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11 Tips to Fix iPhone Personal Hotspot Not Working in iOS 15

DoubtUser Concern

“Hey, I have an iPhone 12 and I'm trying to use Personal HotSpot with my iPad but it isn't working. I've toggled Cellular off and on, restarting both iPhone & iPad. Still nothing. How will this get fixed?”

With the feature of Personal Hotspot, your iPhone or iPad can act as a wireless router to share the cellular data connection with other devices nearby via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.

Nothing is perfect. No matter how convenient it is, it can still come with unexpected problems. Recently, many iOS users compained that iPhone Personal Hotspot is not working after iOS 15 update.

Are you facing the same error on your iPhone? Don't worry. Here we will explain some factors that may affect the Personal Hotpspot on your iPhone along with the solutions to fix iPhone Personal Hotspot not working issue.

Part 1. Why Is Personal Hotspot Not Working on iPhone?

It is essential to know the possible factors that may lead to Personal Hotspot not working on iPhone. Doing so will improve the success rate to fix this issues and saves your precious time.

Most of the time, the Personal Hotspot not working problem occurs due to the malfuction of cellular network. So, you should check if the Cellular Data is enabled and works properly. At other times, the issue cound be related to software glitches or even system bugs.

Part 2. Basic Tips to Fix iPhone Hotspot Not Working

1. Enable Personal Hotspot on iPhone

Before you try other solutions, check whether your phone plan includes data for mobile hotspot and make sure it is enabled through the carrier. Or you'll have to change your phone plan or even phone company.

If you've already enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone but it is not working, you can try to restart your Personal Hotspot to fix the problem. To do that, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and toggle "Allow Others to Join" off and then back to on.

turn personal hotspot off and on

2. Turn Cellular Data Off and Back On

As we all know, Personal Hotspot uses cellular data to turn your iPhone or iPad into a Wi-Fi hotspot. If the device is having problem connecting to the cellular data, Personal Hotspot will not work.

So, go to Settings > Celluar to make sure that Cellular Data is turned on. If necessary, you can also toggle Cellular Data off and back on to get Personal Hotspot working again.

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3. Restart Your iPhone

Some minor software glitches may also prevent the Personal Hotspot from working on your iPhone. A simple restart of your iPhone will help to clear these minor software glitches and errors.

For iPhone X or newer, press and hold either Volume button and the Side button together until slide to power off appears.

For iPhone 8 or earlier. press and hold the Power button until slide to power off appears on the screen.

restart your iphone

Drag the slide from left to right to power off your iPhone. Wait for a while, press and hold the Side or Power button again to turn your iPhone back on.

4. Switch Personal Hotspot Modes

Personal Hotspot can be connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. Try another one if one of the connection modes doesn't work. This usually works to fix the Personal Hotspot connection issue. For instance, if you share your Personal Hotpot with iPad via Bluetooth, try to switch it to USB connection.

switch personal hotspot mode

5. Change Your iPhone Name

Other devices will not connect to your iPhone’s hotspot if you accidentally connect your iPhone to a different WiFi network. To resolve this network naming conflicts, you can change your iPhone name from Settings.

  • Open the Settings app and click on General.
  • Tap on About and edit the name of your iPhone.

change iphone name

Part 3. Other Troubleshooting Tips to Fix iPhone Hotspot Not Working

6. Reset Network Settings

The Personal Hotspot will not work if there is an error with the network connection. Thus reset network settings is reported to be another effective solution to fix Personal Hotspot error as well as any other thorny problems on iPhone.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset and tap on "Reset Network Settings". After that, the Wi-Fi passwords and Bluetooth devices will be removed, you have to enter the Wi-Fi password and pair Bluetooth devices again .

reset network settings

7. Update iOS on iPhone

Outdated version of iOS can also lead to many software errors, so it is important to install the latest version of iOS and check if it can fix the Personal Hotspot not working problem.

Open the Settings app and select "General", then tap on "Software Update". If an update is available, tap on "Download and Install".

update ios

8. Enable/Disable Maximize Compatibility

By default, iPhone 12 or later models support Personal Hotspot over 5GHz Wi-Fi. However, some older devices can only use a 2.4GHz connection and this could casue compatibility problems.

Luckily, Apple has introduced a new setting named "Maximize Compatibility" for this situation. You can go to Settings > Personal Hotspot to enable or disable Maximize Compatibility depending on the type of devices you want to connect to your iPhone's personal hotspot.

enable maximize compatibility

9. Update Carrier Settings

Same as iOS version, carrier providers regularly release updates to help users connecting their phones to carrer's network. If your iPhone Personal Hotspot is not working, you can try to update the carrier settings.

Go to Settings > General > About to check if any carrier update available, Wait a moment. If a message popup saying "Carrier Settings Update", click on "Update".

update carrier settings

10. Restore iPhone with DFU Mode (Data Loss)

If Personal Hotspot still isn't working on your iPhone after trying all the tips mentioned above, your can restore your iPhone using DFU mode. It is a way to deeply restore your device's system and solve severe problems. But this method will wipe everything form your iPhone. Before you do so, you should back up your iPhone to avoid permanent data loss.

For the detailed steps, please refer to How to Put an iPhone in DFU Mode.

11. Reinstall iOS without Data Loss

If you don't want to restore iPhone with DFU Mode, we suggest you reinstall your iOS using FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix the Personal Hotspot not working issue. This professional iOS repair tool can help you fix various iOS related issues on your iPhone or iPad. No data will be erased during the reparing process with this iOS System Recovery, that's why this software is recommended.


Here's How to Fix Personal Hotspot Not Working on iPhone without data loss:

Step 1. Download, install and run this tool on your computer, click on "Standard Mode" and a new interface will launch.

choose repair mode

Step 2. Click on "Next" and connect your iPhone to this computer with an USB cable.

connect ios device

Step 3. Once your iPhone is detected, check the device information and click "Download" to download the latest firmware.

download firmware package

Step 4. Finally, click on "Fix Now", the software will immediately begin repair and reinstall iOS on your iPhone.

fix now


Now you've learned the 11 troubleshooting tips to fix the issue of Personal Hotspot not working on iPhone or iPad. Hope that you have fix the problem and connected to the iPhone Wi-Fi hotspot. If you know any better solutions, share them in the comments section below.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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