Is your iPhone 12 personal hotspot not working? Here are a few troubleshooting steps you can try to get connected.
When there’s no Wi-Fi available for your laptop or other devices where you are, the next best option is to use your iPhone’s personal hotspot. In case you didn’t know, the personal hotspot feature lets you share your cellular data connection to other devices. You simply have to make sure that you enable this feature before other devices can try connecting to your hotspot. Please note: using your personal hotspot can consume your iPhone’s battery a lot faster.
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If your iPhone 12 has failed to enable your personal hotspot, your iPhone 12 hotspot is not discoverable, or you’re encountering any other hotspot problems, keep reading. We’re going to look at how to fix iPhone 12 tethering.
Fix iPhone 12 Hotspot Not Working issue
If your iPhone 12 personal hotspot isn’t working, here are the best solutions to fix the issue:
Restart Your iPhone
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. When you use your iPhone frequently and have several programs running in the background, your iPhone’s processing can become slower, and even experience some bugs. There is a chance your iPhone 12 hotspot problem can be resolved simply by restarting your device.
To do this, go to Settings > General > Shut down. Leave your iPhone off for 30 seconds to a minute before turning it back on. Then check to see if the problem is resolved.
Enable Airplane Mode
Airplane mode disables a device’s wireless transmission functions, this includes cellular radio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Sometimes when you’re facing iPhone 12 Hotspot issues, enabling and disabling airplane mode can help resolve the problem by restarting your network connections.
To do this, pull down your Control center and select the Airplane mode icon and wait for 30 seconds to a minute before disabling it again. Then check to see if the iPhone 12 Hotspot problem is resolved.
Confirm Your iPhone’s Internet Connection Is Working
To determine if your problem lies with your internet connection, make sure that your cellular data is switched on. Perform a quick Google search to confirm if your data is slow or getting bad reception.
Check your cellular data limit for the month to make sure if you have exceeded it or not. If you’re on a prepaid plan with a limit, your data speeds will be throttled when you pass it, rendering your hotspot unusable. You will have to contact your data provider to fix the problem.
Disable Your VPN
Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a smart way to protect your online privacy but it can also cause issues with mobile connectivity on the phone. A VPN routes your traffic through its servers, and this can cause decrease your connection speed.
It is recommended to disable VPNs when using your mobile’s hotspot to prevent connection problems.
To disable your VPN, follow these steps:
Go to Settings.
Disable any active VPNs.
Try a Different Connection Method
Most people assume that in order to use a personal hotspot, you need to use a Wi-Fi connection. That’s not true. You can also use Bluetooth or even a trusty USB cable to make the connection.
By trying alternative hotspot connection methods, you can rule out (or establish!) a problem with your phone’s Wi-Fi hardware.
If you’re attempting to use Bluetooth, you need to pair your iPhone with the computer or mobile device you’re trying to share the hotspot with. On an iPhone, that means you need to go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the name of the device in question.
If this is the first time that you’ve connected the other device, you may need to go through a PIN verification process.
Using a USB cable to connect to a hotspot is as simple as connecting your phone to a computer and selecting the hotspot from the list of available networks. USB also benefits from being the fastest type of connection. If speed is important to you, this is the best solution.
Update your carrier settings
Updating carrier settings may fix your iPhone 12 hotspot problem. Here is how:
- Go to Settings > General > About.
- if a new update is available, you’ll see an option (a popup will appear). Then follow the onscreen instructions.
Reset Network Settings
iOS offers a built-in way to erase user data and restore settings to the factory defaults. However, you can also take a more granular approach by only removing certain kinds of data.
In the case of your iPhone 12 personal hotspot not working, you only need to delete the network settings. To do so, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. You will need to enter your passcode before the phone lets you proceed.
The reset process will remove all your Wi-Fi and carrier settings and delete your custom iPhone name. This will give you a blank slate to make sure there wasn’t an erroneous network setting causing the hotspot problem.
Sign Out of iCloud
Some people have also claimed that logging out of your iCloud account can resolve iPhone 12 personal hotspot not working issue. It’s not clear why doing do so would fix a network issue, but it’s worth a shot if nothing else has solved it.
To sign out of your iCloud account, go to Settings > [Username] > Sign Out. Make sure you log back into your account to re-enable your iCloud services.
Reset Your iPhone
The last-ditch solution is to wipe the operating system—along with all your user data—and reset your entire iPhone.
You can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to begin the process. But you should be sure to make a backup first.
Alternatively, you can also achieve the same outcome by using Finder or iTunes on a computer. Connect your phone to your computer, open the Finder or iTunes app, choose your iPhone in the left-hand panel, and click on Restore iPhone.
Visit an Apple Service Center Next
If all else fails, you can head to an Apple Store (or an Authorized Service Provider) and get the team there to take a look. There’s a chance you’re facing a hardware issue. If you are, no amount of fiddling with settings or types of connection will solve your inability to connect to an iPhone 12 hotspot.
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It can be frustrating dealing with iPhone 12 hotspot issues as they always happen to occur when you need the internet the most. The solutions presented here should fix any problem you may face on your phone. Network issues often occur when you’re in an area with a weak connection, so make sure to always check your area when using your phone’s hotspot.
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