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Instant Hotspot - Hot the ******?

Sparxxx

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Guys could someone of you please help me with the Instant Hotpspot feature in iOS 8?
I am using an Iphone 6 and an Ipad Air but can't get the Instant Hotspot function to work.
Please tell me step by step what I have to do to enable it.

Thanks!
 

madsci954

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Both devices are on iOS 8 and signed in with the same iCloud account and your iPhone isn't showing up in Wifi under Personal Hotspot?
 
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megalaser

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I am with AT&T and it says I have to contact them - this is BS . . . I thought that one of the features of IOS8 was allowing the sharing of any cell connection, not having to buy another sharing plan . . .
 
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DblHelix

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I am with AT&T and it says I have to contact them - this is BS . . . I thought that one of the features of IOS8 was allowing the sharing of any cell connection, not having to buy another sharing plan . . .

Still need to pay for it. Works on my t-mobile where I get 5gb of personal hotspot
 
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zedsdead

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If you have a grandfathered ATT data unlimited plan IT WILL NOT WORK for any hotspots.
 
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hypno

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I have all kinds of buggy problems with instant hotspot from my Macbook. Most of the time I have to wake my iPhone up before it shows up in my WiFi list. I can also make it appear instantly in my Macbook if I scan for the hotspot with my iPad Mini. Once the iPad Mini finds it the instant hotspot shows up instantly on my Macbook.
 
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moonman239

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Still need to pay for it. Works on my t-mobile where I get 5gb of personal hotspot

This. OP, if you're paying for multiple lines, I would consider buying a Mobile Share data plan. That means you'd be sharing a certain amount of available data with another person whose service you're being billed for. These data plans come with the Personal Hotspot feature.
 
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Sparxxx

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Both devices are on iOS 8 and signed in with the same iCloud account and your iPhone isn't showing up in Wifi under Personal Hotspot?

Yep, both are on iOS 8 and use the same iCloud account.
My Hotspot function is active with the provider (Swisscom as I live in Switzerland).
Never manage to get Instant Hotspot to work. I still use the old method but would like to benefit from the new one.
Any help?
Thanks
 
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Sparxxx

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Well... They mainly talk about hand off... I am more interested in Instant Hotspot between my Ipad and Iphone when I am not at homd and not having wifi
 
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sunfire7

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Just follow the steps and enjoy your instant hotspot, its working great between my 5s and iPad air
 
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APlotdevice

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I am with AT&T and it says I have to contact them - this is BS . . . I thought that one of the features of IOS8 was allowing the sharing of any cell connection, not having to buy another sharing plan . . .

No, iOS 8 simply makes the existing hotspot feature more seamless. Allowing you to use any data connection would almost certainly violate the contracts that Apple has with these carriers.
 
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Sparxxx

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Ok, I got it working.
All I did was a "Reset All Settings" on the Ipad.
Bluetooth need to be "ON".
 
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skwood

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Glad to hear you got it working. For future reference mine connects 100% of the time *if* I keep the settings page of personal hotspot open during connection. Otherwise it is hit and miss.
 
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Sparxxx

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Well... for me it always worked without keeping that page open.Otherwise it makes no sense. I don't want to take the phone out of my pocket. Thats the whole idea behind, right? :).

Now I am wondering if it works through Bluetooth or not... otherwise I can keep it off.
 
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Sparxxx

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Well, it worked for a day and now it's gone. No idea how this stupid **** is suposed to work.
It should be something easy but it turns out they ****ed it up big time since iOS 8
Ples the wifi issues I am having with my Ipad Air... Not good Apple, not good.
 
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legioxi

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Instant Hotspot or whatever doesn't work for me either. iOS 8.0.2, OS X 10.10 GM and I have to manually add a new network to the MacBook and enter the WPA2 password each time. It finds my phone fine but when I select it from the WiFi list, I get a failure after a while. Handoff works fine but this piece does not.
 
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Sparxxx

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With 8.1 it's working perfect now... Cool stuff. Bluetooth has to be on though
 
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