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To use Apple's Instant Hotspot feature



Apple's Instant Hotspot turns almost every iOS device with cellular connectivity into a personal hotspot for all of your Apple devices. Using an iOS device as a hotspot is useful when traveling or when you do not want to use the Wi-Fi network in your local café.

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

Prerequisites

To use Instant Hotspot, you need an iOS device with an active mobile data plan that includes a hotspot service. The device must be running iOS 8.1

or later. According to Apple, the devices that serve other Apple devices as a hotspot are as follows:

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

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

  Apple Instant Hotspot-enabled Devices

Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

Setup

As long as you have devices that meet the above requirements and you are logged into the same iCloud account on all of these devices, Apple will run Setup in the background. You do not have to connect or pair anything.

If you encounter problems, check the following:

  • Enable Bluetooth on both devices.
  • Enable Wi-Fi on both devices.
  • Verify that you are using the same devices Apple ID / iCloud account on both devices.
  • Make sure your Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to use hotspots.

Use instant hotspot

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Screenshot by Jason Cipriani / CNET

To connect to a Mac, click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. Let's fill in the list of available networks that will display your iPhone ($ 1,000 on Amazon) or your iPad as an option for the Personal Hotspot. Click on the device to use the hotspot feature.

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Screenshot of Jason Cipriani / CNET

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

When Instant Hotspot is used, a blue bar appears on the iOS device that is acting as a hotspot, indicating that one or more devices are connected to it. Tap the blue bar and slide the Personal Hotspot switch to Off to disconnect all attached devices.


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