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How to Use iPhone as HotSpot & Connect to Laptop for Internet

This guide will show you how to enable and use Personal Hotspot on iPhone. This feature is available on all models of iPhone & I’m testing this with iPhone 6.

In case if you don’t know about what hotspot can do for you. Let me quickly explain it:

With iPhone hotspot feature you can use your mobile internet on your laptop or other devices. Your iPhone will work as a Wi-fi device & use your mobile internet. This is handy when you are traveling, or you need backup internet.

You can only enable mobile hotspot on your iPhone if your carrier allows tethering. If it does, you are in luck.

Earlier iPhone had the Internet tethering feature, but it could only be used via USB or Bluetooth therefore limiting the usage on laptops and desktop computers. Now with the addition of wi-fi hotspot, you can share the internet with other devices too like iPod Touch, iPad, and other smartphones.

How to turn hotspot on iPhone:

To use Personal Hotspot feature on iPhone, the first thing you need to ensure is your phone has mobile data enabled. If you are currently connected to Wi-fi, disable it & also disable Bluetooth.

Once done, go to iPhone Settings > Personal hotspot and tap on the switch to turn it On. You can use the default password for hotspot security, or you can set up a custom password. Enter your password and tap on Done.

You will then be asked how do you want to enable the mobile hotspot. Usually, I go for Wi-fi and USB only. It will turn on all the radios that are turned on at the moment and also allow you to turn on the ones that are off if desired.

You can now connect any device by selecting the wi-fi network we created above. It will have the same name as your iPhone.

Once any device connects to your personal hotspot, the status bar on your iPhone will turn blue. It will also show the number of devices connected. You can connect a maximum of five devices.

The hotspot will automatically turn off after staying idle for more than an hour. This will save your iPhone battery from draining. After you have enabled Personal Hotspot once, it will appear on the first page of Settings app, and you won’t have to travel through multiple panes to enable or disable it.

If you have any other questions related to Personal Hotspot or iPhone feel free to ask us via comments.

Article by Rajat

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  • mRH April 6, 2011, 10:11 am

    i’m on iphone 4, ios 4.3.1, but there is no option for wifi hotspot..
    what shoud i do?

    thanks..

  • vineet April 11, 2011, 2:08 pm

    I have iPhone4 OS 4.1, and using Airtel. How to enable this feature as I don’t see this option.

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