With the recent expanded data plans implemented by all of the major US carriers, we can share data between all devices registered on the same plan, whether it be an iPhone, iPad, or any other device capable of using a cellular data connection. Here's how to set your iPhone up as a Wi-fi Hotspot.
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How to use your iPhone as a wi-fi hotspot

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US phone carrier’s have recently been trying their best to out-do each other when it comes to services and prices they have been offering to their customers.  This trend was started by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, and has spread to the other (3) major US carriers–AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.  They can aways do better–but for now, the customer has benefitted from this friendly “competition” with bundled rates and expanded services.

One such added benefit has been expanded data plans that allow for sharing across multiple devices within a plan.  Now these plans and their pricing vary from carrier to carrier, but the general premise remains the same.  Now, we can share data between all devices registered on the same plan, whether it be an iPhone, iPad, or any other device capable of using a cellular data connection.

Aside from the obvious benefits, why should you care?  For one, many of us use our laptops as our main productivity tools.  On occasion, I use my iPad and my iPhone 6 Plus to carry out tasks I can also complete on my MBP, but not for long term use.  In the past, when I was away from the office/home I couldn’t use the internet on my computer–so “real” productivity suffered.  Now I can use the Wi-fi signal from my iPhone 6 Plus as a Hotspot for my computer.  Here’s how…

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Open –>Settings on your iPhone and select –>Personal Hotspot.  Toggle the switch to on, and then select –>Wi-fi Password.  Enter a password to secure your tethered connection.  Open Network preferences, or select from the drop-down menu on your computer, and enter the password you created on your iPhone.

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That’s it!  Now your tethering your iPhone Wi-fi connection to your computer, or any other device.  While tethering, your iPhone will reveal how many devices are using your Wi-fi connection via a blue banner on the top of the screen.  Happy tethering!

 

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