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The Personal Hotspot is a WiFi network created on an iPhone using existing 3G coverage. The feature is available depending on your carrier. It was added to the iOS at version 4.3.

Personal Hotspot refers to the Internet-sharing feature on iPhone 3GS or later*. This article explains how to share your Cellular Data connection using Personal Hotspot.

Refer to the iPhone 4 User Guide for additional information on Personal Hotspot.

  • An iPhone 3GS can share a connection with USB or Bluetooth. An iPhone 4/4S can share a connection using Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.


Personal Hotspot lets you connect your computers and devices to the Internet using the Cellular Data connection on your iPhone.

To use this feature, enable Personal Hotspot on your Cellular Data plan. Contact your carrier for information and pricing. Sharing your Cellular Data connection

Use the following steps to set up Personal Hotspot:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Network:Network settings

  2. Tap Personal Hotspot to turn it on:


    Note: If you see "Set Up Personal Hotspot", your wireless plan is not configured for this feature. Contact your wireless carrier for assistance.

  3. Choose whether to enable Bluetooth or USB. If Wi-Fi is currently off, you will be prompted to enable it:

    After configuring Personal Hotspot, you can directly access the settings from Settings > Personal Hotspot.

    Note: You cannot use your Wi-Fi connection for Internet connectivity while other devices are using Wi-Fi for Personal Hotspot. You can only share a Cellular Data connection; you cannot share a Wi-Fi connection. Connecting other devices

You can connect to your device in the following ways:

  • Mac or PC: You can share your Cellular Data connection using a USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Phone, iPad, iPod touch, or other Wi-Fi device: You can share your Cellular Data connection using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
  • The Wi-Fi network name or Bluetooth name is your device name. The Wi-Fi network uses WPA encryption. Its name is your device name.

Personal Hotspot requires a supporting hotspot tethering plan from your carrier. Share with up to five devices simultaneously using iPhone 4. On iPhone 4 (GSM model), share with a combination of up to three Wi-Fi connections, three Bluetooth connections, and one USB connection. On iPhone 4 (CDMA model), share with a combination of up to five Wi-Fi connections, three Bluetooth connections, and one USB connection.

While devices are connected to Personal Hotspot, the status bar will be blue and will indicate the number of connected users.

You can disconnect users by turning off Personal Hotspot, unplugging your device, turning off Bluetooth, or by tapping Settings > Wi-Fi and either turning off Wi-Fi or disconnecting current users.


Additional Information

Changing your Wi-Fi password

Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi networks require a password. You cannot disable this feature. You can change your Wi-Fi password by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > General > Network > Personal Hotspot and then tapping the Wi-Fi password.

Note: Your Wi-Fi password must be at least eight characters long and use ASCII/Unicode characters. Use of non-ASCII characters (Japanese, Russian, Chinese, and so on) will prevent other devices from connecting.

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