So you have a WiFi capable device (laptop, tablet…), but there’s no WiFi hotspot available nearby. Sound familiar to you?
Fortunately, most of us now carry a device in our pockets all day long that’s connected 24/7. Yes, you guessed it: it’s our dear iPhone.
Thanks to data plans (3G/4G networks), iPhones are permanently connected. What if we could create an ad-hoc WiFi network using our iPhones and connect other devices to it? In other words, what if we could use our iPhone as wireless routers?
Drop the “if”. That IS possible, and I’ll show you how to make it happen.
Step 1: Go to Settings
Step 2: Then go to Cellular
You only need to do this if “Personal Hotspot” isn’t activated yet in your iPhone. If it is, you can directly start from Step 4.
Step 3: Scroll down to Personal Hotspot
If your Personal Hotspot isn’t yet activated, you’ll find “Set Up Personal Hotspot” here. In some cases, you must contact your carrier to activate WiFi Tethering – that means creating an ad-hoc WiFi network from your mobile device. Some carriers may charge extra to allow it, so ask.
Step 4: Choose a password for your network
Step 5: Select WiFi, Bluetooth or USB method
Wasn’t that easy? You have just unlocked a new magic feature in your iPhone in 5 simple steps!
Although Step 3 may be a pain for some due to carrier restrictions, if you manage to overcome it, you can now consider yourself a super iPhone user. Welcome aboard!