Sometimes you need to connect to the Internet on your laptop or tablet, but you aren’t anywhere near a Wi-Fi network that would make that possible. Fortunately you can leverage your iPhone’s ability to connect to the Internet and turn it into a kind of wireless router that can share its network connection with a tablet, laptop, or other wireless device.
Our guide below will show you how to use the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone 7 so that you can share your iPhone’s cellular data connection and get additional devices online.
How to Use the iPhone 7 Personal Hotspot
The steps in this guide were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. Note that this can cause you to use a lot of data on your device. If you are concerned about potential data overage charges, then it is a good idea to monitor the type of activity performed on any devices that are connected to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot. Streaming videos, playing online games, downloading large files, etc. can consume your data at an alarming rate, so try to avoid those types of actions on your connected device.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Select the Personal Hotspot option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Personal Hotspot to turn it on. Take note of the hotspot name and the password, as you will need that information when you connect the other devices. Your hotspot name and password are likely different than the ones shown in the image below.
Step 4: Switch to the computer, tablet, or other device that you wish to connect to the wireless hotspot that is now being broadcast from your iPhone, then use the hotspot name and password from the previous step to sign onto that network as you normally would.
Monitoring your personal hotspot use is a good way to minimize potential additional iPhone data charges, but another good option is to avoid roaming charges. Learn how to turn off data roaming on your iPhone so that you aren’t hit with a large, unexpected cell phone bill because of them.