Instant Hotspot iOS 8

iPhones and iPads have long had a feature called Personal Hotspot for tethering your cellular data connection to a Mac or another device over Bluetooth, USB or Wi-Fi. To setup the personal hotspot, users had to navigate to settings and toggle on the feature. Then, the device would appear as a Wi-Fi network or under network services in settings if connected using USB… 

Apple aims to take this functionality a small step further in iOS 8 with Instant Hotspot, a new feature where iPads and Macs intelligently discover when an iPhone is nearby and automatically list the device under Wi-Fi networks in Settings. When an iPad is no longer using your iPhone’s cellular network, it intelligently disconnects to save battery life.

Instant Hotspot is an ideal feature for iPad and Mac owners that are out of Wi-Fi range. When enabled, a blue bar appears at the top of the Home screen like normal. It even provides you with signal strength and battery life indicators directly next to the iPhone’s name under Wi-Fi networks, both of which are important details when using a personal hotspot.

Will you use Instant Hotspot?

  • Posterboi

    Definitley I can’t wait to get Yosemti to try it out.

    • Jeffrey

      http://thepiratebay se/torrent/10284781/OS_X_10.10_Yosemite_Preview

      Works perfect;) (add a dot in the link).

      • Martin

        A second resort for people who isn’t in the one million 😀

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah, I’m in the first million but I couldn’t wait weeks/months so i just pirated it:)

      • Martin

        Hehe. I sure hope it will work on Hackintosh 😀

      • Anmol Malhotra

        From where I can get Hackintosh?

      • Jeffrey

        Lol calm down man OS X 10.10 only got released yesterday, I don’t think the Hackintosh team is ready to release the update yet.

      • warlikewings

        You build it yourself 😉

      • Jeffrey

        Yeah hahah I think it will take some time to update all drivers etc.

      • Martin

        I guess, but they did it really quick with Mavericks.

      • Jeffrey

        Oh, well I wouldn’t know, never tried it;)

      • warlikewings

        It was done on launch day with the developer preview of yosemite as well.

      • warlikewings

        It does work on hackintosh 🙂 as long as your current machine is able to run Mavericks, you should be able to run 10.10

      • Martin

        Thank you so much for the heads up. I just downloaded it and installing now 😀

      • Posterboi

        Is it just an upgrade and did you lose any data

      • David Jensen

        There are only upgrades with Mac’s. Just make a copy with time machine first

      • Posterboi

        Cool Beans, I think I’ll just put it on my secondary machine first. Thanks man.

      • Jeffrey

        No idea, I installed it on a seperate partition so I got OS X 10.9, OS X 10.10 and Windows 8:P

    • Nice.

  • Jared

    I’ve never been able to use this feature. Why? I REFUSE to give up my grandfathered “unlimited” data plan.

    • Rigo


      • Jared

        Doo I forgot about that. I haven’t jailbroken my iPhone in a few years. Got tired of the hassles and the cat and mouse game between Apple and the jailbreak devs. When I was jailbroken I did have the MyWi app installed. This was around the time when it was reported that AT&T was cracking down on those who were tethering without an appropriate “tethering plan” so I just gave up on it. A couple of times if found myself in situations where I wish I could tether my phones connection with a computer of iPad, however once you get out the heart of cities and away from major highways signals tend to be hit or miss. Even if I could tether I wouldn’t want to be tethering with EDGE speeds!

      • Rigo

        i have verizon and I’m jailbroken on 7.0.6 works great use it all the time.

      • Jared

        AT&T here and running 7.1.1. A long time ago I had purchased a tethering app in either the Mac App Store or the iOS App Store (can’t recall which) when Apple briefly approved it before pulling it. I spent $20 on it. The app does not show up on my Mac App Store purchased apps.

      • nyangejr

        you could sue

      • Jared

        Sue? On what basis?

      • Simon Tegtmeyer

        Lol, murica.. here in germany, there isn’t even a tethering plan. works with every provider as stock feature lol

      • Jared

        Maybe one day it’ll be like that here…aw who am I kidding the US carriers nickel and dime us for everything. :-/

      • Rick Hart

        Me too here love it. Verizon wouldn’t let it happen on iOS 8. With out having to pay them. Jailbroke iOS 7.0.6 and Mywi

      • Jason Whitaker

        AT&T doesn’t have tethering plans any longer and they don’t throttle on Shared plans. Tethering is INCLUDED at no charge for Mobile Share plans. 10GB data, unlimited talk+text: $115/mo first line, $15 each additional line ($10 for tablets)

        “Tethering and Mobile Hotspot use are permitted with up to five (5) simultaneous devices.”

    • Brian 

      Jailbreak. Cydia. “TetherMe”. Done.

      Im in the same boat as you.

  • Dave Becker

    So is this free now?

    • Tobias9413

      No, the feature is free but the service is done by your phone provider.

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        We have it for free via Claro in Panama 🙂

      • Jason Whitaker

        Free on AT&T (limited only to your data plan) and T-Mobile (limited to LTE data plan amount or 5GB on unlimited plans)

      • Chaseme

        Thanks Mate, I was curious how carriers would respond to this. Apple made it out to be free regardless of carrier.

    • Jason Whitaker

      on AT&T it is. (on Mobile Share Plans)

      “Tethering and Mobile Hotspot use are permitted with up to five (5) simultaneous devices.”

  • Ryan Bartsch

    What if we want to manually turn it on?

  • BooBee

    I wish there was a better “timed” option to auto disable hotspot. If I turn on hotspot and take too long to fire up my laptop it seems to disable if the iphone screen goes dark. 5 mins wouldn’t hurt to keep the hotspot active while my PC or other device boots up.

  • Eikast

    Unlimited data VZW here. I wouldn’t mind using an iPhone without a jailreak and pay the $30 a month for tethering (I actually use it a lot outside of the house). This feature would be very nice 🙂
    I can’t wait.
    iOS 8 makes it livable without jailbreak (except costing me an extra $30 a month).

    • Rick Hart

      For only 2 gigs a month

      • Eikast

        Verizon LTE is true unlimited data no throttles

      • Rick Hart

        Not if you pay for the tethering through them

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    So it’s MyWi then

  • If you want a free copy of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple automatically gives Apple iOS Devs a free code to redeem in the Mac App Store for downloading Yosemite.

  • Eddie Hines

    Adios to MyWi!

  • Gene Onozuka

    Do you have to have a personal hot spot plan with carriers?

    • Smeltn

      That’s my question as well does this let us have free tethering now?

    • Jason Whitaker

      AT&T Tethering and Mobile Hotspot use are permitted with up to five (5) simultaneous devices at no additional charge on all Mobile Share Plans.

  • Well they gave me a code to redeem. I clicked the link and it automatically transferred me to the MAS and began downloading. I didn’t get a .dmg file, as you stated.

  • Apple didn’t redirect me from the iOS Dev Center to Mac Dev Center, as I didn’t previously have a Mac Dev Account. On Apple’s iOS Dev Center, there was a code (it’s still there), that I clicked on, which then redirected me to the actual Mac App Store. There, I entered my login credentials, and entered the redeem code that was on the iOS Dev Center page. The download started from there.

  • Asim

    i Dont see any hotspot in my iphone with ios8!

    Please help me!

  • Sarah A

    I can see where this can be a good thing, but how about those of us on sprint where they disable the hot spot feature totally. and you cannot see it on a mac your iOS device. I can see sprint not being too happy about this feature as they would want to make more money hence it would make sense they disable this.

  • Moaaz

    Okay one question here?? Does this replace Tetherme tweak or no???

  • Rob

    Does everyone not realize that iOS8 is only allowing your Mac to remotely enable the Personal Hotspot feature that already existed in iOS7? You can still go into the iPhone and enable the Personal Hotspot directly on the phone if you want to. They’re just trying to make things work together more smoothly.

  • Yuvaprasath Jain

    I was stuck wth out personal hotspot in iOS 8,
    Pls say me how to activate this instant hotspot to my lap,

  • Dan Czarnecki

    Just noticed this on my iPad! I was reconnecting to my wifi and low and behold, it saw my iPhone.

  • Parmar Karan

    Hey how can I on hotspot in my iPhone with using ios 8.0.2

  • Drake Richter

    That’s so adorable! It only took them a year longer than Microsoft!