Your Wifi is not going well? You can share your iPhone’s 3G or 4G data connection with a Mac, iPad (or even PC), and surf the web from anywhere. Here we show you how to turn your iPhone into an access point or hotspot.
Have you ever wanted to share the cellular connection of your iPhone with other users or devices such as laptops or iPads and you did not know how to do it? It is very easy to configure iPhone as a wifi access point or hotspot and here we are going to show you how to do it.

Also, we will make sure to show you how deploy adequate security measures, setting a secure password for the Wi-Fi network that your iPhone generates as an access point.

It is relatively easy to turn your iPhone into an access point, since it is something common among users and Apple has been facilitating this work with the arrival of new versions of iOS. It is advisable to take a look at the conditions of the contract of your operator to avoid incurring additional expenses.

Pay special attention if you go on a trip outside your country. Although today, most operators within the European Union offer roaming ) in calls and data, in some cases you may incur an excessive expense that affects your bill.

Please note that your Mac or Laptop PC can significantly increase data consumption by identifying that it is connected to a Wi-Fi network and not taking into account that it is a connection enabled by your mobile, based on 3G or 4G connectivity.

How to activate the access point on an iPhone

The creation of an access point turns iPhone into a wifi router, similar to your home router. IPhone connects to the Internet using your 3G / 4G mobile data connection, and then transmits it via a wireless Wi-Fi connection to which your Mac, iPad, PC or other device can connect. You can also connect it by cable to the USB port of your computer.

Actually, there are two ways to create an access point with your iPhone.

Set up an iPhone access point quickly

If you have iOS 13 installed on your iPhone, the fastest way to turn on a Hotspot or access point is to do this:

  1. On an iPhone X, XS, XR, or iPhone 11, drag down from the top corner to open the Control Center. On an older iPhone, swipe up from the bottom to open the Control Center.
  2. Press hard inside the block of four icons representing airplane, wifi and Bluetooth mode.
  3. This will open a larger block of icons, including AirDrop and Personal Hotspot. Simply tap on the personal access point and it will become ‘Visible’.

Set it up as an iPhone access point via ‘Settings’

In previous versions of iOS it was not Hotspot can be activated from the Control Center. In fact, the access point can only be configured within the ‘Settings’ section. Access points can still be activated with respect to settings in iOS 13, but it works in a slightly different way.

On iOS 13

  • Open configuration
  • Click on ‘Personal access point’ (under Mobile data). This will automatically activate your Hotspot in iOS 11.
  • The new options in iOS 13 include the new option ‘Share personal access point with Family Sharing members’ and ‘Allow others to join’. If you want to create an access point, you must allow others to join. Your Hotspot will automatically be visible, but others will need to enter the password to join.
  • You and anyone you share Family with in iOS 13 will be able to automatically log into your Hotspot without using the password: hence the new Family Sharing tab.
  • Press this and you will see the option to allow other family members to join your Hotspot. You can choose between ‘Request approval or Automatic’ to determine how they will join your access point.

In versions prior to iOS 13

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ application, then tap on ‘Mobile data’ ( on iOS 10 or later). In some previous versions of iOS, you only have to select Mobile / Cellular).
  2. Now tap on ‘Personal Access Point’ and leave it checked as Enabled. (Touch the slider to turn it green.)
  3. If the wifi and / or Bluetooth are turned off, iOS will ask you if you want to activate them again. We recommend doing it, without them the access point will be limited to the USB wired connection. (Which is safer.)
  4. Tca in ‘Wifi Password’ and enter a secure password. (This is not related to your Apple ID or the usual wifi connection.)
  5. Now check the name of the access point that is displayed to be able to search it from the other devices and locate it by Wi-Fi.

If you are connected to a Hotspot or access point transmitted by your own device, any other device you own may connect without entering a password, as long as you are logged into iCloud.

If you are running iOS 13 and you use Family Sharing, any device of a member of your family will automatically connect to the access point without requiring the password set.

How to connect to iPhone access point from Mac

Now that you know how to configure your iPhone as an access point for other devices, we are going to show you how to connect your MacBook or Mac.

  1. Click on the wifi icon located in the menu bar of your Mac. You will see a number of available wireless networks that you can view locally. Turn on the wifi if necessary.
  2. In the Personal Hotspots section, you should see the Hotspot on your iPhone (if you don’t have a section for Personal Hotspot, you should find it below).
  3. If you are using iOS 13, your Mac should connect automatically, whenever you are logged into iCloud; otherwise, enter the password.
  4. If you don’t have the wifi icon in the menu bar of your Mac, open ‘System Preferences’ and click ‘Network’. Select wifi from the list on the left. Choose the access point of your iPhone from the drop-down menu by the name of the network.

Now you can surf the Internet from your Mac or iPad using the data connection of your iPhone. The browsing experience may vary depending on the quality of network connection offered by your terminal and available coverage.

When you’re done, don’t forget to press in ‘Settings> Mobile> Personal access point’ on your iPhone and mark it as ‘Disabled’.

What if the Mac doesn’t connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot?

We have options to carry out a diagnosis. The wizard allows you to display various tests on our Mac before creating a diagnostic report. The problem may be due to a problem with iOS 13 that prevents Hotspot sharing from working.

How to connect to the iPhone access point from a Windows PC

Once you have enabled your point Access from the iPhone, you should be able to see the network from any computer, also from your Windows PC.

  1. Start by activating the wifi on your PC
  2. Then click on the wifi icon in the taskbar and search for a new network.
  3. Choose the one you have associated with your iPhone.
  4. Click connect and enter the password.

How to connect to the iPhone access point through Bluetooth

You can also connect using Bluetooth. You must pair your iPhone and your computer using a simple code.

  • On a Mac, you’ll need to open ‘System Preferences > Bluetooth> Activate Bluetooth ‘, and then search the network of your iPhone to connect.
  • On a PC, you must click on ‘Join a personal area network> Add a device’ and choose the name of your iPhone from those displayed.

How to connect to iPhone access point via USB

As you know, you can also connect to your iPhone from your Mac using a USB cable, which could be the best option if you are in a place where there are many Wi-Fi networks. You may also be interested for security reasons.

You will need that if you have the last one iTunes version on your Mac. If you have already updated your device to the latest version of macOS Catalina, this will no longer be necessary, since your iPhone will be managed through the Finder.

Connect iPhone to your Mac helped by a USB cable that has the Lightning connector on one end and the USB-C on the other. You may need an adapter, except if you own an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, since these Models already include it.

You should now see a warning that it will ask if you trust this computer. Click on ‘Trust’. Next, choose your iPhone from the drop-down list of networks with the wifi logo, located in the menu bar.

Dangers and Warnings

What happens if someone tries to kidnap your connection or impersonate your identity using the hotspot that your iPhone has deployed?

Truth be told, you should feel safe since the access point of your iPhone is password protected. (All the more reason for not choosing keys of the type “123456 ”or another that can be easily guessed).

Also, you will see a small notification at the top of your iPhone screen when a device accesses your access point or hotspot , for information

Another important warning is related with the data limits established for navigation, for which you should avoid downloading heavy applications or files, or carrying out system updates.

It is easy to forget, when accessing the web through a device that is normally limited to wifi connections, that you are connected to a 3G or 4G data network. You will find it next to the clock.


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