How to Use Your Phone as a Hotspot

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network.

Set up Personal Hotspot

  1. Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot.
  2. Tap the slider next to Allow Others to Join.

If you don’t see the option for Personal Hotspot, contact your carrier to make sure that you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

Connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB

You can connect to a Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB. And with iOS 13 or later, devices that are connected to a Personal Hotspot will stay connected, even if the screen is locked, so those devices will still get notifications and messages.

Here are some tips for using each method.

When you connect a device to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar turns blue and shows how many devices have joined. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot at one time depends on your carrier and iPhone model. If other devices have joined your Personal Hotspot using Wi-Fi, you can use only cellular data to connect to the Internet from the host device.

Use these steps to connect:

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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.

On the device that you want to connect, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and look for your iPhone or iPad in the list. Then tap the Wi-Fi network to join. If asked, enter the password for your Personal Hotspot.

Bluetooth

To make sure that your iPhone or iPad is discoverable, go to Settings > Bluetooth and stay on that screen. Then on your Mac or PC, follow the manufacturer directions to set up a Bluetooth network connection. Learn more about using Personal Hotspot with Bluetooth.

Personal Hotspot supports Bluetooth connections with Mac, PC, and other third-party devices. To connect another iOS device, use Wi-Fi.

USB

Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with the USB cable that came with your device. If you see an alert that says tap “Trust This Computer?” tap Trust.

Learn more about connecting a device to your iPhone or iPad’s Personal Hotspot.

Share a mobile connection by hotspot or tethering on Android

You can use your phone’s mobile data to connect another phone, tablet, or computer to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some phones can share Wi-Fi connection by tethering.

Most Android phones can share mobile data by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB.

Important: Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. We recommend checking with your carrier.Important: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn on your hotspot

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Hotspot .
    • If you don’t find Hotspot , at the bottom left, tap Edit  and drag Hotspot  into your Quick Settings.

Connect another device to your phone’s hotspot

  1. On the other device, open that device’s list of Wi-Fi options.
  2. Pick your phone’s hotspot name.
  3. Enter your phone’s hotspot password.
  4. Click Connect.

If you don’t want your hotspot to require a password:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Hotspot .
  3. Under “Security,” tap None.

Tip: You can share your phone’s mobile data with up to 10 other devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot.

It’s all too much, can I get some help?

Why, yes, we are here to help. Contact Us and we will get you set up!

How to set up a Legacy Contact on iOS

What is Apple’s Digital Legacy program?

Apple’s Digital Legacy program is a way for someone that you choose to access your digital information stored in your Apple account after you die.

So much of our important data is stored in digital form — like photos, messages, contacts, email, notes, and more. For Apple users, that info is locked away behind an Apple ID password. If the account owner, rightly, hasn’t shared the password, then loved ones will be unable to access any of that information once they are no longer around.

Instead of being left in the lurch, Digital Legacy allows users to name select friends or family members as Legacy Contacts who can request a copy of their data in the event of their death.

How to add a Legacy Contact on iOS

Here’s how to do it on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 15.2 or later.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap Password & Security.
  1. Tap Legacy Contact.
  2. Tap Add Legacy Contact. A dialog box will explain the Digital Legacy feature. 
  3. Tap Add Legacy Contact once more to proceed and you’ll be prompted to use Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to continue.
  1. If you use Family Sharing, you’ll be presented with a list of family members from which to pick. Tap their name and hit Next. Alternatively, tap Choose Someone Else to add someone from your Contacts. 
  2. Tap Continue.
  3. Once you’ve selected the person, you may need to choose their primary email as the mode of contact.

One Final Step

By default, a Legacy Contact assignment only lasts for three years, and then it goes away. We recommend also making a Calendar appointment for yourself for 3 years from the date you set this up (with a name like “Reassign Legacy Contact iOS” or similar).

Best to Be Prepared

Life is unpredictable. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up some Legacy Contacts so that your important information can be accessed by the friends and family members you choose.

Apple’s Digital Legacy feature is the best iPhone implementation we’ve seen for this sort of information sharing and, once set up, you can go on with one less thing to worry about. It doesn’t solve all of the problems of estate planning, but it’s a good place to start.

But Wait: Can’t You Do It For Me?

Why yes – that’s what we’re here for. Contact Us and we will set it up for you!

(Excerpted from a longer article from iMore.com.)

Should you upgrade to MacOS 12 Monterey?

Mac OS Monterey

(Update: Apple released Monterey 12.1 December 13th, 2021, which fixed numerous bugs. We now recommend this upgrade, with the caveats listed below.)

Apple will release their most recent upgrade for Macintosh October 25th, called Mac OS 12 Monterey. (Yet another in the series of California-themed packages like Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave.)

For the most part, last year’s macOS 11 Big Sur release has proven to be relatively solid, with far fewer complaints than previous upgrades. Some beta testers believe that macOS 12 Monterey is more of a refinement upgrade, without the major architectural changes that marked Big Sur and Catalina. That would suggest more stability and the possibility of an easier and earlier upgrade.

macOS 12 Monterey is looking to integrate all your Apple devices much more seamlessly than ever before, and it’s getting a lot of changes that will make it the best version to update to. Big Sur was the first macOS to bring constant integration with other iOS devices, and Monterey is looking to improve that. Here is a quick look at the new upgrades that are going to take place with Monterey over Big Sur:

  • Seamless and Universal Control across all Apple Devices
  • Spatial Audio support
  • AirPlay being introduced in macOS
  • Improved FaceTime and audio features
  • Newly designed Safari and extensions
  • Automation and Focus increases productivity
  • Under the hood improvements for Notes and iCloud
  • Improved Performance throughout the UI
  • Privacy improvements for the OS and User

All these design and performance upgrades are looking to change the overall experience of how you use your Mac and make it a whole lot better and tightly integrated, compared to Big Sur.

So, should you upgrade to macOS Monterey?

Here’s a list of the models the can run Monterey:

  • iMac – Late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro – 2017 and later
  • MacBook – Early 2016 and later
  • MacBook Air – Early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini – Late 2014 and later

If you’re someone who has crucial data that you can’t risk losing at all and are happy with how Big Sur is performing for you, then stay as you are, and hold back on the update and let it roll out to see how it fares with your device and how stable it is to use.

An Ounce of Prevention…

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Want some help with that?

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