How to Setup an iPhone Hotspot iOS 8

Wi-Fi has come a long way over the past few years, and there’s more locations than ever where you can connect to a network with ease. However, many places still have Wi-Fi that’s less to be desired, and getting a stable connection can be a pain. If you find yourself in a situation where you need Wi-Fi for your laptop or tablet, but there’s no network available, it can be frustrating. Fortunately, if you’ve got an iPhone, there is the option of using it as a hotspot. The process is relatively simple and can be done by most people in a matter of minutes.

Before getting started, there are a couple of things you need to know. First, you must have a data plan in order for this to work. Second, you need to remember that creating an iPhone hotspot does use a significant amount of data and can quickly burn through your data plan. If you’ve got an unlimited plan, then this won’t be a problem, and you can use your hotspot on your iPhone worry free.

But if you don’t have an limited plan, this can ultimately result in a massive cell phone bill if you’re not careful. That’s why you should be aware of how much data you use and not go overboard if possible. With that being said, here’s how to setup an iPhone hotspot iOS 8.

Read: How to Turn Your iPhone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

1. Go to Settings

2. Choose “Cellular”


3. Choose “Cellular Data Network”

cellular network

4. Scroll down to the Personal Hotspot section

You will then need to enter your Username. If you want to add a password and APN, you can go back and do that later.

personal hotspot

5. Go back to Settings

You will then notice that there is a “Personal Hotspot,” and you now officially have your own hotspot. Once it’s set up, you can turn the iPhone hotspot on and off whenever you need. You can also change your password if you want.

settings personal hotspot

6. Switch the Hotspot On

By default, the personal hotspot will be turned off. So just switch it on whenever you need a network, and that’s all there is to it. It will say that others can look for your shared network using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can now connect any Wi-Fi enabled devices to your iPhone hotspot iOS 8. Just be sure to switch it off when not in use to minimize your data usage. If you have a limited plan, you should keep in mind that downloading large files is a bad idea because they can eat up a huge amount of data. For example, you shouldn’t download full length movies.  

turn hotspot on

7. Sign On

Now that it’s live, connect to the hotspot using the device of your choice. Click on Wi-Fi, choose the network and enter the password.

Using your iPhone as a hotspot can come in handy in many situations. Whether you’re at a hotel, restaurant, camping or anywhere else where there’s a non-existent or sketchy network, you can save yourself a lot of frustration and get the Wi-Fi you need with just a few simple steps. Once it’s set up, you have convenient access to a solid network, which isn’t only beneficial to you, but anyone else who happens to need Wi-Fi.

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Nick Mann

Nick Mann has been a freelance writer for over five years and has worked with numerous clients. He writes articles on a variety of subjects, but specializes in tech, business and marketing. When not writing, he enjoys playing disc golf, sports, hiking and travel. Nick lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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