Use Instant Hotspot to connect to your Personal Hotspot without entering a password

With Instant Hotspot, the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) can provide Internet access to a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without requiring you to enter the password.

Set up Instant Hotspot

Use Instant Hotspot with any Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:


Mac computer showing the Wi-Fi status menu connected to an iPhone Personal Hotspot, and an iPhone showing a blue status bar indicating an active Personal Hotspot connection

Use Instant Hotspot

Here's how to connect to your Personal Hotspot:

  • On your Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu the wi-fi icon in the menu bar to choose the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot the personal hotspot icon.
  • On your iPad, iPod touch, or another iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then tap the name of the iPhone or iPad providing your Personal Hotspot the personal hotspot icon.

If you're asked for a password when connecting, make sure that your devices are set up as described above.

The Wi-Fi status icon the wi-fi icon in the menu bar changes to the Personal Hotspot icon the personal hotspot icon as long as your device remains connected to your Personal Hotspot.

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