There are a lot of reasons for your personal hotspot to stop working, however, mostly it’s the network inconsistency having to do with the Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and VPN settings that can also be responsible for this issue to occur.
Personal Hotspot not working on iTunes
After investigating this particular issue thoroughly, it turns out that there are several different underlying reasons that might prevent you from establishing a personal Hotspot within your iOS device. Here’s a list of potential culprits:
Now that you are aware of every potential reason that might prevent you from establishing a personal hotspot on your iOS device, follow the methods below to troubleshoot & fix the problem away:
1. Change Name of the Phone and Password of Hotspot
As it turns out, one of the most effective and easiest fixes out there is to change the name of the iPhone and iPad and the password of the hotspot.
On top of allowing you to return your Personal Hotspot assistant from a glitched state, this will also serve the purpose of forcing the computer (or another device) connecting to the hotspot to ask for the password again, thus refreshing the Wi-Fi connections.
If you’re looking for step by step instructions on changing the name of your iPhone or iPad along with the hotspot password, follow the instructions below:
If the problem is still not fixed, move down to the next potential fix below.
2. Reset Network Settings
According to a lot of affected users, you can also expect to encounter this particular issue due to a network inconsistency related to temporary data containing info about Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or VPN settings.
If this is the source of this issue with the Personal Assistant, you should be able to fix the problem by resetting your network settings in order to clear every networking temp data cache and reset all cellular settings to their factory defaults.
We’ve managed to find a host of users confirming that once they’ve reset the network settings, they can finally use the personal hotspot functionality.
Here’s a quick step by step guide that will walk you through the process of resetting your iPhone’s or iPad’s network settings from the Settings menu:
If the same problem is still occurring, move down to the next potential fix below.
3. Disable and Re-Enable Cellular Data
This is one of the few minor software glitches that are still around on iOS software years after iPhone and iPad users have started reporting it.
A software glitch affecting the management of cellular data is often responsible for breaking the Personal Hotspot feature. Most commonly, this issue occurs because there’s a problem bridging the cellular data with the hotspot feature.
Note: Keep in mind that when other devices attempt to connect to your personal hotspot, they’re actually using the cellular data on your cell phone plan.
Fortunately, most affected users have reported that they managed to fix this issue by turning the cellular data Off and then back On in order to fix the minor software glitch.
Follow the instructions below for a step-by-step guide on forcing the installation of the pending carrier setting update:
Why wont my iPad connect to my hotspot?
Reset Network Settings We recommend resetting the iPad's network settings if you still keep experiencing connectivity issues with one or more Wi-Fi hotspots. That usually resolves severe underlying problems with network connectivity, but the reset procedure also erases all saved Wi-Fi hotspots.
How do I get my iPad to connect to my phone hotspot?
Wi-Fi. On the device that you want to connect to, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and make sure that it's on. Then verify the Wi-Fi password and name of the phone. Stay on this screen until you've connected your other device to the Wi-Fi network.
Why is my hotspot on but not connecting?
Check that the connecting device's Wi-Fi is turned on. Update to the latest firmware version for all devices. Restart the Hotspot device or phone. Restart the devices you are trying to connect to the Hotspot.