difference between USB Tethering and Mobile Hotspot : USB TETHERING MOBILE HOTSPOT The internet speed obtained in connected computer is faster. While the internet speed is little slow using hotspot.

              Which is better hotspot or tethering?

              Tethering is the most reliable method to connect laptops or any other device to the internet. Hotspot provides easy accessibility of the internet to multiple devices at a time. Tethering is more efficient because it uses less data than hotspots. Tethering requires a high-speed internet connection.

              Does USB tethering count as hotspot?

              Hotspot data is consumed whenever a connected device uses a smartphone’s internet connection. USB, Bluetooth, and WiFi can be used to tether devices to a mobile phone for internet access. Transfering locally-stored files between a cell phone and laptop over USB will not consume hotspot data quota.

              How can I tether my hotspot without data?

              Method 2 – PdaNet Install PdaNet+ from the Google Play store. Install PdaNet desktop application on your Windows PC or Mac. Start the application. Open PdaNet+ on your phone and check the Activate USB Mode box and also Hide Tether Usage. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.

              Although a good public Wi-Fi network is getting easier and easier to find, there are still some times when it’s a struggle to find one to connect to. Fortunately, as long as you have a Mac or iPhone that is connected to the Internet there is a good chance it will be able to share it’s signal with your other devices.

              For example, if an iPhone has 3G or 4G data then you can share it with a Mac by setting up a personal hotspot. Alternatively, if your Mac is connected to the Internet via an Ethernet cable, it can share that with iOS devices over Wi-Fi.

              In this tutorial I’ll show you how to turn an iPhone or a Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can always connect all your devices.

              How to Turn an iPhone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

              One of my favourite things about the iPhone is that I’m able to share its 3G data connection with a Mac by tethering it. It’s incredibly useful when I need to do some real work but can’t get to a coffeeshop. or the available public Wi-Fi is awful.

              Although I’m saying iPhone, if you’ve got a 3G capable iPad the process is the exact same.

              Whether you’re able to create a personal hotspot or not with an iPhone depends on the service plan you’re on. The plan from my network provider draws no distinction between data used by my iPhone and data it shares over a personal hotspot but that is not always the case.

              Some plans, especially in the US, require you to pay extra to be able to share the Internet connection. If the options don’t appear in Settings, it’s probably because your plan prevents tethering the iPhone.

              Assuming your particular network provider allows you to share your Internet connection, open the Settings app on the iPhone. Select Personal Hotspot and turn the switch On. By default iOS will create a Wi-Fi password but you can set your own by entering a new one.

              How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macHow to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macSetting up a Personal Hotspot on an iPhone.

              With Personal Hotspot you can share a connection over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB. You’ll need Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on if you want to use them. If they’re not, iOS will prompt you to do so. It’s only possible to share the iPhone’s data connection; you can’t use it as a repeater to share a Wi-Fi connection.

              When Personal Hotspot is turned on, it will appear as another Wi-Fi network, albeit a short ranged one, to any devices near by.

              Select the Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi network name from the list and enter the Wi-Fi password. If you want to connect via Bluetooth, pair the Mac and iOS device.

              Similarly, if you want to connect using a USB cable, plug the cable into the two devices. Data sharing will start automatically in both cases.

              How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macHow to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macConnecting to an iPhone’s Personal Hotspot.

              Be warned, using an iPhone as a personal hotspot can drain its battery life quite quickly. If you’re planning to use it for a long time, plug it in to either the Mac or a wall socket.

              How Turn a Mac into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

              Turning a Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot requires a little more effort because it doesn’t have a data connection of its own. Instead, it needs to be connected to the Internet via Ethernet or through a USB 3G dongle. It can’t share a Wi-Fi network if it’s connected to one.

              I find I share my Mac’s Internet connection when I’m in foreign hotels that provide free Internet over an Ethernet port but require you to pay for Wi-Fi. I connect my Mac to the Ethernet port in the room and then use it to share the Internet to all my other iOS devices.

              How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macHow to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or mac How to use your iphone’s personal hotspot to tether a pc or macSetting up Internet Sharing.

              To set up a Mac as a Wi-Fi hotspot, go to the Sharing Preference Pane in System Preferences. From the list, select Internet Sharing.

              Select the connection you wish to share. I’m using iPhone USB.

              Select Wi-Fi from the list. To add security to the Wi-Fi network, open Wi-Fi Options and add a password.

              Click the checkbox next to Internet Sharing to start broadcasting the Wi-Fi network. The Mac will now share the network it’s connected to as a Wi-Fi network.

              Tip: This can also work in the opposite direction. A Mac can share a Wi-Fi network over Ethernet or a USB wireless dongle.

              Wrapping Up

              As long as your particular carrier supports it, Personal Hotspot is an incredibly useful feature. If you’re travelling you can pick up a cheap data SIM and use it with an iOS device to provide a Mac with Internet.

              One thing to be careful of is that a Mac can pull down a lot of data very quickly. If you have automatic updates turned on and a fast 3G connection, you can blow through your entire data plan in well under an hour.

              This is something I’ve looked at more in my tutorial on preparing a Mac for travel so if you’re going to be using Personal Hotspot a lot you should check that out too.

              Sharing a Mac’s Wi-Fi connection is useful in surprising ways. While I mainly use it while I’m travelling, in the past I’ve used it to provide Wi-Fi to an area of my house that my router didn’t cover well. It’s not something you’ll use all the time but when you find a need for it, you’ll be incredibly grateful for the feature.

              If you’ve any questions about sharing Wi-Fi from an iPhone or a Mac, feel free to ask away in the comments. I’m happy to help.

              You can easily tether a laptop or tablet to your iPhone to connect to the internet.

              This is a common scenario: You’re away from a stable wifi connection and need to get work done on a screen that’s larger than your iPhone. You have a tablet or a laptop at the ready, but no cellular connectivity on those devices—which means no way to connect to the internet. Or so you thought.

              If your phone’s cellular data plan includes mobile hotspot support, you can easily let your larger device siphon internet data from your iPhone. There are a couple of caveats: Using up iPhone data will drain your phone’s battery life, and your plan may only support up to a certain amount of hotspot data per month, so make sure you watch your usage and plan to charge up your phone once you’re done working.

              Here’s how to set up your hotspot: From the Settings app on your iPhone, tap Cellular, then Personal Hotspot. Toggle on Allow others to join. You can connect to your iPhone’s data using wifi, Bluetooth, or USB.

              If you choose wifi, open your laptop or tablet’s wifi settings, then choose the name of your iPhone from the list of available networks. Your iPhone has a mobile hotspot wifi password, which you may need to type in to connect to the network. If both your iPhone and your laptop or tablet are signed into your iCloud account, you won’t have to enter a password to connect.

              Apple turned the iPhone 12 into a faster mobile hotspot, with the ability to connect to devices over 5GHz wifi instead of the 2.4GHz on previous iPhones. In your Personal Hotspot settings, you can toggle on a Maximize compatibility option to revert back to 2.4GHz wifi, which is useful if you’re trying to tether a device that only supports 2.4GHz wifi to your iPhone.

              If you choose Bluetooth, pair your iPhone to your computer and then either tap the Pair prompt that pops up or enter a code displayed on your computer. You can also connect your computer via USB—just plug the iPhone in, then choose your device from the list of network services in your settings.