Personal Hotspot Missing on iPhone or iPad in iOS 9? How to fix this issue

Is personal hotspot missing in iOS 9 on your iPhone or iPad? Here we walk you through possible methods to fix this issue on your iOS device.

The iOS 9 public version is finally released and most of the bugs found earlier in developers version seems to be fixed. Out of all the little bugs the most annoying one was missing a personal hotspot.

Missing hotspot cannot be literally termed as a bug as it is also dependent on carrier. If you have updated your device with latest iOS 9 public version and still facing the missing personal hotspot option, you can try out methods given below to resolve the issue.

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Before I give you any information, please note that hotspot is a carrier-dependent feature. If you haven’t opted for the personal hotspot in your data plan, the personal hotspot missing is not a bug in your iPhone or iPad. But if you have subscribed for the personal hotspot, and still it doesn’t appear in your Cellular settings, then you can follow the below-mentioned process to fix the issue.

How to Fix Personal Hotspot Missing in iOS 9

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Cellular.

Cellular Settings on iPhone in iOS 9

Step #2. Now tap on Cellular Data Network.

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Tap on Cellular Data Network

Step #3.Under “CELLULAR DATA” enter APN.

Enter Cellular Data APN in iOS 9 on iPhone

Step #4. Scroll down to the Personal Hotspot section.

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Personal Hotspot in Cellular Network

Step #5. In the APN field, enter the same APN that’s listed under Cellular Data.

Enter Personal Hotspot APN in iOS 9 on iPhone

You can ask respective APN to your service provider or simply search in Google “Your Service Provider Name” + APN.

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In some cases, you may have to skip the APN and just enter some name in the username field below it.

Go back to Settings and you should now see Personal Hotspot.

(Alternatively, quit the Settings app and then reboot your iPhone/iPad. Then check the Settings.)

Sometimes, this might not work. In that case, there are three options that you can resort to:

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#1. Reboot – Hold the power and home button till screen goes blank; then press the power button to start the iPhone

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#2. Reset network settings – Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings → Enter Passcode to confirm

Reset Network Settings in iOS 9

Confirm to Reset Network Settings in iOS 9

#3. Reset all settings – Settings → General → Reset → Reset All Settings → Enter Passcode to confirm

Reset All Settings on iPhone in iOS 9

Confirm to Reset All Settings in iOS 9

#4. Restore your iDevice (via iTunes.)

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Watch out how to fix Personal Hotspot missing issue on your iPhone

Note: The term Cellular Data may not be used by some mobile carriers; instead Mobile is mentioned on the Settings. Moreover, you may not see Cellular Data Network on the screen of Cellular (Mobile) as there are a few mobile service operators who completely avoid this option.

Also, note that personal hotspot shows up only when Cellular Data is switched on. In some cases, you might have to try switching on/off 3G/LTE in order to enable Personal Hotspot.

Personal Hotspot going missing is not new. This issue had happened in iOS 7 and iOS 8 too, and you if you are using one of the two OS, you might want to try out solutions from this post.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. I have Verizon and when I goto “set up personal hotspot” it redirects me to my mobile app which does nothing. I contacted verizon wireless support and they said to download an app. I asked what app? They said there are thousands. Ok? What now?


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