Imaging visiting friends or relatives in a distant country, and the people you are visiting do not have a regular internet connection. How about going out with your friends, only to find out that your mobile data is not working. You might find yourself in a position where you really need access to the internet. Thankfully, it is possible to share data connections on iPhones with other devices by creating a personal hotspot. This allows you to connect to the hotspot of a friend or a relative, and use their data connection. In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about creating a personal hotspot with your iPhone.
Why Use a Personal Hotspot?
You will find a hotspot feature build into iOS by default. Using the hotspot feature, you are able to create secure hotspots. You can connect to those hotspots using your computer, laptop, iPad, or any other device that has Wi-Fi capabilities. There are multiple reasons why you would want to create a personal hotspot. Some of those reasons are:
- You want to have access to the internet on your laptop or iPad, but you don’t want to pay for a separate data plan to do so
- The location you are at doesn’t have an available Wi-Fi connection, but you still want to use the internet on your laptop or iPad
- You want to check your bank balance, but the public hotspot is not secure. Using your own personal secure hotspot allows you to check your bank balance without having to worry about malicious activity. All hotspot connections on iPhones are secure
- Your friends have bad connections, or they are out of data in their plans. You suggest that you will create a personal hotspot so that they can get access to the internet
Sharing your data connection is also known as tethering. Tethering has been made available by most telecommunication companies. It is up to you if you want to tether or not. However, you need to keep in mind that tethering will deplete your data much quicker. The reason for this is that more people will make use of your data connection, thus you will have to account for the amount of data they use as well.
Create a Personal Hotspot
By following these steps, you will be able to set up a personal hotspot on your iPhone:
- Make sure that Wi-Fi is enabled, even if you are not connected to one
- Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot
- Tap on Personal Hotspot to activate it
- Make sure Personal Hotspot is turned on
As soon as a device connects to your iPhone, you will see a blue bar that indicates the status. You will also be able to see how many devices are connected to your personal hotspot. Since iOS 8, it is possible to use a new feature called Instant Hotspot. The Instant Hotspot feature does exactly what it is called; it instantly enables a hotspot, without having to create a personal hotspot beforehand.
Personal Hotspot Password
When you create a personal hotspot on your iPhone, a random password will be set up by default. People that want to connect to your personal hotspot need to enter the random password to authorize themselves. The random password ensures that only authorized people can connect to your personal hotspot. The random password can be quite complicated. However, it is possible to edit your personal hotspot password by doing the following:
- Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot
- Tap on Wi-Fi Password
- Enter your own password
- Your personal hotspot will now have a different password
Connect to a Personal Hotspot
There are three methods to connect to a personal hotspot: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or USB. Most people choose to connect to a personal hotspot using Wi-Fi, as it is the easiest method. If you choose to use the Wi-Fi and USB methods, your iPhone changes into a wireless modem. Just like a regular wireless modem, you are able to connect to it and use its Wi-Fi. If you have an iPhone cable with you, you can use it to connect your iPhone to your Mac, and create a personal hotspot.
If you want to connect your iPad or Mac to a personal hotspot, you will need to go to the Wi-Fi settings of that device. You will see the iPhone in the Wi-Fi list, and are able to connect to it. This allows you to use the iPhone as a personal hotspot, gaining access to the internet on your iPad or Mac.
If you are done using the internet, you can disconnect from the personal hotspot. Keep in mind that the personal hotspot will now be seen as a trusted connection. Because of this, it can happen that your iPad or Mac automatically connects to the personal hotspot in the future.
Check Battery and Connection Status
If you created a personal hotspot on your own iPhone, you are able to check the battery and connection status. This only works for when both devices are yours, when you are logged in with the same Apple ID. It allows you to see how much battery life the hotspot device has left.
You can also see how fast the connection is, whether it is 3G or 4G etc. You are not able to check the battery and connection status when a friend is connected to your hotspot. The reason for that is that your friend has a different Apple ID, and thus doesn’t have access to that kind of information.