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). 

Before you get started

To use Personal Hotspot, you need one of these devices with a supported wireless carrier:

  • iPhone 3G or later
  • iPad (3rd generation or later) Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Set up Personal Hotspot

Follow these steps to set up your Personal Hotspot:

  1. Tap Settings > Cellular.
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot and turn it on.

After you set up Personal Hotspot, you can go to Settings > Personal Hotspot to turn it on or off and change your password. 

If you don't see the option for Personal Hotspot, ask your carrier if you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

If you're using iOS 8 or later, you can use Instant Hotspot to share your cellular data connection without having to turn on Personal Hotspot first.

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

You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. Here are some tips for using each method.


If you disconnect all devices from a Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot, it turns off automatically.


Make sure that the other Bluetooth device is discoverable. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to pair.


Plug in your iOS device to your Mac or PC using the USB cable that came with your device.

Disconnect devices

To disconnect a device, turn off Personal Hotspot, turn off Bluetooth, or unplug the USB cable from your device.


Set or change your Wi-Fi password

You need to set a Wi-Fi password to set up a Personal Hotspot.

You can change the Wi-Fi password by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and then tapping the Wi-Fi password.

Choose a Wi-Fi password that's at least eight characters long and use ASCII characters. If you use non-ASCII characters, other devices will be unable to join your Personal Hotspot. Non-ASCII characters include characters in Japanese, Russian, Chinese, and other languages. ASCII characters include:

  • All the letters in English, both lowercase and uppercase
  • The digits 0 through 9
  • Some punctuation marks

Learn more

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. 

If you can't join a Personal Hotspot or can't connect to the Internet using a Personal Hotspot, get help.

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