How to Change Your iPhone Personal Hotspot Password

Keep your personal hotspot secure and accessible

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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.

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 safe, hard-to-guess, randomly generated passwords are usually just long strings of letters and numbers, making them hard to remember and tough to type when new people want to use your hotspot. If you want a simpler, more accessible password, you can change your password.

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 7 or later.

Why You May Want to Change Your Personal Hotspot Password

There's one main reason to change your Personal Hotspot's default password: ease of use.

The iOS-generated default password is pretty secure, but it's a mishmash of letters and numbers. If you connect your computer to your hotspot regularly, the password doesn't matter. The first time you join, 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 often, something easy to say and for them to type might be easier.

How to Change Your Personal Hotspot Password

To change your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot password, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it, and then tap Personal Hotspot.

    Settings and Personal Hotspot on an iPhone
  2. Tap ​Wi-Fi Password, and then tap the X on the right side of the Password field to delete the current password. Type in the new password that you want to use, and tap Done to save your changes.

    The password must be at least eight characters and can have both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and some punctuation marks.

    The Personal Hotspot and password change screens on an iPhone
  3. 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.

How to Change Your iPhone Personal Hotspot Network Name

You may also want to change 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. Open Settings, and then tap General. Tap About.

    General and About headings in iPhone settings
  2. Tap Name. On the next screen, tap the X to clear the current name and type in the new name. Tap About in the top left corner to return to the previous screen and save.

    Changing an iPhone's name
  3. Along with the hotspot, this name will appear on iCloud backups and anywhere else you connect your phone.

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, no security risk exists in using the default. In fact, the original code 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.