How to Turn Your iPhone as a Wifi Hotspot

Smartphones and humans have become inseparable.

Now, it’s not uncommon to be connected to the internet 24/7.

It’s not just because we want to check out who liked our latest posts. But it’s also because of important things like checking emails related to work.

The good thing is our smartphones can now be used to share internet connection with our other devices.

So, how can you use your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot?

Here are easy steps on how to share your iPhone’s cellular data to your other devices:

Step 1: Turn on cellular data.

Go to Settings–>Cellular

cellular data iphone 5c

Upon turning cellular data, you can now access internet on your iPhone. But you won’t be able to share it with other devices yet.

If you are using a prepaid SIM, it’s best to sign up  for a promo first.

You can check out LTE and 3G prepaid promos in these websites:

Quick tip: When signing up for promos, it’s much more convenient to choose TIME rather than the amount of MB. It’s a lot easier to gauge your internet use by the amount of time rather than the amount of data.

Signing up for these promos ensures that you don’t have to pay by the hour. You can focus more on your task instead of worrying how much data you’ve already consumed.

Step 2: Turn on personal hotspot.

Go to Settings–>Personal Hotspot

If you’re using this feature for the first time, you need to set up a Wi-Fi password.

wifi password iphone 5c

After that, you can get the device that you want to use (your iPad or laptop).

Choose the Wi-Fi network as you would when you’re connecting with a wireless router. Look for the name of your iPhone and enter the password (as you can see mine is named S.H.I.E.L.D).

Once these preliminary steps are done,  you can now use your iPhone’s data connection as your internet connection for other devices.


Step 3 (Optional): You can also connect your iPhone through USB. 

wifi hotspot through usb connection iphone

After turning on Personal Hotspot, it will ask you which connection you’d like to use. Simply tap “Use USB Only.” Of course, you will need your lightning connector in order to connect your iPhone to your laptop.

using USB as personal hotspot
You can go to Settings>Network on your MAC and check if the connection is successful. Here, you can see that I’m using my iPhone as my internet connection.

Most of the time I connect through USB. Based on my experience, it is much more stable.

Every time I connect through USB, my MAC immediately connects with it as soon as I turn on “Personal Hotspot”. What’s great about connecting through USB is that your iPhone charges as well.

Using your phone as a personal hotspot can drain your battery a lot faster than usual. When it’s connected on your computer, you never have to worry that your battery will run out.

Step 4: Turn off Cellular Data after use. 

When you’re done using your iPhone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot, make sure to turn off Cellular Data.

This way you don’t get charged for mobile data when you’re no longer using the internet.

If you signed up for a 24-hour unlimited data promo, you also need to turn off Cellular Data after the promo expires.

When I was using a prepaid SIM, sometimes I would lose 200 pesos worth of load just because I forgot to turn off my mobile data.

As you can see, it’s super easy to share your internet connection with your friend. They just need to know your iPhone’s name and the Wi-Fi password.

Any iPhone running iOS 4.3 should be able to share internet connection through personal hotspot.

Have you already used your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot? How was the experience?




Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
Irene Chan

  • Have been using my android as a wifi hotspot and its working really good. But from this article I’ve learned how to use iphone as hotspot.