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How to use Apple's Instant Hotspot feature



Apple's Instant Hotspot makes almost all iOS devices with a mobile connection to a personal hotspot for all your Apple devices. Using an iOS device as a hotspot is useful when traveling, or when you don't want to use the Wi-Fi network at your local cafe.

There is virtually no setting, as long as your devices meet the requirements (they probably do), and the process of connecting to your hotspot device is incredibly easy. Here's what you need to know.

Requirements

To use Instant Hotspot, you need an iOS device with an active mobile data plan containing hotspot service. The device must run iOS 8.1

or later. According to Apple, the devices that will provide hotspots to other Apple devices are:

Of course, the iPad models on the list must be a Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Here are the devices that can then connect to your mobile device and use Instant Hotspot:

  Apple instant hotspot compatible devices

Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Setup

As long as you have devices that meet the above requirements and you are signed in to the same iCloud account over all these devices, the installation is done in the background of Apple. You do not need to connect or pair anything.

If you encounter problems, here are some things to check:

  • Turn on Bluetooth on both devices.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi on both devices.
  • Double check that you are using the same Apple ID / iCloud account on both devices.
  • Make sure your wireless plan makes it possible to use the hotspot.

Use Instant Hotspot

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Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

To establish a connection on a Mac, click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. Allow the list of available networks to display your iPhone ($ 1000 on Amazon) or iPad as an option for Personal Hotspot. Click on the device to start using the hotspot feature.

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Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Using another iOS device, you can use Instant Hotspot by opening Settings > Wi-Fi and looking for the iOS device you want to connect to in the list of options.

When using the Instant Hotspot, you see a blue bar over time on the iOS device that acts as a hotspot and lets you know that a device (or devices) is connected to it. Touch the blue field and slide the Personal Hotspot switch to Off position to disconnect all connected devices.


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