macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 11, 2008
I get Instant Hotspot sporadically disappear and I rely on it quite a bit for my iPad so its becoming quite painful.

Im using an esim and the hotspot works if I manually turn it on.

However normal behaviour would allow my iPhone to appear on my MacBook and iPad in the wifi drop down list as a personal hotspot and allow me to connect automatically without having to enable hotspot on my iPhone first

I have my iPad setup in this manner too where it automatically connects to it.

However nowadays the phone doesn't broadcast the hotspot availability on its own. At random times it magically works. But then if I reboot my iPhone the feature disappears again.

Through some testing Ive found that if I leave my phone off for a couple of hours and then turn it back on the feature works.

But for instance a software update comes out and I install it and the phone reboots, the feature stops working.

I have no idea if this is an esim specific issue or what not but its definitely not my provider as I can enable manual hotspot.

I have tried resetting my providers tethering APN but no go...

Also I understand this relies on hands-off to work reliably and in my case it works perfectly for anything that needs to be handed off so its possibly not that too.


Apr 16, 2020
East of the sun, west of the moon
I wonder whether it might be your eSim, although I don’t know much about them. I don’t have an eSim, and I’ve been using my iPhone xR’s personal hotspot for my mac (and iPad before switching to a cellular iPad), and it worked the way it’s supposed to without touching anything on my phone. I do find that having the phone in the same room helps with its availability being displayed.
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