How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your Device

 

iPhone:

Set up Personal Hotspot

  1. Go to Settings > Cellular 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, 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:

Wi-Fi

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. 

USB

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.

Learn more about connecting a device to your iPhone or iPad's Personal Hotspot.

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Android:

On a Nexus 5X or 6P

How to enable Wi-Fi hotspot

  1. Tap the Settings icon in your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Under Wireless & networks, tap More.
  3. Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.Android_wifi_ov.png

You'll also find a shortcut in the quick settings area.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to view notifications.
  2. Swipe down again to see quick settings.
  3. If the Hotspot shortcut isn't already there, tap Edit, then long-press on Hotspot and drag it to the grid of tiles.

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How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot

If it's your first time using the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, you might want to set your own network name and password, or change other settings.

  1. At the Tethering & portable hotspot menu, tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  2. Here you can enter your network name and password. (Tapping show password often makes it easier to type.)
  3. You can also select the AP Band, though you can usually leave this at the default 2.4GHz. (5GHz sometimes works better in crowded areas with lots of Wi-Fi traffic, but has shorter range.)

    Note:You can also disable network security from this menu if you need to, but that's usually a bad idea.

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On a Samsung Galaxy S7

How to enable Wi-Fi hotspot

  1. Tap the Settings icon in your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap Mobile hotspot and tethering
  3. Tap Mobile hotspot, then hit the toggle at the top of the screen.

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You'll also find a shortcut in the quick settings area.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to view notifications and quick settings.
  2. If you don't see Mobile hotspot, you might need to swipe down again to see all quick settings.
  3. To change the position of quick settings shortcuts, tap EDIT, then drag mobile hotspot to where you want it.

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How to configure your Wi-Fi hotspot

If it's your first time using the Wi-Fi hotspot feature, you might want to set your own network name and password, or change other settings.

  1. At the Mobile hotspot menu, tap MORE in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Timeout settings to choose how long the phone waits before turning off the hotspot, if nothing is connected to it.

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Or tap Configure Mobile hotspot to choose your Network name and password (tapping show password often makes it easier to type complex passwords).

Note:You can also disable network security from this menu if you need to, but that's usually a bad idea.

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