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Sunday, November 7th, 2021 3:24 PM

Turn on Personal Hotspot without WIFI/Bluetooth/USB (iPhone 12)

I travel & sometimes to remote locations where there isn't available Wifi, Bluetooth or USB.  I attempt to use the personal hotspot on my Iphone 12 and it won't work unless I have these. Why is this?  Other providers like even cheap metro allow personal hotspot without this on older iphones than the 12.   I want and need to be able to use my personal hotspot for other devices without me having to be on a wifi network (I should be able to use my cellular data that I pay for) and the device that I want to allow to use my hotspot should not have to connect to me via bluetooth & usb! (thats just silly!!!) 

Thank you!

sandblaster

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1 year ago

You don’t seem to understand what a personal hotspot is. When you have hotspot enabled, other devices connect to your phone over WiFi or Bluetooth. Your phone is the WiFi network. You do not need the phone to be connected to a WiFi  network, in fact it can’t be connected to a WiFi network because the phone’s WiFi is being used for other devices to connect to it. It is possible to directly connect a device to your phone but you need the appropriate lightning adapter to do that. Otherwise, how else do you think a device would connect to a hotspot? There are only 3 options, WiFi, Bluetooth and direct connect.

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1 year ago

I understand what you are saying. I don't think I explained my question properly.

For example, I have an At&T data plan on my iphone 12. I am in a rural location where there is no other wifi available. I am wanting to connect lets say an ipad or laptop to my personal hotspot which is turned on.  It is not letting them connect to my personal hotspot unless my iphone 12 is connected to another wifi.

sandblaster

ACE - Expert

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62K Messages

1 year ago

That doesn’t make sense. As I’ve said, when you turn hotspot on, your iPhone can not be connected to another WiFi. Where exactly are you seeing this?

dwill05

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1 year ago

Do you have a plan that allows personal hotspot?  What happens when you try to turn on the phone’s personal hotspot when there is no Wifi around?  Is the case that you can’t turn on the phone’s hotspot when connected only to cellular, or you can turn it in, but your other devices can’t see or connect to the phone’s hotspot?

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