How to Fix Apple iPhone Hotspot Not Working

Apple iphone hotspot not working

Have trouble sharing mobile data on Apple iPhone? Here is a guide on how to fix Apple iPhone hotspot not working.

While traveling when we don't have Wi-Fi using Personal Hotspot is the best alternative. Personal hotspots can be used by sharing your cellular data with a laptop and another device to get online. Using a personal hotspot consumes a lot of data and sometimes it may result in extra costs. So contact your service provider for the best plans available and free government phone providers like QLink, Life Wireless & Assurance Wireless might not allow that but you can do that on Boost Mobile, Straight Talk, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and other networks.

Unfortunately due to some technical issue personal hotspot stops working and it is very annoying to keep things working. In this article, we have come up with Apple iPhone Hotspot Not Working tips to troubleshoot the connection. We also have an Android phone's hotspot not working troubleshooting tips.

Apple iPhone Hotspot Not Working:

To fix tethering not working on iPhone or iPad, do the following -

Make Sure Your Hotspot is ON

Before starting off any other troubleshoot process make sure your hotspot is ON. Here are the quick steps to turn on Hotspot on iPhone -

  • Settings > Personal Hotspot
  • Make Sure Allow Others to Join is turned on by swiping the button to the right

Check For Carrier Settings Update

To increase the phone's capability for better network coverage Apple releases regular carrier settings update. To check for carrier settings updates go to Settings > General > About.

If a carrier settings update is available a pop-up message will appear in about 10-15 secs and if no pop-up is available then the carrier settings update is probably unavailable.

Update iOS On Your Phone

iOS 7 or later all have the personal hotspot, you just need to check with your carrier operator for the plan. Keep your phone up to date as not doing so will result in software glitches and make slow working the iPhone. To update your phone, tap on General > Software update to check for a new iOS update is available.

Contact Your Wireless Carrier

If the hotspot is not working there may be a problem with iPhone hardware or carrier plan. Contact your wireless carrier for a plan update and if this doesn't work get in touch with the nearest Apple Store.

The personal hotspot might not be working on a recent plan change. Nowadays most companies plan to have a personal hotspot, but some don't. So contact your wireless carrier for the solution.

Here are the United States' top carrier customer care numbers -

  • Verizon: 1-800-922-0204
  • T-Mobile:1-800-866-2453
  • AT&T: 1-800-331-0500

Turn Wi-Fi On and Off

This is the quick and foremost step you should follow if your hotspot is not working. Do that by turning it on and Off. Tap Settings > Personal Hotspot > and move the others to join slider to Off/White and then back to on/green.

You can read this guide on how to fix WiFi connection issues on iPhone/iPad.

Reset Network Settings

Sometimes your iPhone network settings might get interrupted due to a bad network and resetting all will help you to fix the problem. While resetting all the networks that you have already joined will be erased so you need to join all the networks again with their passwords.

To reset network settings tap on Settings app > General > Transfer or Reset Phone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. 

Those were the quick solution for iPhone Hotspot not working and still if the problem persists contact your nearest Apple Store.

This post was last modified on April 1, 2022 12:20 PM

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