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Why Is My Personal Hotspot Not Working?

Personal Hotspot

Do you ever ask yourself what your personal hotspot is and how it works? Let us quickly consider this before looking into why your personal hotspot is not working.

What Is a Personal Hotspot, and How Does It Work?

A mobile or personal hotspot allows you to share your phone’s cellular data with other devices. Most smartphones have this in-built feature that allows you, the user, to use and share your cellular data with other devices. Your hotpot is a mini wireless transmitter that permits you to get this done. All you need to do is turn your hotspot on in your phone’s Settings menu.

Why Is My Personal/Mobile Hotspot Not Working?

Several reasons could make your hotspot unresponsive. From our research and survey, the most common reasons that keep your hotspot down are:

Cellular Data and Signal Strength

Your mobile data could be why your hotspot is not working. You need to have cellular data for your hotspot to work. So, when your hotspot is not working, check if you still have mobile data or if you have reached your daily data limit.

Also, your hotspot might be down because of poor signal strength. Check if you have got “any bars” good signal strength.

Phone Settings

Your hotspot might be down because you are yet to activate it in your phone’s settings. You may also have issues because you are submitting the wrong password or attempting to connect to an incorrect Wi-Fi.

Phone Wireless Carrier

Either your wireless carrier is experiencing some technical issues, or your phone is not equipped with the mini wireless transmitter features. Often, you need to add your mobile hotspot via Settings before it works.

Now that we have gone through what your mobile hotspot means, how it works, and some common reasons your hotspot is unresponsive. It is time to talk about how to solve these problems. I mean, what is the point of understanding a problem without finding any solution to these problems?

How To Combat an Unresponsive Hotspot

Method #1: Restart Your Phone

As you have noticed, our phones and computers work in similar ways. Whenever our computers are acting up, we usually restart them to take care of the glitch. Restarting your phone can clear up cache plus bugs and fix your unresponsive hotspot. This is nothing technical, just restart your phone and try your hotspot again.

Method #2: Refresh/Restart Your Hotspot

You should turn off your hotspot and turn it back on after a few seconds. Your hotspot might have issues picking up some connections. When you turn it off/on repeatedly or after some intervals, your hotspot should work again.

Method #3: Turn Off Power-Saving Mode

Your hotspot will not work if you have the low-power mode (in iPhones) and power-saving mode (in Android) turned on. Check if you have it on and turn it off. Thinking of how to get this done? Follow these steps:

For iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > Battery > Low-Power Mode.
  2. Tap the switch to turn it off.

For Android:

  1. Open Settings > Battery > Battery Saver.
  2. Tap the switch to turn it off. Easy-peasy!

Method #4: Readjust Your Wi-Fi Bandwidth

Recent phones come with a 5Ghz bandwidth frequency. Older devices do not have this capability. If you are trying to connect to a device that does not support higher bandwidth frequency. You should readjust your device bandwidth frequency to make room for your hotspot connection. Here is how to get it done.

For iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > Personal hotspot.
  2. Tap Maximize Compatibility.

For Android:

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot and Tethering.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi hotspot > Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
  3. Tap AP band.
  4. Readjust your bandwidth to 2.4Ghz.

Method #5: Reset Your Network Settings

This will wipe away all your data and restore your network settings to default mode.

For iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Tap Reset Network Settings. You may need a passcode to proceed.
  3. Tap Reset Network Settings again.

For Android:

  1. Go to Settings > System/Management > Reset.
  2. Tap Reset Network Settings/Reset Wi-Fi, Mobile & Bluetooth > Reset Settings.

Final Words

In this guide, we have talked about what your mobile hotspot is, how it works, the reasons it can stop working, and how to fix your personal hotspot when it is down.

We are confident that your hotspot spot will be up and running when you use any of the methods we have discussed here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my personal hotspot the same as a portable or public hotspot?

No, your personal or mobile hotspot is not the same thing as a portable or public hotspot. A public hotspot is a public Wi-Fi. It is a free wireless network you might access at airports, coffee shops, or parks. A portable hotspot uses a mobile network to connect to the internet. It is usually made available through your wireless carrier. Examples of portable hotspots include Jetpack and Verizon.

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