If you have ever used your personal hotspot on your iPhone 13 so that your laptop could connect to the Internet or a friend or family member could get online, then you had to give them the password.
When you enable the personal hotspot on your phone you are creating a small wireless network that others can use to access websites, email, and more. This works in a similar manner to the wireless network that you connect to in your home or your office.
Since you probably don’t want people using your iPhone’s Internet when you aren’t expecting it, then you may decide to update your personal hotspot password to make sure that people to whom you had previously given the password will need to contact you again before using your hotspot.
You can update the Personal Hotspot iPhone 13 password if you go to Settings > Personal Hotspot > tap the current password > delete the old one, type a new one, then touch Done.
Now when another device needs to connect to your iPhone’s hotspot they will need to know the new password, and you will need to have the Personal Hotspot turned on.
Our article below talks more about using and connecting to the Personal Hotspot on an iPhone 13.
How to Update the iPhone 13 Hotspot Password
- Open Settings.
- Choose Personal Hotspot.
- Tap the current password.
- Delete the old password, enter a new one, then tap Done.
Our guide continues below with additional information on updating your iPhone hotspot password, including pictures of these steps.
How to Switch the Password for Your Hotspot on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.3.1 operating system.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Select the Personal Hotspot option near the top of the menu.
Step 3: Tap the current hotspot password that you are going to be updating.
Step 4: Touch the x to the right of the current password to delete it, then type in a new one. You can tap Done at the top-right corner of the screen when you’re done.
Note that you will need to enable the Allow Others to Join option at the top of this screen if you want them to connect to your iPhone after you provide them with the password.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about changing your hotspot password.
More Information on Updating the iPhone 13 Hotspot
The steps above have shown you where to go when you want to use a new password for devices that connect to your iPhone’s personal hotspot.
It’s a good idea to make this change if you have shared your hotspot password with someone and no longer want them to be able to use your hotspot. You may also want to consider changing it if the password is very weak, or if it’s something that you use all the time.
When a device is connected to your iPhone’s hotspot you are going to see a bar at the top of the iPhone screen to let you know that another device is sharing the Internet connection.
Even if you update the hotspot password on your iPhone, other devices that are signed into your iCloud account will still be able to use the hotspot. This means that a MacBook Pro or an iPad that uses the same iCloud account as the one on your iPhone can connect to the hotspot automatically without you needing to update the password on the connecting device.
Many cellular providers will have a limit to the amount of data that you can use in a month when you are “hotspotting” or “tethering.” Even if you have an unlimited data plan you may want to confirm that they don’t limit data that is used in this manner.
Since certain activities use more data than others, such as downloading large files or streaming video, that is also something to keep in mind when you use your hotspot.
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