How to Fix it when Personal Hotspot Option is Missing on iPhone 13

If Personal Hotspot isn’t showing up on your iPhone 13, temporarily turn off cellular data and then turn it back on. This should resolve the issue.

The troubleshooting steps explained in this guide applies to all iPhone 13 series running on iOS 16 or iOS 17 phones as well as iPhone 15 series.

So, if personal hotspot is missing on your iPhone 15, you can follow the exact same steps.

FIRST: Confirm with your Carrier

Apple allow phone carriers to control the availability of the Personal Hotspot feature on your iPhone.

So, if you cannot find this option on your phone, the first step is to contact your carrier and verify if you can use this feature with your plan.

If the carrier has disabled it, only they can enable it for you.

However, if it is not disabled from the carrier end, it’s time to troubleshoot your iPhone.

Temporarily Turn Off Cellular Data

The first thing to try is to reset your cellular data connection. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Cellular. Depending on your region, this option may be mentioned as Mobile Data.
  3. On the next screen, toggle the switch to off for Cellular Data/Mobile Data.
  4. Close the Settings app and lock your iPhone.
  5. Wait for 10-15 seconds and then turn on the cellular data again.

If turning off the cellular data didn’t work, another quick fix is to remove and re-install the SIM card on your iPhone 13.

Restart your iPhone

Most of the time, simply restarting your iPhone can solve a lot of problems. Here’s how to do that:

Press and hold the Volume Up or Volume down button and the side button on your iPhone until the power slider appears.

Drag the slider to power off your iPhone.

Wait for 1 minute, and turn it On again.

If the Personal Hotspot option is still missing, move on to the next solution.

Update Carrier Settings

Keeping your iPhone 13 carrier settings updated is very important to ensure that your iPhone operates properly on your network.

Outdated carrier settings might cause cellular data and other connectivity issues which could lead to the Personal Hotspot option not showing up on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings and tap on General.
  2. Tap on About.
  3. Scroll down to Carrier. If there is any update available, you will see the option to install that update.

If you don’t see any notification or pop-up there, it means your carrier settings are already up-to-date.

Reset Network Settings

Another workaround is to reset iPhone network settings which might be causing the issue. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to General.
  1. Scroll down to the end and tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone option.
  1. Tap on Reset on the next screen. Select the Reset Network Settings option.
  1. Enter your passcode to confirm.

I hope you found this guide useful. If you have any questions, feel free to share them in the comments section!

About the Author

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim

Muhammad Qasim is an Electrical Engineer, Solo Entrepreneur, and Web Developer who loves troubleshooting gadgets and making cool things for the internet.

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