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The personal hotspot feature on your iPhone or iPad could be lifesaving for someone who’s in dire need of an internet connection. You can quickly share your device’s internet connection with others, such as your friends or family or an unknown person who may need access to the internet for some emergency needs. However, you must be careful and know who is connected and how to manage the connections on your device.
This guide will walk you through the steps to efficiently monitor the devices connected to your iPhone or iPad personal hotspot and control who’s using your Hotspot.
- Easily monitor and manage connected devices by navigating to the Personal Hotspot settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Enhance security by regularly changing your Personal Hotspot password and ensuring only authorized users can access your hotspot.
- Keep track of data usage for each connected device, allowing you to stay informed and manage your hotspot efficiently.
Step 1: Access Personal Hotspot Settings
To manage and monitor the personal hotspot on your iPhone, you need to navigate to the Personal Hotspot setting. The steps are as follows:
- Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on “Personal Hotspot.”
- You will see two toggle switches: Allow others to Join and Maximize Compatibility. These toggle switches are used for managing the Personal Hotspot on the iPhone and iPad.
Step 2: Enable Personal Hotspot
To enable the personal hotspot on iPhone and iPad, follow these steps:
- In the Settings app, tap on “Personal Hotspot.”
- Toggle the Allow Others to Join switch and then tap on Wi-Fi Password.
- Delete the existing default password and then type a new password.
- Tap Done.
- Enable Maximize Compatibility.
- Now users can connect to your personal hotspot using the password you provide to them.
Once set up, you can scroll down the status bar to access Control Center > tap and hold the WiFi icon and then tap on the Personal Hotspot icon to quickly turn the personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad.
When someone tries to connect to your iPhone or iPad, you receive a prompt for the first time to Allow or Don’t Allow. If you tap Allow, the device will connect to your personal hotspot and use the shared internet from your network service provider.
Step 3: View Connected Devices
To check how many devices are connected to your iPhone’s or iPad’s personal hotspot, follow these steps:
- Tap on the Personal Hotspot settings. You’ll see a list of devices currently connected.
- Each connected device is displayed with its name and connection type (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB).
- To see who is connected to your personal hotspot, you can download and install a free network scanner app, such as Network Analyzer.
- Open the app and tap the LAN tab.
- Then tap the SCAN button at the top right corner. This will display all the devices currently connected to your personal Wi-Fi hotspot network.
- You can tap on the device to see more device details.
You can also connect your iPhone to a PC and use the device as a USB hotspot device to access the internet on your PC without Wi-Fi. iPhone and iPad also allow you to share your internet connection via Bluetooth connection.
Step 4: Monitor Usage
Data is not free and comes at a cost. Thus, it’s important to monitor the data usage by the connected device and ensure no one is overusing the data. While you cannot monitor the cellular data usage in real-time, you can surely check how much data each connected device has used by following these steps:
- Open Settings and go to Mobile Data.
- Scroll down and then tap on Personal Hotspot.
- Here you can check the data usage of each connected device.
This feature helps you keep track of data consumption by individual devices.
Step 5: Manage Connected Devices
In Android devices, you can easily tap and remove any connected device to the personal hotspot. However, to remove a connected device from your personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad, you can do any of the following:
- Turn off the personal hotspot. However, this will disconnect all connected devices.
- Change the password. A viable option as it allows you to disconnect unwanted people or devices and allows others to keep accessing and using your cellular data for the internet.
To change the password, simply:
- Tap Settings > Personal Hotspot
- Then tap on Wi-Fi Password.
- Delete the existing password and type a new password.
- Tap Done.
You can then share this password with people with whom you want to share the personal hotspot.
Monitoring and managing devices connected to your iPhone or iPad Personal Hotspot is a simple yet essential task. By following the steps shared in this guide, you can keep a check and track of connected devices, monitor data usage, and ensure the security of your hotspot by managing and disconnecting unauthorized devices.
Make sure to regularly change your hotspot password. This will help add an extra layer of security and ensure a safe and seamless experience when sharing your device’s internet connection or cellular data on the go with others via a personal Wi-Fi hotspot.