Daily Tip: How to use Wi-Fi personal hotspot

Wondering how to use the Wi-Fi personal hotspot on the new Verizon iPhone 4 or iOS 4.3 iPhone 4? Used mobile hotspot or a MiFi before but not sure how Apple's works? No worries, it's almost painless to share your iPhone's 3G connection with up to 5 other devices (including your iPad or laptop!) and we'll show you how after the break!

If you've used an iPhone before, Wi-Fi personal hotspot enhances the previous method for tethering and works in pretty much the same way -- albeit much more easily. IIf you're brand new to iPhone 4, Apple has made it even quicker to get to and get going with. Here's how.

  1. From the Home Screen launch the Settings App
  2. In Settings tap on Personal Hotspot
  3. Toggle Personal Hotspot to "On"
  4. If Wi-Fi is currently disabled a popup will appear asking you to enable it.
  5. You will see a default Wi-Fi password. You can either use it or tap on it to change it to a password of your choosing.
  6. Once you're happy with the settings go to your Mac or Windows PC and look for the name of your iPhone under available Wi-Fi networks.
  7. Enter the password
  8. A blue bar will appear on top of your iPhone showing the connection is established and how many devices are connected. Wireless Hotspot feature in iOS 4.3

That's it. Enjoy your Wi-Fi but keep track of your 3G data!

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Rene Ritchie

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Daily Tip: How to use Wi-Fi personal hotspot


That looks so much more convienient than Bluetooth internet tethering. (If you're after a wireless tether, that is.)
Is this feature exclusive to iPhone 4 users? (In other words, no 3GS love?)

Odd.. I'm on the 4.3 beta.. Mine is only under General / Network /
and clicking on it tells me to Call ATT. meh

on my verizon iphone i dont even have the hotspot or vpn toggle and i signed up for the service is there something im missing. in my settings my first is airplane mode, then wi-fi, then notifications. what is my problem?

Figured it out I think. Go to settings then general then network and turn on personal hotspot there. Then when u go back out it is undervthe settings

I have same problem and following the instruction to settings then general then network it only shows VPN and wifi, how can I get personal hotspot.