How to Turn Your iPhone into a Personal Hotspot
Published May 21, 2021
One of the nice things about having a prepaid cell phone is its versatility. You can do everything on a prepaid phone as you can on a contract phone (like creating a personal mobile hotspot). The beauty, however, of a prepaid phone is not having the long-term commitment. If you turn your phone into a personal mobile hotspot, you can connect wi-fi devices without additional cost. Also, most prepaid plans allow you to change plans on an as-needed basis (that comes in handy when using a personal hotspot).
Turning an existing phone into a mobile hotspot is an economical alternative to purchasing a dedicated device such as the Netgear Nighthawk. For those of us who like to travel light, turning a phone into a hotspot avoids the need for having a separate power source as required by a dedicated device.
Turning an iPhone into a Personal Mobile Hotspot
Please keep in mind each service provider is different. Some carriers may not allow mobile hotspots while others may require you to contact them before enabling the feature.
With the personal hotspot enabled, your phone battery will drain more quickly. As such, it is recommended that you keep it charging while using it as a hotspot. If that’s not an option, keep an eye on the battery life. A dead phone battery means your hotspot connection will terminate.
Another thing to keep track of is your phone’s temperature. The battery may get hot with extended hotspot use.
Note: Apple personal hotspots operate in low-data mode. Please visit the Apple website to see a full explanation of low-data mode.
For instruction on how to set up a mobile hotspot on an Android device, check out the Android Authority's article.
Last Modified: 7 June 2021
About the Author: LaForey is a person who was fed up with contract phone plans and opted for something more practical.
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