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iPhone Hotspot Disappear After Upgrade? Here’s How To Quickly Fix

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If you have paid for and set up the iPhone to be a wireless hotspot in the past, you might have been left wondering where your iPhone setting for creating it went when you upgraded to iOS 5 or got a new iPhone.

(Read: iPhone 4S Review)

And you’re not alone.Many people were frustrated and bewildered, including me, when we updated to find this feature that we were paying for absent from the new, shiny iOS.

Fortunately getting it back is pretty easy thanks to a tip from the guys at Tipb.com.

 

How to Fix Missing iPhone 4S Hotspot Settings

Just go into your Settings.

Go to General.

Scroll all the way down to Reset.

Choose Reset Network Settings.

Your phone will go ahead and shut down. When it starts back up, head over to Settings. You should see the hotspot setting back up and running.

If this doesn’t fix your problem, you may need to backup and do a full restore, but this is worth trying before you go down the long restore path.

Tobias S. Buckell is a science fiction author. He also blogs about gadgets and the future. You can find him online at TobiasBuckell.com, here, or on twitter (@tobiasbuckell).

39 Comments

  1. Walter Neal

    11/10/2011 at 10:27 am

    Thanks, this worked.

  2. DJ Igraczech

    11/23/2011 at 9:05 am

    I just stumbled upon your article as my issue has resolved itself silently (4S/5.0) and I’m trying to find out how is that possible. I haven’t done anything you’ve mentioned to fix that.

  3. Ayahsultan

    01/02/2012 at 9:40 pm

    I tried your tips, but is not working, personnal hotspot keeps spinning around.

  4. Marcos Gomes

    01/30/2012 at 2:21 pm

    Me Too… This don’t worked in my IP4S!

  5. Barmac1974

    02/08/2012 at 3:43 am

    This is the matter of battery usage and not a software problem. The function simply disapears when the battery level drops or the phone is not connected through the power cord

  6. Wolfhm

    02/09/2012 at 2:37 am

    its really frustrating just got the new iPhone 4S and my most useful item was the hotspot, its gone.
    it has nothing to do with the battery as it is full. I reset my network setting, reset the whole thing, and NOTHING

  7. Teehee

    02/12/2012 at 7:22 am

    nope

  8. Omarshahzad

    02/22/2012 at 4:16 pm

    You can get the hotspot on the iphone 4s, they have moved
    the hotspot setting into the network settings, and all you have to do is: in
    settings go in to general then in network and select personal hotspot and turn
    it on.

    • Racheal

      08/05/2012 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks:-)…. Your comment is the only one that actually helped. Cheers!:-).

    • Jen

      10/08/2012 at 6:53 pm

      Yup- you get the gold medal! Thanks!

  9. Bunch of Pussies

    02/27/2012 at 8:24 pm

    stop complaining

  10. Freddy

    02/27/2012 at 8:27 pm

    dear bunch of pussies
    SHUT THE FUCK UP U MOTHER FUCKIN WANKER
    sincerely Freddy

  11. Magicart

    03/13/2012 at 4:01 am

    Guys, I’ve just found out that this f…g option is not visible until you enter Personal Hotspot Credentials in Settings -> General -> Network -> Cellular Data Network 
    under “Internet Tethering section”

    If only you fill in the APN, Username, Password for the section, this option becomes available again!

    Hope this helps.

    • Nlighten

      03/25/2012 at 8:51 pm

      Ummm.  Personal Hotspot Credentials?  Never heard of those.
      (I am having the same problem.  Can enable Hotspot but Ipod doesnt list it.  Have done reset on both.

    • Gurvis21

      04/08/2012 at 7:48 pm

      YOU know your stuff! It worked when nothing else would!! Thanks!

    • Im Sophira

      04/28/2012 at 6:59 am

      How to fill APN, username ,and password ?

      • Hasithamarasekara

        04/28/2012 at 10:46 am

        contact your ISP,or customer care

    • Hasithamarasekara

      04/28/2012 at 10:47 am

      Nice job.This works :D

    • NM

      08/07/2013 at 6:09 am

      Ajudou obrigado

  12. Bilbies

    04/02/2012 at 8:46 pm

    Worked perfectly, thanks.

  13. eumiqtcaty

    04/20/2012 at 7:58 am

    I disappeared Hotspot on iphone how to make me come back

  14. viki

    05/06/2012 at 9:47 am

    this is not working
    what should i do now

  15. erich

    05/14/2012 at 7:12 pm

    have 4s verizon. did reset and nothing more. worked like a charm. thanks

  16. Pingitan

    06/05/2012 at 7:44 pm

    It’s worked, appeared for a second and gone again.. It’s better to leave U my 4S..

  17. An

    06/12/2012 at 12:58 pm

    It works thanks

  18. chris

    06/29/2012 at 1:27 am

    Hi the settings with APN works fine. You don’t even have to provide the real ones. Just imagine the APN name for yourself and setup user and password. You have to restart your phone to apply the changes. Thanks a lot :)

  19. Fatimah

    07/20/2012 at 4:07 am

    Thank you… Its work

  20. Rhian

    09/09/2012 at 6:52 pm

    that was really helpful- thanks! My hotspot just dissappearred half way through when I was using it!

  21. Erik

    10/15/2012 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t listen to all the rest , hotspot is on settings / general / cellular / then turn personal hotspot on

  22. Sahar

    10/20/2012 at 4:18 pm

    As you said to rest the network on I did bt still hotspot is missing how can I bring it back and why it has gone

  23. scar eye

    10/24/2012 at 10:39 am

    hi guys i did reset i ipohne 4s setting and then the personal hotspot disappeared i tried to to reset network setting but still don’t appear what can i do to get it back???

  24. Bryan

    11/05/2012 at 2:35 am

    It’s now under mobile data in general settings if you have the 6.1 update

  25. Ray

    02/04/2013 at 6:13 pm

    All I did is went to general then cellular then turned on data roaming went back and I got hotspot back then went back and turned off data roaming and still had hot spot

  26. Ray

    02/04/2013 at 6:14 pm

    Also their is a hotspot part under data roaming

    • Neb

      02/18/2013 at 1:56 am

      for me the ‘general, reset’ didnt work but when i went to general, mobile data and set roaming to ‘on’ the hotspot reappeared. Iphone 4s running vers 6.1.1

  27. david perry

    06/04/2013 at 8:33 pm

    Hi All,
    Here is the simple answer for iOS 5 on an iPhone 5:
    Settings/General/Cellular/Personal Hotspot/turn on.

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  29. Vusi Mhlongo

    09/25/2013 at 3:03 am

    Hi.

    Thanks, this solved my problems. Can now go and get a WI-FI ipad.

  30. gr.mon

    10/12/2013 at 12:45 pm

    Tranks, that worked!

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