Tip: How to use Instant Hotspot
Instant Hotspot is a new feature that make it totally easy to use an iPhone’s data connection to get access to his Mac. We’ll show you how.
In OS X Yosemite big part of the new features is related to connectivity that provides better integration of Mac computers with iOS devices. One of the new features is Instant Hotspot, which makes it easier to use an iPhone or iPad’s mobile data network connection on a Mac.
It has in principle always been with Personal Hotspot feature. With Instant it is just become easier since you do not need to mess with passwords. This can be handled through a single iCloud account. Even if your device is in standby mode, you can use its mobile data connection without having to do anything else. Just Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be on.
How to use Instant Hotspot to connect iPhone to Mac
Before you start, you need to have updated to iOS 8.1 on your iPhone or iPad and OS X Yosemite on your Mac. You must, of course, also have a Mac that supports the feature. You should follow these guidelines: Press the Apple icon in the menu bar at the top and select “About this Mac”. Then click on “More Info” and then on the “System Report”. Find the section with BlueTooth information where you will be able to see if Instant Hotspot and hands off is supported.
Once it is in place, make sure that both devices are logged in with the same iCloud account
1. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone and your Mac
2. Tap the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar at the top of your Mac. Here you will see the “Personal Hotspot” section, where the name of your iPhone appears. You will also see the signal strength, battery status, etc. Click on the name of the device to turn off Instant Hotspot. On the iPhone, you will see the status bar turns blue to indicate that the phone’s data connection is being shared.
3.Turn on the Instant Hotspot from the same way through the menu on your Mac.Otherwise, the connection is automatically closed down to save battery if you connect your Mac on a regular Wi-Fi network or just mute it.
If you can not get it to work – and you’ve double-checked your Mac supports functionality, try to sign out of iCloud and back or to turn Wi-Fi off and on. Try on both devices. Last resort is to restart both devices to see if it helps.