How to Use iPhone as Hotspot

By Lois Green, Monday, Jananry 25, 2016

Updated on Wednesday, May 31, 2017: Added a video guide to set up hotspot.

Why Should I Create a Wi-Fi Hotspot with My iPhone?

Turning your iPhone 6s/6/5s/5 into a hotspot has many potential benefits. Let's say you are camping outdoors and have either your tablet or PC with you, but no Wi-Fi in sight. You even cannot log into your Facebook or going through your mail. However, as long as you've got an iPhone with a 3G or 4G data connection with you, your problem can be easily solved using Personal Hotspot.

Personal Hotspot is a feature of iOS that lets iPhone running iOS 4.3 and higher share their wireless data connection with other nearby devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB (the feature is also referred to by its generic name, tethering).

By setting up hotspot on your iPhone, you can connect any type of devices to the internet through your iPhone. These devices include Windows PC, Mac computer, Android phones, iPad, portable gaming consoles and anything at all that can connect to Wi-Fi.

How to Set up Hotspot on iPhone 6s/6/5s

1. Navigate to Settings, Cellular and tap Personal Hotspot to begin the setup process.

2. Turn on Personal Hotspot.

Set Up Hotspot on iPhone

3. Look for your iPhone's name as an available Wi-Fi network.

4. Enter the password listed in the Wi-Fi Password field when prompted to do so.

5. Now you can use Bluetooth, USB or Wi-Fi to connect your other device to your iPhone.

6. Don't forget to turn the Personal Hotspot switch off when you're finished using it to avoid extra data charges.

What You Need to Know about Using iPhone Hotspot

• 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, it is probably you have a limited amount of 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.

• Your 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.

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