There are many times when using your iPhone as a hotspot can be handy. You may want to connect to your phone’s cellular wireless network when you’re away from a secure Wi-Fi network and don’t want to connect to a public Wi-Fi network. Maybe the Wi-Fi isn’t working, or it’s unreliable and slow, and you just need to connect to send a quick email, book a ride, or download some videos. Wireless carrier plans are bigger these days than they were in the past. Many carriers even offer unlimited data by limiting your speed when you go over the limit, rather than completely turning off data or charging you for going over the limit. This makes using a personal hotspot much more attractive than a few years ago.
Using one of the best iPhones as a hotspot is very easy and only requires a few steps.
1. Go to Settings.
2. Scroll down and select personal hotspot.
3. Move the slider under Allow others to join right to turn it on (it will turn green).
4. On a computer such as a MacBook, go to wifi symbol at the top of the screen and select. For a Windows device or Chromebook, the Wi-Fi indicator will be in the lower right corner.
5. Under Personal hotspots, you will see the iPhone name. Select it. OR
6. On a tablet such as an iPad, go to Settings, Wi-Fiand iPhone will show up as an available network with a chain link icon next to it instead of the Wi-Fi symbol.
7. When connecting for the first time on a computer or tablet, a pop-up window will ask for a password.
8. Go back to iPhone and type wifi password which appears on the personal hotspot in the iPad or laptop. This will be a sequence of 12 random letters and numbers (blurred below for privacy).
9. After you connect once, the device will remember this hotspot and will automatically connect without requiring you to re-enter your password as long as you save Allow others to join on, or after you turn it on.
Note that with some Apple devices, you can simply bring your iPhone close to it to activate Personal Hotspot, if the secondary device is in the phone’s contacts, it will instantly grant access with your permission, although this method can sometimes be finicky. There is also the option to use Bluetooth to connect by selecting “Pair” on the iPhone, entering the code displayed on the computer, and connecting like any other Bluetooth device. This will help save battery power, but the connection will also be slower. Finally, a wired connection is also possible via USB: connect your phone to your computer, select iPhone from the list of networks and connect. This may be the most stable connection, but it requires a literal binding. Bottom line: Wi-Fi is the easiest way to connect on the go.
Why Use a Personal Hotspot?
Using your iPhone’s cellular connection, just like on the new iPhone 14, you can do everything from browsing the web to streaming videos, playing games, checking email, etc. -Fi speed. Just be mindful of what your plan includes so that if you have limited data, you won’t go over the limit. For example, streaming HD video or downloading large files can consume a lot of data: approximately 3 GB per hour, which is 6 GB for a two-hour movie. But simple tasks like downloading an email, sending iMessages, or even making a weird video call won’t take up much space. And having a personal hotspot as a backup can be a lifesaver in a pinch.
Also be aware that a personal hotspot can drain your iPhone’s battery, so it’s important to be near a power source to recharge it as needed, or have a portable charger handy. Check your iPhone’s battery health as well to make sure your iPhone is in perfect condition to perform the tasks you need with Personal Hotspot without sinking too fast.
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