How to Setup Personal Hotspot in iOS 10 ? Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Is your Hotspot missing from your iPhone ? Here is the fix

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Setup your iPhone in personal Hotspot

The objective of this post is to show you how to Setup Personal Hotspot in iOS 10. Do you know that your iPhone can be used as a Personal Hotspot. You can share your Internet connection with Personal Hotspot. If you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi network, you can still get on the Internet with an iPad, iPod touch, or a computer by setting up a Personal Hotspot. A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

After the release of iOS 9 people are facing the hotspot missing in iPhone. Don’t worry its not a bug or something. We can’t say that its a bug as hotspot is a carrier-dependent feature. This guide can be useful to to reslove the Hotpot issues in iPhone with iOS 9 or above.

Steps involved in Setting up Personal Hotspot in iOS 10

NOTE : This tutorial is performed by using iPhone SE iOS 10. This method is applicable to all devices from iPhone 5S to above. It should be noted that hotspot is a carrier-dependent feature. If you haven’t opted for personal hotspot in your data plan, the personal hotspot missing is not a bug in your iPhone or iPad. But if you have subscribed for personal hotspot, and still it doesn’t appear in your Cellular settings, then you may proceed as follows to fix the issue.

  • Step 1 : Navigate to the Settings of your iPhone. You can go to your iPhone’s Settings by touching the Settings icon which is generally available on your home screen. Now go to the Mobile Data as shown in the image below. Don’t get confused, Mobile Data is Cellular Data in some iPhones depending on the carrier you got.Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (1)
  • Step 2 : In Mobile Data (Cellular Data) settings you will see the Mobile Data Options as shown in the image below. Again some iPhones have Cellular Data Options not Mobile Data Options. Just touch on it to edit Network settings in order to make personal hotspot. Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (2)
  • Step 3 : In this screen you will see your network connectivity type, for example LTE, 3G, 2G. Now go to the Mobile (Cellular) Data Network where you have to put the APN (Access Point Name) of your network service provider.Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (3)
  • Step 4 : In the Mobile (Cellular) Data Network you will see the options like Mobile (Cellular) Data, LTE setup, MMS and Personal Hotspot. In the Personal Hotspot you have to fill the three fields as shown in the image (You can left blank the Username and Password). APN, Username and Password. To know the APN of your Network service provider you can google as Your Network Provider Name + APN. Here are some known APN for Indian Networks. For Jio 4G (jionet), AirTel (airtelgprs.com), Idea (internet), Vodafone (portalnmms). Now Go Back and Restart your iPhone.Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (4)
  • Step 5 : After Restarting your iPhone, Go the Settings again. This time you will see an option for Personal Hotspot as shown in the image. Now to activate Personal Hotspot go to the Mobile (Cellular Data) and switch ON the Data. Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (5)
  • Step 6 : Switch ON the Mobile Data and you can go to the Personal Hotspot to ON it. Please note that hotspot is a carrier-dependent feature. If you haven’t opted for personal hotspot in your data plan, the personal hotspot will be missing. Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (6)
  • Step 7 :  Switch ON the Personal Hotspot. You will be asked if you want to open the hotspot via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth or by USB tethering only. Its upto on you, choose as you need. It should be noted that other users can look for your shared network using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth under the same name as your iPhone’s name. In my case it was “HEMAC”. You can also change the Wi-Fi Password for others from the same screen as shown in the image. Setting up personal hotspot in iOS 10 (7)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.

Connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB

  • Connect Using Wi-Fi : Choose the Hotspot name (should be same name as your iPhone’s) from the Wi-Fi settings on your computer or other device. Connect it and enter the Password when asked.
  • Connect Using Bluetooth : Make sure that the other Bluetooth device is discoverable. Pair iPhone with your computer. On iPhone, tap Pair or Enter the code displayed on your computer. Now connect to iPhone from your computer.
  • Connect Using USB : Plug in your iOS device to your Mac or PC using the USB cable that came with your device. Choose your iPhone from the lists of network services on your computer.

Unable to connect Personal Hotspot on your iPhone

  • Can’t connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi

On the device that needs to connect to Personal Hotspot, follow these steps. Try again after each step:

  1. Check that you’re using the correct Wi-Fi network. The network name should be the same as the iOS device providing Personal Hotspot (You can check the name of your iOS device in Settings > General > About).
  2. If you see a password error when you try to join Personal Hotspot, check the Wi-Fi password: On the device that provides Personal Hotspot, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot to see the Wi-Fi password.
  3. Check how many devices are using Personal Hotspot by looking in the status bar of the device that provides Personal Hotspot. Some wireless carriers limit the number of connections you can have.
  4. On the device that needs to connect to Personal Hotspot, turn Wi-Fi off and back on.
  • Can’t connect to Personal Hotspot with USB

Follow the steps to connect your Windows PC to Personal Hotspot with USB

  1. Update to the latest version of iTunes.
  2. With a USB cable, connect your computer to the iPhone or iPad that provides Personal Hotspot. Then, make sure that you can locate and view your iPhone or iPad in iTunes.
  3. Follow the steps provided by Microsoft to check your Internet connection in Windows 10 or Windows 7.
  • Can’t connect to Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth

Use the steps below to pair your devices and connect to Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth.

  1. On the device providing the Personal Hotspot, tap Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure that Bluetooth is on.
  2. Keep this screen open. Then, on the device that needs to connect to Personal Hotspot, use these instructions:
  • On an iPad or iPod touch, tap Settings > Bluetooth. Tap the device that provides Personal Hotspot to pair your devices. You can’t share your cellular data connection with another iPhone using Bluetooth.
  • On a Mac with OS X, choose Apple Menu and click System Preferences > Bluetooth. Next to the device providing Personal Hotspot, click Pair and follow the onscreen instructions.
  • On a PC with Windows, click the Bluetooth icon in the Notification area, choose Add a Bluetooth Device, and follow the onscreen instructions.

 

Update

Apple will be implementing a fix for this issue in the next iOS update, which is due the 3rd week of October.

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