How do I keep the hotspot on permanently?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lsquare, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. lsquare macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    I notice that after a period of inactivity, the hotspot feature will essentially turn itself off and my laptop will lose internet. I can understand why that may be useful if it's in battery mode. However, when I'm at school, I have a power source nearby and power isn't an issue. Is there a way to prevent the iPhone from automatically turning off the feature?
  2. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  3. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    Is your laptop going into sleep mode? If it is then that explanes why , there is no way to keep it on if something is not connected. I ha the same issue tethering my iPhone to my iPad and my iPad going to sleep. The way around In my case was to tether thru Bluetooth instead of wifi which is much better on battery but a little slower.
  4. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Plug the iPhone into your laptop with the USB sync cable and use the connection through that, instead of using WiFi or Bluetooth. This should keep the connection active for as long as your laptop is awake. It should also be the fastest in terms of throughput, and will also keep your iPhone charged without having to plug it in to an outlet.
  5. lsquare, Jan 4, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2012

    lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
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    The iPhone charges faster through the outlet than through my laptop's USB port.
  6. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    You can't unfortunately. When you navigate to the personal hotspot section in settings it starts broadcasting the SSID and for 30 seconds after you navigate away or the phone goes to sleep.

    As long as you are still using it it will stay active (even if the screen is off) but after a while it will shut down the hotspot and you have to reactivate it.

    There is an Apple support page that details this but I'm not able to find it again but you should be able to find it if you look hard enough.
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    A simple script to ping a known Internet address every 25 seconds should keep it Alive. Maybe there is already a small widget to do just that(?)
  8. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    Even if it exists, you'd 100% have to jailbreak I think.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Uh no, not in the phone, at the laptop. Ur basically simulating fake activity.
  10. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    Just use a USB cable - works all the time. When you plug in, it activates the hotspot as long as you leave the hotspot switch in on mode.
  11. Dreama macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    It would be nice to be able to configure iPhone / iPad to leave hotspot on at all times. I use my laptop a lot and have iPad in my backpack. Currently i have to go into settings on iPad to Hotspot settings (just having it open) and then the laptop will connect. mine seems to stay on as long as the laptop is active / communicating.
    the suggestion above about plugging it into laptop is a good idea too, but im not sure if by plugging it in, will actually enable Hotspot, or if you have to go into Settings first
  12. blairian89 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2016
    Thank you for using the search feature, but damn!

    Yeah, it would be nice, but I get the feeling that the cellular companies would frown upon that.
  13. Dreama macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    ha ha ha - i didnt realise this was so OLD :)
  14. kholofelo macrumors newbie


    Jan 30, 2019
    Thanks for this suggestion. From all of this, I see that Apple so far does not provide a way to manually keep the hotspot on. It is tiring to have to unlock the phone all the time! So getting a script to keep it busy is a lovely hack! Thanks
  15. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    Everyone needs to check for oldy moldy threads. They spring up this time of iPhone season. We past all the gate threads and majority of complaining and to soon for robust rumor threads, so all left is unbury coffins of old threads. Happens every year.
  16. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    Anyone here with iOS 13 beta installed on their iPhone? Apparently there's a feature called "Persistent Personal Hotspot". I've been waiting for something like this on iOS for a very long time. So far all of the data points to the fact that it'll work perfectly with iOS devices. What about Android? If an Android device connects to an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13 with the "Persistent Personal Hotspot", is it still going to maintain connection with an iPhone/iPad when it goes to sleep?
  17. willmtaylor macrumors G4


    Oct 31, 2009
    This is really an iOS 13 discussion—not a iPhone 5 discussion from 2012.

    Being said, yes, it’s a new feature.

  18. Aliciakeystx macrumors member

    May 5, 2019
    I guess there is a cap for 1 hours maxmium if you are not active
  19. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    Why do you say that?

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