Personal Hotspot (Internet tethering) can be a crucial feature for many people. Several users have reported that their Personal Hotspot has disappeared or not working properly. If you are having problems, try the following troubleshooting tips:
- How to set up and use iPhone/iPad personal hotspot
- Wi-Fi issues after updating to iOS 13 or iPadOS? Check these 10 tips
- No Personal Hotspot Option? Hotspot Disappeared? How To Fix
Personal Hotspot issues after updating to iOS 13.1?
Several users have reported having issues when setting up a personal hotspot with iOS 13.1 and higher. A few of these users recently updated to the new iPhone 11 Pro and when setting up a personal hotspot, they found that the feature disables itself. Some users have seen interference from other local wi-fi networks making the hotspot feature unstable.
If you are having these issues with your setup, here are a couple of tips to fix this issue.
- First and foremost, when faced with any type of connection issues, the best thing is to reset your Network settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- On your iPhone, tap on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings ( Remember to write down your wi-fi credentials since you will be required to re-enter it after the reset)
- Set-up Personal hotspot again and check if the issue is resolved.
- On your Mac, reset the Wi-Fi and try setting up the connection again
- Switch off Wi-Fi connection on your Mac
- Click on > System Preferences > Network
- Click on Wi-Fi followed by ‘Advanced’ at the bottom
- From the Wi-Fi Networks list, delete the one that is related to your iPhone hotspot
- Delete by selecting the wi-fi network and clicking on the ‘-‘ button
- Now restart iPhone and enable Hotspot as you would do normally. Also check your carrier’s guidance.
- Turn on Wi-Fi again on your Mac
- Re-join the Hotspot connection
- Clearing the old connection on your MacBook using Step 4, and re-establishing the network usually fixes this issue for most users.
We hope that you were able to fix personal hotspot issues on your iPhone running iOS 13 and higher with the steps shown above.
Requirements for Personal Hotspot:
- Verify that your carrier supports Personal Hotspot for your device and that you have Personal Hotspot enabled on your cellular plan: Your wireless carrier must offer Personal Hotspot to be able to use this feature. And you may need to enable Personal Hotspot on your cellular data plan.Please contact your carrier for more info.
- iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS can share a connection with USB or Bluetooth. iPhone 4 or later and iPad (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular can share a connection using Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.
If you your situation meets the above requirements, please refer to the following tips:
- Make sure that you have enabled Personal hotspot by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot
- Turn off and on Personal Hotspot
- Reset network settings by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
- If you see an “Unable to Join” or timeout , make sure that you remain on the Personal Hotspot screen until the first device connects. Then you may use your phone normally. Hotspot will stop after 90 seconds of inactivity. You can start again by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot.
- Disable Personal Hotspot then Turn off Bluetooth and turn on WI-Fi and now turn Personal Hotspot ON and stay on this screen until other device is connected.
- Turn off cellular (Settings > General > Cellular), then turn it back on a few seconds later.
- To avoid unnecessary charges, turn off Personal Hotspot when you are not using.
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