personal hotspot ios 7

Folks having trouble with their Personal Hotspot feature in iOS 7.1 aren’t alone. A number of users have been complaining of tethering issues since installing the latest iOS update, as evidenced by this 16-page thread in Apple’s support forums.

Specifically, the problem seems to occur when trying to save custom APN settings in a device’s Cellular menu. Apparently you can enter information into the text fields, but the values don’t save and any attempt to make a connection errors out…

Looking at the various complaints in the support thread, first spotted by MacRumors, it looks like Apple has disabled users from setting up Personal Hotspot who are on carriers that either aren’t official iPhone partners or don’t support the feature.

Here’s a relevant post from forum user psychoo118:

So I talked with Apple, they said that the problem should be at my carrier. I phoned my carrier(Telenor Hungary) and I told them my story, they rejected me eith the reason that the problem is with the phone. I took my friends SIM card(T-Mobile) and I put it in my iPhone. Guess what, tethering was available and working.. Then I called my carrier back and told them my experience then they told me that the problem could be that they(Telenor) are not official sellers of Apple and in iOS 7.1 it became more strict, that devices wont connect to these networks. My quedtikn to you is that whether your carriers are official resellers or not. because for example my carrier apn settings are not pre-set in iDevices. :/

So the bottom line seems to be that Apple wanted to crack down on the unauthorized use of the Hotspot feature, which isn’t surprising. Unauthorized tethering has long been a sore spot for carriers, who have been going after culpable users for years.

Apple released iOS 7.1 on March 10 following a lengthy beta period. The update features a number of changes including CarPlay support, Siri and Touch ID enhancements, and both UI and performance tweaks. It also disables the evasi0n7 jailbreak.

  • Jonathan Liu

    No problems here 🙂

  • minyooncheah

    When will be the jailbreak 7.1 available?

    • abdullah575

      no Way !!

    • Arsanny Lintang

      Are you serious? Read the post please!

      • minyooncheah

        I read it, just want to be sure… So the 7.1 had disabled the jailbreak by default? I truly hope this can be hack down and enable the jailbreak..

        Let’s just wait and see…

      • Matt

        I doubt that there will be a jailbreak for 7.1 shame on you for updating.

      • minyooncheah

        Just wait and see, nothing to be shame of.

        But thanks for replying Matt.

      • Saeed Ghattas

        Shame on you for NOT updating

      • Matt

        Welp I’m pretty satisfied with my jailbreak.

  • RarestName

    Having no problems here. But we do have free tethering though.

  • YunoDone

    Yes, problem exists. My official unlock iPhone 4 was working fine on ios 7.0.6, but starting with the update of 7.1 it has stopped working. Moreover, battery is dying super fast. Really buggy and worst update since ios7 release.


    well my iphone is still 7.0.4 but my brother who on 7.1 faced that problem, it’s simple just restore your device and everything will be fine. i think many problems appeared after updating to 7.1 not restore. just my thought

  • What i sense is there is a bug in 7.1 with regard to manual settings for hotspot. For me here DU is official telecom (in UAE). so no problem. 7.1 has bee almost flawless compared to 7.0. Really happy with the release. Hopefully this bug will be fixed for others.

  • Moses

    Why not try using iphone configuration utility to set your apn?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Because you can’t adjust the tethering APN just the data APN and MMS APN…

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    TetherMe FTW!

  • Steve Brea

    This is why people should have never updated and stuck with TetherMe from Cydia… 😉

  • @dongiuj

    I thought all these tech companies were the creme de la creme of tech companies. Why do they always have problems with new products. Why can’t they make something that “just works”? Never ending problems with a massive price tag.

  • Snailpo

    I have been having issues with my tethering since 7.0.6 it will activate but half the time will not show up on any other devices. I am currently with ATT.

  • Raul M

    I had the same problem but Mollie hotspot popped back to the setting thing and it works:)

  • iOops

    No problem here

  • Abdl

    This update has caused so many problems!!

  • Fevostone

    I know this is off topic but I work love a tweak were I can air play to my smart tv not just my Apple TV box.

  • Stay on 7.0.4 JAILBROKEN