The new version of iOS 6 offers faster access to the personal hotspot feature, and slightly changes the steps to turn on the personal hotspot.
These steps will only work with plans that support a personal hotspot. The new Mobile Share plans on AT&T and the Share Everything plans on Verizon include the personal hotspot feature at no additional charge.
Read: iOS 6 Tips and Tricks
A personal hotspot turns the iPhone into a WiFi router that allows users to connect WiFi devices to the Internet through the iPhone. This includes notebooks, tablets, portable game consoles and more. Be careful as tethering, as this is often called, can use data much faster than on the iPhone.
If the computer cannot see the iPhone as a hotspot, users may be better off connecting by USB, but if that fails, try turning the laptop’s WiFi on and off to find the iPhone hotspot.
How to Turn on the iPhone Hotspot in iOS 6
Tap on Settings.
Tap on General.
Tap on Cellular.
Tap on Personal Hotspot.
Tap the Toggle to the On position.
Users that wish to change the password can tap on the password field and type a new password.
The iPhone personal hotspot feature shares the Internet connection over WiFi with no additional setup needed on most devices, It also shares the connection over USB or Bluetooth, though some computers may need to install drivers or perform setup options to make this work.
After using the iPhone hotspot once, the iPhone places a shortcut to the Personal Hotspot on the general settings screen, right below the Bluetooth setting. This doesn’t turn the hotspot on in one tap, but it is a quick shortcut to the Personal Hotspot settings.
The home screen and a small notification while in other apps displays the number of connected devices, which is an easy way to figure out how many devices are using your connection.
The iPhone 5 includes 4G LTE connectivity which is up to 10 times faster than 3G service found on the iPhone 4S, and faster than many home connections.
This increased speed makes tethering more attractive, even for multimedia intense activities like streaming movies or TV, but without unlimited data users should be sure to check their data usage to keep it in check.