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How to Enable or Disable Personal Hotspot using Hexnode MDM

Hexnode MDM allows to enable or disable personal hotspot remotely through the MDM console thereby permitting to share the cellular data connection of your iOS device when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi network. This feature is available only on iOS devices.

Enabling Personal Hotspot

To enable Personal Hotspot on a target iOS device from the MDM console, follow the steps mentioned below:

 

  1. Go to Management > Devices.
  2. Choose a target iOS device.
  3. Go to Actions and select Enable Personal Hotspot.
  4. A pop-up emerges asking for confirmation. Hit Continue to proceed.
  5. The action gets executed.

Sharing Cellular Data through WI-Fi, Bluetooth or USB

Devices can connect to the iPhone and iPad via Personal Hotspot in one of the three ways:

  1. Wi-Fi
  2. Bluetooth
  3. USB

When you connect a device to the Personal Hotspot, a list of devices joining your network will be displayed. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot depends upon the carrier and your iPhone model.

Wi-Fi

Tethering over Wi-Fi works just as connecting to any other Wi-Fi network.

  1. On the device from which you want to share the network, go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and make sure it is turned ON.
  2. Verify the name of the device and the password if provided.
  3. Next, on the device that you want to connect to the network, turn ON the Wi-Fi option from Settings > Wi-Fi and choose the iPhone or iPad sharing cellular data.
  4. Enter the password for your Personal Hotspot and join the network if prompted.

Bluetooth

To make the iPhone or iPad discoverable, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn it ON. Personal Hotspot supports Bluetooth connection on Mac and PC. To connect iOS devices, use Wi-Fi.

Follow the steps mentioned below to connect a device to the Personal Hotspot:

  1. On the source device you want to connect to, turn ON Bluetooth settings.
  2. Find the device you want to connect to the source device and select it to pair.
  3. A code appears on the device, which needs to be entered to connect.

USB

Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Then connect the device to your computer with the USB. Select iPhone from the list of Wi-Fi networks to connect to the Personal Hotspot.

The distance that tethered devices can be apart from each other while still working depends on how they are connected. A device tethered over USB only has a range as long as the USB cable. Tethering over Bluetooth gives a range of a couple dozen feet, while Wi-Fi connections stretch a little farther.

Disabling Personal Hotspot

Personal Hotspot can be disabled by following the steps below:

 

  1. Go to Management > Devices.
  2. Choose the device on which you want to disable Personal Hotspot.
  3. Go to Actions and select Disable Personal Hotspot.
  4. You will be asked if you want to stop sharing Personal Hotspot. Hit Continue to execute the action.
  5. Personal Hotspot will be disabled.
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