How to set up a Personal Hotspot (3G) on your iPhone / iPad

Embrace yourselves. Here comes the 4G! Well, perhaps not, but 3G is very strong in many countries already and that means we now have a decent internet speed and connection within our mobile devices. However, did you know that you can use your phone or tablet as a modem/router to share the internet to the rest of the devices?

Here’s a quick guide on how to setup a personal hotspot with your new Apple device.

Step 1: Enter your settings

Have you ever wanted to share your 3G internet with another computer?

Or even better; share your 3G with your tablet because you got the Wi-Fi only model.

Well, here’s it. So, first go to your settings and below the Bluetooth setup you’ll find the Hotspot menu. Tap on it.

How to set up a Personal Hotspot on iPhone

Enter your Settings Menu

Step 2: Enable Hotspot and password

Now you’ll see the following menu. Just turn on the Personal Hotspot and you’ll be almost ready to share your connection.

Make sure you write down the password or write down a new one to avoid other people connecting to your device.

Make it easy to remember so you can use it within all of your devices at any time. But don’t forget this only applies for WiFi connections.

How to set up a Personal Hotspot on iPad

Setup a Password easy to remember, but don’t make it easy to guess.

Step 3: Connect your extra device

Now you’re ready to connect your devices to your new hotspot. There are 3 ways to do so:

  1. Via WiFi (the most used method);
  2. Via Bluetooth (works better between mobile devices);
  3. USB (If you’re connecting it to a Laptop/Desktop, then you probably want this option).

setup hotspot bluetooth usb

There’s more than WiFi to connect to your hot spot. Make sure you can use them.

There are advantages and disadvantages on every connection type. But here are my personal tips and recommendations:

  • Use USB connection every time if possible: This allows you to charge your phone at the same time. This is truly important because the hotspot feature eats battery for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • If you’re connecting your iPad to your iPhone (very common), connect them via Bluetooth. The reason I recommend this is because I’ve seen it to response faster than via WiFi. Somehow, Bluetooth forces the internet to work faster (response time, not bandwidth) and you’ll definitely see the difference.
  • The point above also applies for another devices like Android tablets. Additionally, you can turn off WiFi and use Bluetooth only.
  • Don’t connect more than 2 devices at once. Mostly because the connections get lost sometimes, and more than 3 devices also means the bandwidth will be reduced for all of them. So, connect 1 or 2 devices maximum. Don’t share it all over your office/school.

That’s it. That’s how you setup a personal hotspot on your iPhone / iPad to share the internet connection over the rest of your devices. The main downside is the speed, but again, you shouldn’t be using 3G/4G LTE as your main connection because other options are faster and probably cheaper (unless you have an unlimited data plan).

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