Computers, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and lately smartwatches require stable Internet connections in order to perform at their true potential. Getting used to daily online activity, you might end up in trouble if you reach a location that isn’t equipped with a Wi-Fi router. Yes, you can use your iPhone’s cellular Internet connection, but what if you need to work using the large screen of your notebook? The trick is to turn your iOS device into an Internet hotspot for your Mac or Windows computer!
What is a Hotspot?
It’s the source which provides wireless Internet connection to any intelligent device that is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity hardware. More exactly, it’s the router that has the role to spread out the Internet connection that enters your home. Usually providers bring Internet at your doorstep with the help of cables. The hotspot ensures an wireless bridge between the Internet source and the end user. This way a single connection can be divided and accessed by multiple devices from a specific location.
Using The iPhone as a Hotspot
When you’re on the move, or in a remote location chances of finding a hotspot to connect your Mac or Windows computer to become quite slim. However, you can use your iPhone’s data plan to outsource an Internet connection and complete important tasks that can’t be postponed, until you get back to an area with Wi-Fi routers. Your iOS device can provide online connectivity via three communication channels: Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; USB. Each of them come with advantages and disadvantages, but from our experience the most frequently used method is the Wi-Fi connection.
How To Turn Your iPhone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
As explained above, users transform their iOS device into a router when there is no other option available to connect their notebooks to an other Internet source. Wi-Fi is the most convenient method, because it doesn’t require anything special. Here is how to do it:
Step 1: Grab your iPhone and check if you have carrier signal. If the answer is positive, proceed and open the Settings app. Tap on Cellular and check if Cellular Data is enabled.
Step 2: Return to Settings and browse Personal Hotspot. Toggle the knob to activate the feature.
Step 3: Set up a password for the Wi-Fi connection. This will keep your data transfer secure and prevent others from connecting to your hotspot and deplete your data plan.
Step 4: Turn to your notebook or computer and check your Wi-Fi settings. The name of your iPhone will be highlighted in the hotspots list. Click on it and enter the password that you previously configured. That’s it, you can now start browsing!
Fact: The better the carrier signal the faster your Internet connection will work!
iPhone as Hotspot via Bluetooth or USB
If the Wi-Fi option isn’t available you can link your smartphone with your computer via Bluetooth. Enable the system on both ends and pair the two devices. Search for your iPhone on the computer. Use a code to authorize the connection and connect to the web via your iOS gadget.
If your notebook lacks in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity you can still borrow an Internet connection from your iPhone, via the USB system. Connect the lightning cable to your smartphone and plug it into your computer. Now, pick iPhone from the list of available networks in your computer’s settings.
Fact: Do mind, that the iPhone’s battery will burn out significantly faster, while the gadget is used as a Wi-Fi Hotspot. A lot of processes are running in the same time eating up power faster than normal.
Tip: Place your iPhone on a desk or on a flat surface next to your computer. Don’t store it in your pocket, while you use it as a hotspot. All antennas are working full time and EMF radiation exposure gets close to its maximum SAR levels. Precaution is always welcomed!