How to Connect to a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot Using Bluetooth

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In a previous daily tip we discussed how to set up a Personal Hotspot using your iPhone, and how to connect your devices to it using Wi-Fi. But what to do if Wi-Fi is unavailable or unreliable? You're not out of options; it's time to connect to your Personal Hotspot using Bluetooth. While your Bluetooth connection will be slower than Wi-Fi, it does have its charms. Bluetooth uses far less power than a Wi-Fi connection, is more secure, and features automatic pairing—as opposed to Wi-Fi, which has a lag while your laptop, iPad or iPod connects, and may require you to rejoin the network every time your device goes to sleep. So without further ado, let's learn how to connect to a Personal Hotspot using Bluetooth!

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How to Connect to a Personal Hotspot Using Bluetooth   

  • Go to Settings and tap Personal Hotspot, toggle on.

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  • Go to Settings and find Bluetooth.

  • Toggle Bluetooth on and keep this screen open.

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  • On your iPad or iPod Touch (this won't work with another iPhone) go to Settings. 

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Now tap Bluetooth, then the device you're pairing with.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • On your Mac go to the Apple Menu and click System Preferences. 

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

  • Now choose Bluetooth.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

  •  Identify the device you're connecting with, click Pair, and follow the instructions.

How to Use Your iPhone as a Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot

Now you can get back to work; just keep in mind that using a Personal Hotspot eats up cellular data on your iPhone.  Depending on your phone plan, you may end up paying for data overages, or experiencing a slow-down once you've reached a monthly cap. Something to look into before setting up and using your Wi-Fi Hotspot with Bluetooth.

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

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