How to Change Your iPhone Personal Hotspot Password – In iOS 7 and later, this article discusses how to update your iPhone personal hotspot password. It also explains how to change the name of the hotspot network.
How to Change the Password on Your Personal Hotspot
Personal Hotspot transforms your iPhone into a portable wireless router that allows other Wi-Fi-activated devices, such as computers and iPads, to share your phone company’s link.
Other devices must attach to an iPhone using its special Personal Hotspot password. This password is a long string of letters and numbers that are created at random to ensure that it is safe and difficult to guess. Adjust the password if you want an easier, more open password.
- To open the Settings app, press and hold the Home button, then tap Personal Hotspot.
- Select Wi-Fi Password from the drop-down menu. Then, to delete the current password, tap the X on the right side of the Password field. Tap Done to save your changes after entering a new password.
- The password must be at least eight characters long, with uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation marks allowed.
- The new password is shown on the main Personal Hotspot screen. If you’ve saved the old password on other computers, you’ll need to change the hotspot password on those as well.
- In some cases, a Personal Hotspot can disappear from your iPhone. Learn how to patch iPhone Personal Hotspot on iPhone and iOS if this happens.
Why Would You Want to Change Your Password for Your Personal Hotspot?
One of the most compelling reasons to update your Personal Hotspot default password is to make it easier to use.
The default password provided by iOS is safe, but it’s a mix of letters and numbers. The password is irrelevant if you bind your machine to your hotspot on a regular basis. Set your machine to save your information the first time you join so you don’t have to type it in again.
If you often share your link with others, however, a password that is simple for you to tell and for them to type might be more convenient.
How to Modify the Name of Your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot Network
You may also want to change the name that appears when you go to your computer’s Wi-Fi menu and search for a network to enter.
Your Personal Hotspot name is the same as the one you gave your iPhone when you first set it up (which is also the name that appears when you sync your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud). Change the phone’s name to change the name of your Personal Hotspot. Here’s how to do it:
- Open the Configuration menu. Then tap General, and then About.
- The name can be tapped. Tap the X to clear the current name and then type in a new one on the next page. To return to the previous screen and save, tap About (located in the upper-left corner).
- This name appears on iCloud backups and everywhere else you link your phone, in addition to the hotspot.
Will You Change the Default Password on Your Personal Hotspot for Security Reasons?
Changing the default password on other Wi-Fi routers is an important step in protecting your network. That’s because other Wi-Fi routers typically come with the same password, so if you know one, you can use the same password on any router with the same make and model. This may allow anyone to use your Wi-Fi without your knowledge.
With the iPhone, this isn’t a problem. Using the default Personal Hotspot password poses no security risk because each iPhone’s password is unique. A custom password may be less safe than the original code.
Even if your new password is insecure, the worst that can happen is that someone gains access to your network and steals your information (which can result in bill overage charges). Someone gaining access to your Personal Hotspot is highly unlikely to hack your phone or the devices linked to the network.