Apple® iPhone® - Personal Hotspot Settings

Note Notes:

  • For USB tethered connections, iTunes must be installed on the computer.
  • The info below applies to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s
    • iPhone 4 / 4s


  1. From the Home screen, navigate: Settings Settings Icon > Personal Hotspot.
    Note If previously activated, skip to step 3.
    Note If Personal Hotspot isn't available, ensure that it's set up.
  2. If prompted, select the appropriate setting:
    Note The Personal Hotspot activation process may take several minutes.
    Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
    Personal Hotspot available over Bluetooth, USB, and Wi-Fi
    USB only
    Personal Hotspot available over USB only
    Note The USB connection is visible in the computer's network connections. To verify, refer to:
  3. Verify the Personal Hotspot switch is turned on Switch On or off Switch Off
    Note If Wi-Fi is turned off, a pop-up window alerts you that the hotspot is available only for Bluetooth and USB. Tap Turn on Wi-Fi to change setting.
  4. To change the Wi-Fi password, edit the info then tap Done.
    Note The password must contain at least 8 characters.