How to Tether an iPhone on an iPhone

by Avery Martin
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Tethering allows you to connect another iPhone to the Internet if you have exceeded your monthly allowance of bandwidth, a friend allows you to use her data plan to avoid roaming charges or only one iPhone supports unlimited data. This can be helpful when visiting friends in different states or even different countries and can dramatically reduce the cost of your bill. Regardless of the reason for tethering two iPhones, you must first use a plan that allows you to use one of your iPhones as a personal hot spot.

Step 1

Tap the "Settings" app on the iPhone you want to use to create a personal hot spot.

Step 2

Select the "Personal Hotspot" option. Call your carrier to set up your personal hot spot if you don't see the option, an option to "Set Up Personal Hotspot" or a similar notice.

Step 3

Set the "Personal Hotspot" toggle switch to the "On" position. Take note of the name for the network and the Wi-Fi password.

Step 4

Tap the "Settings" app on your second iPhone.

Step 5

Select the "Wi-Fi" option.

Step 6

Choose the personal hot spot from the "Choose a Network" section.

Type the password for the personal hot spot and select "Join."


  • You should own both iPhones to prevent violating the terms of service of your carrier's contract. Some carriers may suspend or terminate your service if they suspect that you regularly use the data plan to support a non-paying customer.
  • Information in this article applies to iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Turn the personal hot spot on and off if the network still doesn't show on your second iPhone. Place both iPhones within an inch of each other and try connecting again. Once you establish a connection, you can move the second iPhone.


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  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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