Your iPhone hotspot not working? You are not alone. Unfortunately, network issues are a common problem in the smartphone tethering world.
If your iPhone fails to activate your personal hotspot, your iPhone hotspot cannot be found, or you are facing other hotspot issues. We will see how to fix iPhone tethering.
Make Sure Tethering Is Enabled
Sounds obvious, but are you sure that you have enabled tethering in your iPhone settings? Even if it was previously enabled, you may have disabled it by mistake via Control Center, or perhaps an iOS update turned it off without your knowledge. If it's not turned on, your iPhone hotspot won't be found.
To check if your personal hotspot is enabled, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and make sure the switch is in the On position. You'll see a message underneath that says Now Discoverable, along with the name of your hotspot network. If it's not enabled, make sure you know how to use the hotspot feature as well.
(Note: The hotspot name exactly reflects the name of your device. To change the name, you need to head to Settings > General > About > Name)
When you are in hotspot settings, it's a good idea to make sure that your hotspot password is correct. You can change the hotspot password by tapping Wi-Fi Password.
If Tethering Settings Are Not Available
For reasons that are not always completely clear, some carriers disable tethering on their devices. The problem is most common with locked devices that you buy directly through a carrier store, but it can occur on unlocked phones and tablets.
This problem manifests itself in a number of ways. You may find that the tethering option is completely grayed out in the Settings menu, or you may see an on-screen message that says To enable personal hotspot on this account, contact [carrier]. Often, there will be a spinning wheel on the side.
Sometimes, a quick search of your carrier's FAQ will solve the problem. The solution may be as simple as texting your carrier to activate the settings.
Missing APN data can also be the cause. If you know the code, you can add it by going to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Cellular Network > APN Settings.
However, on some occasions, the carrier may permanently disable the option on your account. For more information, you should contact your carrier's support team and raise the issue.
Your Device Cycle Power
It's always worth following the old advice of turning your device off and on again if your iPhone's hotspot isn't working. For a faster solution, you can try turning on airplane mode instead. Turn it on, wait 10 seconds, then turn it off again.
You should also try turning on the power of the device you are trying to connect to your iPhone hotspot. Remember, the problem might be with the other device, not with your iPhone.
Try Another Connection Method
Most people assume that to use a personal hotspot, you need to use a Wi-Fi connection. That is not true. You can also use Bluetooth or even a reliable USB cable to make the connection.
By trying alternative hotspot connection methods, you can rule out (or create!) problems with your phone's Wi-Fi hardware. To use a different connection method, you still have to enable your personal hotspot in Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot.
If you're trying to use Bluetooth, you'll need to pair your iPhone with the computer or mobile device you're trying to share the hotspot with. On iPhone, that means you have to go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the name of the device in question.
Processes on your other devices will be operating system specific. See the manual, or see our guide on connecting your mobile device to a PC with Bluetooth for more guidance. If this is your first time connecting another device, you may have to go through a PIN verification process.
Using a USB cable to connect to a hotspot is as easy as connecting your phone to a computer and selecting a hotspot from the list of available networks. USB also benefits from the fastest type of connection. If speed is important to you, this is the best solution.
Reset Network Settings
iOS offers a built-in way to wipe user data and restore settings to factory defaults. However, you can also take a more granular approach by only deleting certain types of data.
If your iPhone's personal hotspot is not working, you just need to clear the network settings. To do so, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You must enter the passcode before the phone will allow you to proceed.
The reset process will erase all of your Wi-Fi and carrier settings and remove your custom iPhone name. This will give you a blank slate to make sure there are no erroneous network settings causing the hotspot issue.
Sign out of iCloud
Some people also claim that logging out of your iCloud account can solve personal hotspot not working. It's not clear why doing so would fix the network issue, but it's worth a shot if nothing else resolves it.
To sign out of your iCloud account, go to Settings > [Username] > Sign Out. Make sure you log back into your account to reactivate the service.
Reset Your iPhone
The final solution is to wipe the operating system along with all your user data and reset the entire iPhone.
You can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to start the process. Alternatively, you can also achieve the same result by using iTunes. Open the app on your computer and navigate to [iPhone name] > Summary > Restore iPhone . Make sure you have backed up your iPhone before doing this so you don't lose anything.
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