iPhone provides a feature called Personal Hotspot where your mobile cellular data connection can be used by other nearby devices via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or USB. This feature is also known as tethering where you iPhone behaves like a wireless router for the other devices like your Mac or iPad to connect to the internet.


Not all of the cellular networks allow this feature; if it is not turned on then you cannot see the hotspot feature in your mobile’s settings. In this case to turn on this feature you have pay some extra charges to make it work. The price usually depends on how much data you want to use. Let us discuss how you can use iPhone as hotspot.

Setup Personal Hotspot

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To setup a personal hotspot on your iPhone you have to,

  • Turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your phone.
  • Go to the Settings.
  • Personal hotspot and toggle it to turn it
  • For iOS 6 and older versions they have to go to Settings > Network > Personal Hotspot and toggle it to turn it On.
  • If you have not turned on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth a pop-up window appears to turn the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth On or Use just use the USB only.
  • Tap Wi-Fi Password and enter a password for the Wi-Fi.
  • Now under ‘To Connect using Wi-Fi’ you can see the name of Hotspot. You have to use this name in your Mac or iPad to connect to the iPhone’s hotspot.

Connect to Hotspot from Mac

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Now to use iphone as hotspot on your Mac you have to,

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Now go to the Network.
  • Choose Wi-Fi from the list on left.
  • Now you have to click on Network name drop down menu on the right pane and select your iPhone Hotspot from them.
  • Enter the password for the Wi-Fi which you set above from your iPhone.

You can also turn it on from your Mac’s menu bar. Select Wi-Fi icon from the menu bar and choosing the Wi-Fi hotspot. You can use the Wi-Fi from your Mac and the speed of the network depends on your iPhone’s network connection.