You can do some work on the go if you have a laptop. That is if you have access to the internet. The problem is that we aren’t always near a reliable network. Tap or click here to learn about four different ways to connect to the internet in your RV: Antenna, Wi-Fi extender, booster, and hotspot are all included.
When you need internet, you can either bring your laptop to a coffee shop or use your iPhone to create a hotspot. You can share your mobile data with your computer or any other device by enabling a few settings on your iPhone.
Setting up a mobile hotspot isn’t as difficult as you might think. Continue reading to learn how to quickly turn your iPhone into a hotspot.
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Set a Wi-Fi hotspot.
It only takes a few taps on your iOS device to set up a sharable internet connection. Tap Settings, then Personal Hotspot in the first group of options. Enter a password in the Wi-Fi Password box to secure the connection. After that, move the slider next to Allow Others to Join to the right to enable it.
The hotspot is now operational, and anyone who has the password can connect to it. The process for joining a Wi-Fi connection on the other device is the same as it is for any other Wi-Fi connection. Open the Settings app on the second device and select Wi-Fi.
Locate your newly created Wi-Fi hotspot and tap it to connect. You will be prompted to enter your password, and it will then connect.
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Set up a Bluetooth hotspot
The steps for creating a Bluetooth hotspot are nearly identical, with the exception of a slight difference in the connection method. After you’ve completed the steps for creating a secure hotspot, you’ll need to pair your iPhone with the device that requires internet access.
Navigate to the Settings app and select Bluetooth. Enable Bluetooth by swiping the toggle to the right. Your device is now discoverable. When the other device’s Bluetooth is turned on, it will appear in the list of devices to which you can connect. Tap the second device’s name.
Typically, you will be asked to confirm the passcode displayed on both screens. If the code is the same, you know you’re connecting to the correct device. Apple recommends using Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth for iOS-to-iOS connections.
Making a Wi-Fi hotspot with USB
If your computer or laptop lacks a Bluetooth receiver, the next best option is to connect via a USB cable. Toggle the Allow Others to Join slider once more to complete the process of creating a hotspot.
You’ll need the most recent version of iTunes installed on your machine for the next step. If you don’t, when you open it, a notification will appear prompting you to update.
Connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning-to-USB cable while the hotspot is active. A popup will appear on your device asking if you trust this computer. When you press the Trust button, iTunes will begin to sync your data.
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There is nothing else you need to do because the connected computer will automatically use your iPhone’s internet connection. Look to the right side of the taskbar on a Windows-based computer. Your iPhone will be listed as a wired internet connection.
Things to remember
You can close the hotspot at any time by deactivating the slider next to Allow Others to Join in the Personal Hotspot section of Settings. If you’re sharing a connection via a USB cable, simply unplug the iPhone and the connection will be terminated.
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If you have Family Sharing enabled, family members can automatically join your Personal Hotspot. While it is not recommended, it is possible to set it up without a password. To enable Family Sharing, navigate to Settings > Personal Hotspot > Family Sharing. A list of family members will be displayed, and you can choose whether they join automatically or only with your permission. For the latter, whenever