The Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone allows you to share the Internet connection on your iPhone with another wireless device, such as an iPad or laptop computer. Once you enable the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, then you can connect to it from the other device in a manner very similar to how you would connect to a Wi-Fi network.
The name of your Personal Hotspot is pulled from the device name, so it is probably something like “My iPhone”, but you can change this setting by editing the name currently being used for your device.
Change the Name of a Personal Hotspot on an iPhone 6
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. We will be changing the iPhone device name in the steps below, as that is the setting on your device that determines the name of your personal hotspot. You can also change the password for your personal hotspot in iOS 9 if someone knows the password, and you do not want them to be able to access your personal hotspot anymore.
Note that connecting to and using the personal hotspot can use a lot of cellular data if you are connected to a cellular network. This data usage can be very high if you are performing data-intensive activities on the connected device, such as streaming video.
- Open the Settings menu.
- Scroll down and select the General option.
- Tap the About button at the top of the screen.
- Tap the Name button at the top of the screen.
- Tap the small x button to the right of the current name, enter a new name, then tap the blue Done button on the keyboard.
Now that you have changed your hotspot name, you might be curious about some of the other information related to the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature. We continue this article below with more information about those topics.
How to Change the Hotspot Password on an iPhone
When another device wants to connect to your Apple iPhone and use your device’s Internet connection, they will need to know the password for your hotspot. Much like the Wi-Fi password that might be required for you to connect to your home or office wireless network, this password serves an important function by not allowing any nearby device to use your data.
- Open the Settings app.
- Select the Personal Hotspot option.
- Tap on the current password.
- Delete the current password, then enter a new one.
If you would like to allow someone who had previously used your Personal Hotspot to continue to do so, then you will need to provide them with the new password.
More Information About the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot
- You can turn the Personal Hotspot on or off by either opening Personal Hotspot from the Settings menu and tapping the button to the right of Allow Others to Join option, or you can open the Control Center, tap and hold on the Connectivity square, then tap the Personal Hotspot button.
- The iPhone’s Personal Hotspot is similar to a mobile hotspot or Wi-Fi hotspot that you might purchase from your cellular provider. However, these devices often include an additional monthly charge and may even share the same mobile data plan that you are already using for your iPhone.
- You can open the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your Home screen on older iPhone models like the iPhone 6, or by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen on newer iPhone models with a notch at the top, like the iPhone 11.
- By changing your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot network name like we did at the start of this article, you are going to changing some other things, such as the name of your iPhone as it is seen on wireless networks.
- The only configurable Hotspot settings are the network name, the Personal Hotspot password, and whether or not that setting is turned on.
- When another device is sharing your data connection you will see a blue bar at the top of the screen. Alternatively you can tap on hold on the Connectivity square on the Control Center and view the number of connected devices under the Personal Hotspot section.
Do you use a lot of cellular data on your iPhone, and would like to stop? Learn how to restrict cellular usage for individual apps in iOS 9 so that they can only connect to the Internet when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
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