Personal hotspot - permanently on


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 5, 2006

Does anyone keep the personal hotspot permanently on? I want to turn it on always, so that my Android tablet can tether to my iphone 5 automatically. However, it seems that even without any connection, just turning on the hotspot feature the battery will die very quickly, eg 1% per 3-5 mins. Why? In the past I was using a galaxy nexus android phone, which does not draw any extra battery even with tethering turn on with no active connection.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 18, 2011
I have it permanently 'on' but it isn't actually active unless there's a connection or you're in the 'personal hotspot' menu (which activates the feature and makes it discoverable so other devices can connect.)

So unless you have something connected permanently as well, it doesn't use battery this way.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 5, 2006
I see. I am new to personal hotspot so I am a bit clueness. Just to confirm, what you mean is that as long as there no active connection, turning on personal hotspot should not result in addirional battery use? Also I need to make sure that the hotspot setting page is not on the foreground?

Thanks for your help.


macrumors Westmere
Apr 16, 2008
At the iPhone hacks section.
Personal Hotspot automatically shuts itself off after five minutes of non-use. You must go back to the Personal Hotspot menu and toggle it OFF then back ON for it to "wake back up" if you will.
If it keeps broadcasting signal as a router it will eat up additional energy/battery.
Your android phone did use up battery too to keep acting as a hotspot even though you claim it didn't use any battery at all.


macrumors Core
Aug 31, 2011
ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
Actually, you don't really have to toggle it off and on, you just need to open the hotspot menu and it will automatically operate.
Thank you for resurrecting a five year old thread about the iPhone 5 hotspot on iOS 6 to tell us all about this in the age of the iPhone 7/7+ and iOS 10.

Good job sir! You will go far on MacRumors! :(
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.