Connecting to the Internet Using Your iPhone
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Connecting to the Internet Using Your iPhone

This page contains all the information you will need in order to connect your laptop to the internet via the mobile hotspot on your iPhone.

Getting Started

You will need to have both a TRECA issued iPhone and your computer with you during the following steps.

Connecting to Your Hotspot

iPhone Steps

Tap the Settings app on the iPhone home screen.

Tap on the Cellular option in the settings menu.

Ensure Cellular Data is in the "on" position (green). Then click on Personal Hotspot.

Ensure Allow Others to Join is in the "on" position (green). You will use the Wi-Fi Password directly below that to connect the iPhone to the computer.

Note: You can see quick steps on connecting to the iPhone under the Wi-Fi password.

Computer Steps

Click the Globe icon by the date and time in the bottom right corner.

A list of available networks will now be open. Find "iPhone" in the list of networks and select it, then press Connect.

You will be prompted for a network security key. This is the password that was under the Personal Hotspot settings on the iPhone.

When prompted about allowing your PC to be discoverable, select YES.

Now you should see Connected, secured. This means you have successfully connected to the hotspot. 

NOTE: Hotspot connections can be temperamental at times. You may need to try a few times. If you continue to have issues please contact the Help Desk at 888-828-4798 ext 2791.

Changed the hotspot password and now you can't connect?

While you can change the hotspot password, if you have already connected to it before, this will cause an issue with the connection.

Forgetting the Network

In the Windows Settings, click on Network and Internet.

Click on Wi-Fi on the left-hand side of the window.

Click on "Manage known networks."

Select "iPhone" and then click Forget.

Now, you must reconnect to the iPhone hotspot and type in the new password. To connect to the hotspot, scroll up to the top of this page and follow the steps.