Getting annoyed with your iPhone’s hotspot because it keeps disconnecting on your other devices?
Apple’s ecosystem simplifies a lot of things, from transferring files to syncing your devices, everything simply works together.
However, this is not the case if some of your devices are not Apple products.
Recently, we’ve seen a lot of complaints from iPhone users who encounter problems using their hotspot with Windows computers.
In this guide, we will show you how to fix your iPhone hotspot if it keeps disconnecting on other devices.
Let’s get started!
1. Restart Your iPhone.
Before changing anything, try restarting your iPhone first if its hotspot is not working properly.
This should allow your device to reload its resources, ensuring that everything is initialized correctly.
Restarting your iPhone should also clear corrupted data from its memory, resolving temporary errors that may have occurred during use.
If you are using an iPhone X, 11, 12, 13, 14, or later, here’s what you need to do:
- Hold down the Volume Down button and Side button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt appears.
- Now, drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds.
- Press the Side button afterward to turn on your device.
For older models, follow the steps below:
- Locate the Power button on your device.
- Now, hold the button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt shows up.
- Drag the slider to the right and wait for 30 seconds before turning on your device.
Once done, reconnect your computer to your iPhone’s hotspot to check if the problem is solved.
2. Disable Low Power Mode.
Low power mode is a feature on your iPhone that limits its power usage. When you are running cellular data and personal hotspot at the same time, it can consume a lot of battery.
This can prompt the feature to disable your hotspot, explaining why your computer keeps getting disconnected.
Follow these steps to disable low power mode:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Now, scroll down and tap on Battery.
- Tap the toggle switch beside Low Power Mode to turn it off.
- Low power mode is turned off when the toggle switch is not green.
- The battery indicator on the upper left corner of your screen turns yellow when low power mode is enabled.
Reconnect your computer to your hotspot to check if the problem is solved.
3. Disable Low Data Mode.
Another feature that might affect your personal hotspot performance is low data mode.
This is another feature on your iPhone that helps you save cellular data by limiting the overall network usage of your device.
However, this can cause your personal hotspot to slow down.
See the steps below to turn off low data mode:
- Launch the Settings app on your device.
- After that, tap on Cellular.
- Open the Cellular Data Options tab.
- Find Low Data Mode and turn it off.
Low data mode is disabled when the toggle switch is not green.
Try using your iPhone’s personal hotspot afterward to see if your computer will still get disconnected.
4. Keep the Personal Hotspot Screen On.
Leaving your iPhone on the hotspot screen is another way to prevent your personal hotspot from disconnecting.
However, this will consume more battery so we recommend leaving your device plugged into the charger.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Now, tap on Cellular.
- Tap on Personal Hotspot.
- Enable the ‘Allow Others to Join’ option.
Stay on the personal hotspot screen and connect your other devices.
- Leaving your screen turned on while personal hotspot is enabled for long periods can heat up your iPhone.
- Remove any protective case on your iPhone when doing this to improve heat dissipation.
5. Enable Compatibility Feature.
Your iPhone’s hotspot has a compatibility mode, which ensures that other devices can connect to it without issues.
If you encounter problems, we recommend enabling this feature.
You may notice decreased performance on your hotspot (slow speed) when using compatibility mode.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Next, tap on Cellular.
- Tap on Personal Hotspot.
- Find the Maximize Compatibility option and enable it.
Reconnect your devices to your hotspot to check if the problem is solved.
6. Update Your iPhone.
A software update might also resolve this issue on your iPhone.
The current version of iOS installed on your device might have an underlying problem that causes your non-Apple devices to get disconnected from your hotspot.
Here’s how you can update your device:
- Go to your home screen and tap on Settings.
- Now, go to General > Software Update.
- If a new version is available, tap on Download and Install.
- Follow the instructions to continue.
- Your device can restart several times while installing the update.
- Make sure that your iPhone has at least 50% battery before installing updates. It’s best to keep your device plugged into the wall charger to avoid interruptions.
- Allow at least 15 minutes for the update to install, especially if it’s a major update (iOS 14 to iOS 15).
Enable your hotspot afterward and check if the problem is solved.
7. Reset Network Settings.
If you still encounter connection issues with your iPhone’s hotspot, try resetting its network settings.
This should ensure that there are no conflicts with your network settings.
See the steps below to reset your network settings:
- On your iPhone, go to the main menu and open Settings.
- Now, tap on General.
- Look for Transfer or Reset iPhone and tap on it.
- Tap the Reset option and select Reset Network Settings.
- Follow the prompts to continue.
- Your iPhone will immediately restart upon resetting your network configurations.
- It may appear to be stuck in the Apple logo. Wait for the process to complete which usually takes around 5 to 10 minutes.
Once done, set up your device and see if your hotspot will function properly.
8. Contact Apple.
At this point, we recommend contacting Apple’s team if you still encounter issues with your iPhone’s hotspot.
Visit their support page and look up the issue you’re experiencing. From there, you can find possible solutions for the problem and some articles related to personal hotspot and cellular data.
You can also get in touch with their team through chat or call if you need to resolve the issue faster.
That sums up our guide on how to fix your iPhone hotspot if it keeps disconnecting on your devices.
If you have questions, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll do our best to respond.