How to fix the missing Personal Hotspot option in iOS

If the personal hotspot option is not visible on your device, don’t worry you are not the only one. A few iOS user after updating their device have reported about the missing personal hotspot option. This is not an iOS 10 problem, people reported the same with iOS 9 and even iOS 8. However, this isn’t necessarily a bug, as the personal hotspot feature depends on your carrier. But if you have opted for that feature and it still doesn’t appear in your settings, you can try the following.

For devices with iOS 10.3.2

  1. Tap on Settings missing personal hotspot
  2. Tap on Mobile Data > Mobile Data Option > Mobile Data Network 
  3. Scroll down to Personal Hotspot > Enter your APN (or you can skip the APN and simply type anything in the Username field below) 
  4. Now head back to Mobile Data and enable it and “Personal Hotspot” option should be visible. (If not, restart your iOS device) 

For APN, you can contact your cellular service provider or simply use Google to search it, just type “Your Cellular Service Provider Name” + APN and type that value in APN.

For devices with iOS 10.3.1 or earlier

  1. Tap on Settings 
  2. Tap on Cellular > Cellular Data Option > Cellular Data Network 
  3. Scroll down to Personal Hotspot > Enter your APN (Similar to iOS 10.3.2, you can skip the APN and type anything in Username field)
  4. Now head back to Cellular Data and enable it and “Personal Hotspot” option should be visible. (If not, restart your iOS device)

Well, if the above-mentioned steps didn’t work for you, Reset Network Settings and see if that works.

Reset Network Settings

  1. Tap on Settings > General
  2. Next, scroll down to bottom and Tap on Reset > Tap on Reset Network Settings 
  3. Enter your passcode (if enabled)
  4. Tap on Reset Network Settings in the pop-up

Now, let your iOS device restart and after booting up check the settings to see if the problem is resolved. Tell us in the comment section below, if your missing personal hotspot problem is fixed or not.

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