iPhone XS & iPhone XS max Hotspot not Working? Fix

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If your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max hotspot won’t work, there could be a number of different culprits causing the problem.

If your iPhone XS or iPhone XS max personal hotspot isn’t working, here’s how you can try to fix it.
Most iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max hotspot issues can be solved by troubleshooting at home.

Picture this: You’re out somewhere and you need to do some work on your laptop, but the Wi-Fi is unbearably slow. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem your iPhone gets good LTE service, you can just connect your computer to your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max Personal Hotspot. But you try to connect to it and it won’t work. Why?

This is a question with many possible answers, and in this article we are going to tell you exactly why your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max Hotspot is not working and how you can fix the issue.

How to troubleshoot iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max hotspot that won’t work

If your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max personal hotspot isn’t working, run through this troubleshooting list to figure out why.

1. Make sure your iPhone’s internet connection is working

Go to your iPhone’s settings app and check to make sure your cellular data is switched on. You should also try to use the internet on your iPhone to make sure you’re not in an area with slow or bad reception.

You should also check and make sure you haven’t exceeded your cellular data limit for the month if you’re on a prepaid plan with a limit, your data speeds will be throttled when you pass it, rendering your hotspot essentially useless. To solve this issue, contact your data provider.

2. Make sure the Wi-Fi of the device you’re trying to connect to is working

If your device won’t connect to your iPhone Hotspot, it could actually be a device issue. Try connecting to your iPhone’s hotspot with another device. If it works, the problem is likely not your iPhone.

Turn the Wi-Fi on your connecting device on and off and see if that fixes the problem. If not, try restarting your iPhone. If you still have issues, try the next solution.

3. Make sure the password is right

If your hotspot is password protected, look at the password on your iPhone and make sure you’ve entered the password correctly on the device you’re connecting with if it’s not, you won’t be able to connect.

If you’re still having trouble, you can also change the password to something that will be easier to enter without mistakes.

4. Disable low power mode

Low power mode works by limiting certain non-essential functions on your iPhone to conserve battery life. This isn’t supposed to include limiting your iPhone’s ability to connect to a hotspot, but all software gets buggy from time to time. This is an issue that is known to occur, especially on iPhone XS and iPhone XS max.

Try turning Low power mode off and see if that fixes the issue.

5. Turn your iPhone’s Wi-Fi on and off

Speaking of bugs in the iOS, even though your iPhone’s Wi-Fi isn’t usually the victim of them, it’s not impossible for that to be the case. If it doesn’t seem to be working, try switching it off and back on again and see if that fixes the issue.

6. iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max Wi-Fi not working? Pair using Bluetooth or USB

Wi-Fi isn’t the only way to connect devices to your iPhone’s hotspot. You can also pair your iPhone and computer using Bluetooth or a USB cable.

To connect to an iPhone’s cellular network via Bluetooth, turn on Bluetooth on your phone, connect to it from your other device, and confirm the connection on your phone.

7. Try restarting your iPhone

Sometimes if your iPhone is on for too long, especially if several programs are running in the background, your iPhone can begin processing slower or even experiencing bugs and it becomes more likely to happen if the battery life is low.

In that case, it’s possible the problems you’re experiencing with your iPhone XS or iPhone XS max hotspot could easily be simply solved by restarting your phone.

These days, the working mechanism of the Smartphone is very similar to that of a computer. There are times when just restarting your computer has solved issues like lagging or delay in opening your favorite browser.

This same thing happens with iPhones. So when you see that your hotspot is not working on your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, just press the power button and either of the volume Buttons until you see the power off slider. Drag the slider from left to right to turn off your iPhone. Give some time for your phone to turn off completely before turning it back on. Now check your hotspot. Probably your issues will be solved. If not, follow the next solution.

8. Reset network settings

To reset network settings on your iPhone, follow the steps below

First, you need to go to the settings app
Now go to General
Then tap on reset
Next, tap on reset network settings and follow the on-screen instructions.

9. Update your carrier settings

Update your carrier settings on your iPhone. This update may fix your iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max hotspot problem. Here is how:

On your iPhone, tap Settings, then General, and then About.
if a new update is available, you’ll see an option (a popup will appear). Then follow the onscreen instructions.

10. Update iOS

Updating iOS means responding to the updates that are provided by Apple to your iPhone. These updates are released by Apple so that glitches and bugs that occur from time to time can be fixed. It’s recommended that you download and Install the latest iOS update when you see one. Never delay an update, since that might cause an issue in hotspot connection.

iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max hotspot not working still?

If you find iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max Hotspot not working after trying the above steps, you may want to:

  • Contact Apple support.
  • Contact your carrier.
  • Contact the maker of the other device.
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