Can you successfully trigger personal hotspot from your other devices?

tmanto02

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I was super excited when they Apple first announced that with iOS 8 you could remotely trigger iPhone's personal hotspot from your other nearby Apple devices, as I use personal hotspot on a daily basis.

However, I have only been able to successfully connect remotely a couple of times. It now fails every time leading me to start the connection off my iPhone instead.

Do many of you have the same issue?
 
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perezr10

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Hey, if it makes you feel any better, it NEVER works for me either. I always have to go open my iPhone Hotspot page so it's discoverable. It would be nice if it worked so I could drop my iPad data plan.
 

tmanto02

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Hey, if it makes you feel any better, it NEVER works for me either. I always have to go open my iPhone Hotspot page so it's discoverable. It would be nice if it worked so I could drop my iPad data plan.
For the meantime you should consider jail breaking your phone so you can trigger it from control centre
 

andyw715

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It usually works the first time, but if the iPad gets disconnected and tries to reconnect it won't work.
 

davehutch

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Hopeless as far as I'm concerned. Using an iPhone 6 and an iPad Mini Retina, both on 8.1.3.
Has never worked properly.
Doesn't work on my wife's iPhone 5 and iPad 3 either
 

Fzang

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Actually, it works stellar between my rMBP and iPhone 6. My girlfriend's iPhone can't seem to initiate the connection to my phone directly, but I don't know if there's some kind of iCloud-bound reason for that.
 

MacBH928

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Neither my laptop nor my iPad will detect the hotspot from my iphone over Wifi. It seems like a hit or miss, I just read a tip here that you should keep the Personal Hotspot screen "on" while trying to detect it from another device.

Connecting through USB for my laptop, and Bluetooth from my iPad always works. My iPad was once unable to detect the HotSpot so I entered the network name and password manually and it worked.

Not sure if bug or I am doing something wrong.