How to Change Your iPhone Personal Hotspot Password

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Personal Hotspot lets you turn your iPhone into a portable wireless router that shares its connection to your phone company with other Wi-Fi enabled devices like computers and iPads. It's perfect for getting Wi-Fi-only devices online almost anywhere.

Every iPhone has its own unique Personal Hotspot password that other devices need to connect to it, just like any other password-protected Wi-Fi network. That password is randomly generated to make it secure and hard to guess. But secure, hard-to-guess, randomly generated passwords are usually just long strings of letters and numbers, making them hard to remember and difficult to type when new people want to use your hotspot. If you want a simpler, easier password, you’re in luck: you can change your password.

Why You May Want to Change Your Personal Hotspot Password

There's really only one reason to change your Personal Hotspot's default password: ease of use. As mentioned earlier, the iOS-generated default password is pretty secure, but it's a meaningless mishmash of letters and numbers. If you connect your computer to your hotspot regularly, the password doesn't matter: the first time you connect, you can set your computer to save it and you won't have to enter it again. But if you share your connection with other people a lot, something that's easy to say and for them to type might be nice. Other than ease of use, there's no major reason to change the password.

How to Change Your Personal Hotspot Password

Assuming you want to change your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot password, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it.

  2. Tap Personal Hotspot.

  3. Tap ​Wi-Fi Password.

  4. Tap the X on the right side of the Password field to delete the current password.

  5. Type in the new password that you want to use. It must be at least 8 characters. It can have both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation marks.

  6. Tap Done in the top right corner.

You’ll return to the main Personal Hotspot screen and should see the new password displayed there. If you do, you’ve changed the password and are ready to go. If you’ve saved the old password on any devices, you’ll need to update those devices.

Personal Hotspot can go missing from your iPhone in some circumstances. Learn how to get it back in How to Fix iPhone Personal Hotspot on iPhone & iOS.

Should You Change the Default Personal Hotspot Password for Security Reasons?

With other Wi-Fi routers, changing the default password is a key step in securing your network. That's because other Wi-Fi routers usually all ship with the same password, meaning if you know the password for one, you can access any other router of the same make and model with the same password. That potentially lets other people use your Wi-Fi without your permission.

That's not an issue with the iPhone. Because the default Personal Hotspot password assigned to each iPhone is unique, there's no security risk in using the default password. In fact, the default password may be more secure than a custom one.

Even if your new password isn't secure, the worst that can happen is that someone manages to get on your network and uses your data (which can result in bill overage charges). It's extremely unlikely that someone getting onto your Personal Hotspot could hack your phone or the devices connected to the network.

How to Change Your iPhone Personal Hotspot Network Name

There's one other aspect of the iPhone's Personal Hotspot that you may want to change: the name of your network. This is the name that shows up when you click the Wi-Fi menu on your computer and look for a network to join.

Your Personal Hotspot name is identical to the name you gave to your iPhone during set up (which is also the name that appears when you sync your iPhone to iTunes or iCloud). To change the name of your Personal Hotspot, you need to change the name of the phone. Here's how:

  1. Tap Settings.

  2. Tap General.

  3. Tap About.

  4. Tap Name.

  5. Tap the X to clear the current name.

  6. Type in the new name you prefer.

  7. Tap About in the top left corner to return to the previous screen and save the new name.