iOS 5 Bugs: Disappearing Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot

iOS 5 Bugs: Disappearing Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot

So you just updated to iOS 5 and you find you have a problem -- you go to use Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot feature and... it's gone?! Don't fret. Stop cursing. It's happened with previous upgrades too. Truth is, It's not really gone, it's just hiding, and here are a couple things you can do to coax it back.

Bug

  • Personal Hotspot seems to have disappeared.

Solution 1

Look for it where it lives.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Network.
  4. Scroll down and look for Personal Hotspot.
  5. If it somehow got turned off during the update, turn it back on.
  6. Wait for it to activate.

Once it re-activates, you should find it back where it was before, on the first page of Settings.

Solution 2

If that doesn't work, it's time to escalate reset the Settings.

  1. launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.

Wait for your iPhone to restart, and if you still don't see it, repeat Solution 1.

Fixed?

That's a lot but that's it. You should have your Personal Hotspot back up and running. If you've experienced this bug and used these solutions, let us know how they worked for you. If you tried something else that worked, let us know about that too!

For extra help, jump into our iOS 5 Forums

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iOS 5 Bugs: Disappearing Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot

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You have to double click the home button when the screen is locked. The camera button doesn't show up if you just click the home button once with the screen locked.

another bug:
with the iphone 4 in airplane mode, you should still be able to send iMessages if on a wifi network.
When you are in airplane mode and load iMessage, a warning badge pops up stating you have to disable airplane mode to send and receive messages....if you hit cancel and not disable, it will work just fine.
That warning badge needs to go away.

You meant you shouldn't, right?
An airplane mode switches off any radio frequency going out the phone, that's mobile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Location (GPS).
I don't get how you are connected to a Wi-Fi network with airplane mode though...
Are you sure that what you describe it's what actually happens? The bug would be that in Airplane mode you can use your Wi-Fi network anyway...

its easy. turn airplane mode on. it kills all radios. then turn wifi on and connect to wi fi. you will have the airplane sitting next to the wifi indicator. i do it all the time when im playing an online game and dont want calls and messages messing up my game.

me i don't have no problem with my iphone but i did notice one thing though, my 32gb use to have available memory of 29.4GB after the 5.0 update its now 28.4GB did anyone notice this as well :|

i have a problem when trying to turn on icloud on my ipad2
"there was a problem enabling icloud backup"
:(
everything worked fine on my iMac, and resetting the ipad has not helped :(

I haven seeing doubles of every notification. And when I click the calendar notification it opens the calendar for a split second then shuts down.... Anyone else?

After updating to iOS5 I can't view all of my purchases in the app store. Only the ones that are not on my phone, which include a little icloud icon next to them. How do I find a list of apps that are installed on my phone?

iCloud just "dit not" work.
First it said my backup was too big for the free 5GB (iPhone 4 32GB, with about 16GB used), after a long time tinkering with the settings, it tries to backup and hangs.
I have to say, Nokia was doing this over four years ago and I never had trouble with their system. OTA updates and sync was always smooth. I found iCloud services complex and not intuitive at all.

Yah, I found that to be disappointing as well. I wanted the full notification panel on the lock screen all the time. It seems to only show the most recent notifications. And unlocking the screen clears those notifications - so they don't show on the lock screen any more. Guess a jailbreak is still in my future...

I agree, I would like to be able to pull down the notification screen from the lock screen so I can see my calendar at quick glance along with other things... fix please!

I will likely upgrade to IOS5 when I can jailbreak. I love jailbreak LOCKINFO app. Works very well and I'm very happy with the way my iPhone4 is set up at the moment.

I wonder how the lock info will react to the notification apple already has. Will it just hack the notification apple has on there to show on the lock screen or create their own?

Try plugging into iTunes again. I had to plug in again after the initial restore from backup, and the second sync spent ages uploading album art.

I did that, and it still didn't fix it. I tried plugging into iTunes and re-synching at least 5 times, to no avail. I'll try some more when I get home.

unsync all the music from your ipod. Then, select all your music library and sync again, it will take ages to do so. But it solved my problem with album art and missing songs.

it works thanks. but don't know why they change the place to under network & not in the first setting page?

I have access to my Personal Hotspot, however it refuses to actually work. I can turn it on, have full carrier signal strength, yet it will not activate properly at all. Has anyone else had this issue and know of a fix for it or am I SOL?

It doesn't work for me! :( I had personal hotspot working like a charm until I upgraded to iOS5! now when I go to General->network I can't find the Personal Hotspot option... ! I tried to reset the settings, but I had no luck! It's still missing! :( I would really need it in the next two days, any idea?

This doesn't work for me! :( I had personal hotspot working like a charm before upgrading to iOS 5... Now when I look in General -> Network I can't find the personal hotspot option! I tried the reset settings solution, but with no luck... It's still missing! Any clue? :( I would so much need it the next few days...

solution 3 for me i change the name of the phone under settngs-general-about-name to a short name without spaces a works like a charm

Launch settings app, tap general, tap network, tap cellular data network, fill the apn slot... And then try the solution 1

i got it to work by rebooting the phone after a backup e.g. sleep button then added home button for 10 secs

It finally worked after applying Hipponax's suggestion of a full reboot (sleep button plus home button for 10 secs).
I recommend that this should be added as a Step 3 to the solution.

There is a smal "workaround"

  1. from Cydia, search for tweak named "theterme"
  2. install it and after respring, you will be able to see "personal Hotspot" menu in netwok and even below Location on first screen.

Not even 1. nor 2 solution works for me, that one works...

It didn't work. Personal Hotspot keeps just running and no option of turning it on or off appears. Have no idea what's going on.

This worked great; I followed Step 2, then did Step 1. Now I'm posting this 'thank you' comment from a tethered connection.

Solution 3
1.) Go to Settings->General->Network->Cellular Data Network
2.) Scroll down to find "Reset Settings" button and press it once (nothing will change visually)
3.) Switch iPhone off and then back on again

Solution 3
1.) Go to Settings->General->Network->Cellular Data Network
2.) Scroll down to find "Reset Settings" button and press it once (nothing will change visually)
3.) Switch iPhone off and then back on again

Solution 1: option is not there
Solution 2: didnt work
After 2, tried 1 again, still isn't there...
Any other ideas??

What if I've found the option and enabled the hotspot and it says that it is "discoverable" but I cannot see it on my computer?

solution 3 for me i change the name of the phone under settngs-general-about-name to a short name without spaces a works like a charm

Confirmed - This is what fixed it for me. None of the above worked until I renamed my phone in Settings > General > About > Name. In my case I had an apostrophe in the name ("Mike's iPhone") which I removed. I don't know if it was the removal of the apostrophe or just the resetting of the name that helped, but try this if the everything above doesn't work for you.

How? I changed my name but nothing showed up :( any suggestions? I'm using gevey sim, is that anther problem too ?

The tips above didn't work for me but just to add, in the network settings, you have to put details in the Internet tethering slot: username and password to trigger the appearance of personal hotspot. Then it will re appear again.

In my case, the hotspot couldnt be enabled simply because the system had only recognized my previous data plan, which didn't allow for tethering.

I have the This American Life app. Since the update I cannot listen to it because when I lock the phone the app pauses. So I unlock it and listen to it like this but again when goes into the lock modus it pauses. This is really annoying. Any ideas how to fix this?

My personal hotspot disappeared when I updated to ios 5 and the setting wasn't hidden in settings either it was as if it had disappeared completely, after trying several solutions which didn't work for me I inserted a different carriers sim card (my phone isn't unlocked) and then went to settings, general, network and personal hotspot appeared, I turned it on (obviously it didn't activate as my phone is locked) then put my original sim back in, it worked for me after panicking that I had lost it so I hope this will work for others too

Hi guys, i figured it out, i ve had same problem and i thought it s OS 5 bug but it is not.
In order for your PERSONAL HOTSPOT to show up you need to configure your service provider mms tab
Just go to :general settings-network-cell data network and fill in mms part according to your servvice provider
Hope it works for you;)

I ran into this problem as well. Some apps like Onavo will cause the hotspot option to disappear.

I ran into this problem as well. Some apps like Onavo will cause the hotspot option to disappear.

Hi, mi problem is before I update to iOS5 I can see Personal Hotspot, the problem is that the hw I want to share don't see the iPhone.
Does any one have this problem ?

You must be in tethering menu while adding the profile, phone must be unlocked. After ios 5 it takes time to appear (for me 2 minutes maximum) in network list. If I had known this I wouldn't have updated to 5...

for all users who couldn't activate it by this method, a garanteed way is that u enter the cellular data network settings.. then u put a common user name for APN & internet tethering. then exit & disable both 3G & cellular data network.. then enable them. this definitely works & it worked for me :) if not the 1st time.. try it a couple of times & once activated, the personal hotspot appears on the main page in the settings. try it!

This worked for me! thanks! but it's madness!!!!!
APPLE STYLE! too buggy!!!!!
for all users who couldn’t activate it by this method, a garanteed way is that u enter the cellular data network settings.. then u put a common user name for APN & internet tethering. then exit & disable both 3G & cellular data network.. then enable them. this definitely works & it worked for me if not the 1st time.. try it a couple of times & once activated, the personal hotspot appears on the main page in the settings. try it!

Thanks a lot Akram... it worked for me... nothing else did...tried all the solution mention in this thread..cheers!!!

I had the same problem since IOS 5.0. I did upgrade to IOS 5.01 beta yesterday. Did not resolve it. I then went into iCould on the iphone, accepted new terms and conditions, and it has been working since.

I had the same problem since IOS 5.0. I did upgrade to IOS 5.01 beta yesterday. Did not resolve it. I then went into iCould on the iphone, accepted new terms and conditions, and it has been working since.

Anyone know how to Disable the Index "shit" on the drop down menu ?
Other's out there notice that after OS5 update that the battery last much shorter ?? (I have the same "set up", push is on, wifi is on, mail push and check ever 1 hour) So I have not changed anything from my "set up" in OS 4.4.3 but lost about 10+++ hours in battery time... i have not used the phone either more than before or less than before.. So any smart guys out there with a tip or two ? or can this also be a bug problem in OS5 ??
best regards
Viggo :-P

If it didnt work go to general-settings-network -celluar data network
Then copy cellular data APN to internet tethering APN.
then restart your iphone
Salam

Mine doesn't have these problem, but during tethering with wifi from my iPhone, when it went to lock screen the connection gone
Never happened on iOS 4

I changed my Iphone name to a simple name and All working good now.
Personal Hotspot has returned. Jey

Renaming my phone without the apostrophe has fixed this! Was sharing my 3G connection with my wife while on holidays in New Zealand recently and she was frustrating that it kept dropping out.
Renamed my phone from Dave's iPhone to a simple string without an apostrophe. Problem solved. Macbook now automatically joins the network too.

Why would you release something that wrecks everything that was working fine i.e Cover flow now crashes my iPod.Its technology for technologies sake.Steve would'nt have done it.iOS5 is rubbish apple I wish there was aqn alternative to the iPod.

Guys, lost it under settings after a phone re power then happened to find it in the carrier area "network". Somehow it got moved????

very helpful! solution 1 itself works, making me feel stupid.. cos i did solution 2 1st! thanks!

I've tried all of the things above and personal hotspot does still not appear anywhere! Really starting to annoy me now! Anyone got any ideas?

It was Onavo, after I removed the Onavo profile and enabled hotspot from the network menu my phones back to normal. Thanks guys for the help n info.

A better way to get around, go to Network, cellular data. Scroll down till you see tethering APN setting. Enter your operator 3G APN. When you go back, you can find Personal Hotspot option displayed. Set it on.

What if I dont even have internet tethering APN? I have tried everything in this thread and still out of luck concerning personal hotspot... Has anyone else some other option?
Thanks

Ok, so finally decided to install tetherme and personal hotspot is back.
To help someone the has the same problem:
I had no personal option on settings or network menu;
I reset network settings and no results;
I changed the name and no results;
I changed almost every setting on the phone and nothing;
Downloaded tetherme and after reboot I got the option back, all working fine;

tried everything dissapeared completely.not off or sleeping. On a hunch/lucky guess,I went to profile under settings & hit the remove option. voilla the personal hotspot was back & working like a charm!!! Don't waste hours like I did all else failed other than restoring to factory settings. that works too,but this method is much easier & quicker.

Pls help me get the personal hotspot back ! I updated to ios 5 and lost my personal hotspot !! Pls help me !! I did try the solution from above !!

did u try the following,
1. setting>general>network>cellular data network
2. enter APN for cellular data as provided by ur network operator
3. enter any username for cellular data
4. enter the same APN and username for internet thethering.
5. go back to setting>general>network
6. turn off Enable 3G and Cellular Data
7. turn on Enable 3G and Cellular Data.
Personal hotspot option should appear... this worked for me...its clearly a bug...

to fix the Personal Hotspot missing is to retype the access point name through Internet Tethering settings:
Settings>General>Network>Cellular Data
You will find APN under “Internet Tethering”
Type in an access point name. You won’t require username and password.

How to do the solution 1?? I go network and scroll it down then I cant find the personal hotspot I also try the solution #2 but still nothing happen..

I cannot find the personal hotspot even from the network settings, i reset the network settings but still the same, what shall I do pls?????

Ok i did It by type same APN name of my internet provider by scrolling down to the INTERNET section and type the same in its blank APN

Tetherme is THE solution!!! I had tried everything... None worked.. Then got this hint bout tether me.. But again had an issue when I wanted to install tetherme I had to install apn editing, for which to be installed I needed tetherme.. The randomly installed Internet tethering (biggboss) then installed tetherme cracked from sinful repo. And now it works fine!! Give it a shot!!

Heyy man.. Thanx a tonne.. I was so pissed abt d missing hotspot,, thot i got sm bugs or smthin..
Solutions worked..!!
10/10 for dis guy..

I am on my dads family plan and my connection thing just disappeared and i have no idea where it went.. I have tried every troubleshoot there is on the internet and nothing is making it come back. Any soluations? I have an iPhone 4s iOS 5.1.1

In iphone4 ISo 5.0.1 threre are no personal hotspot option in gernal and in network setting also????
What should I do????
Plz reply fast....