Imagine you are working on something important on your system which needs internet connectivity and suddenly the Wi-Fi signal gets cut off and you are left helpless. That’s where you use the cellular data network from your iPhone which has a feature called a hotspot. This feature allows you to provide the data network signal to others surrounding you as a Wi-Fi signal.
But recently many iPhone users started complaining that they are unable to use the hotspot feature on their iPhones because the Hotspot option got greyed out.
Since this has been a major issue for many iPhone users who use this feature to get internet connectivity to their system while traveling. This could be mainly because of the cellular sim issue or due to some changes made to the cellular data settings.
We have compiled a bunch of possible solutions in this article below which will definitely ease your problem and enable the hotspot whenever you wish.
Fix 1 – Create Hotspot manually
1- Go to settings
2 – Go to Mobile data
3 – Go to Personal Hotspot
4- Make sure allow others to join is turned ON
5 – Set WiFi password.
6- Turn on Your WiFi once
7 – Now, Turn it off again
Your problem will be fixed
Fix 2 – Change the Cellular Data Settings
Most people do not realize that the cellular data option must be turned on otherwise the personal hotspot feature will appear greyed out. So we recommend checking the mobile data setting on your iPhone once and turning it on if it was disabled.
Step 1: Unlock your iPhone using Face ID or passcode.
Step 2: After unlocking, go to the Settings page by tapping on the Settings icon once from the home screen.
Step 3: Now scroll down and tap on the Mobile Data option as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 4: Make sure the Mobile Data toggle button is turned on by tapping on it once.
Step 5: As soon as you turn on the Mobile Data option, you will see that the Personal Hotspot option becomes available and is no longer greyed out.
Step 6: Now tap on the Network Selection option as shown below.
Step 7: On the Network Selection page, make sure the Automatic toggle button is turned on.
If still, this problem persists, please try other solutions given below
Fix 3 – Remove and Insert the SIM Card again
Sometimes, if there is a problem with the SIM card holder, it usually throws such issues either with the data network or something like this as discussed above. So we advise our users to remove the SIM card once and then reinsert it back into their iPhones.
Step 1: Take a SIM ejector tool and insert the sharp end inside the hole on the SIM slot on the side of the iPhone.
Step 2: This ejects the slot which holds your SIM card.
Step 3: Now take the SIM card out of the holder and just dust it off carefully to ensure there are no dirt particles.
Step 4: After that, place it again in the holder and insert it back into your iPhone slot for SIM.
Fix 4 – Reset Network Settings
If this issue is caused due to the changes done to the network settings or any other settings on your iPhone, then it is better to reset the network settings or all settings.
To do so, follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Open the Settings page on your iPhone.
Step 2: After that, tap on the General option once.
Step 3: Scroll down the General page to the bottom and tap on the Transfer or Reset iPhone.
Step 4: Now choose the Reset option by tapping on it once as shown below.
Step 5: This pops up a small context menu with a list of options.
Step 6: Select the Reset Network Settings option from the list as shown below.
Step 7: This will start to reset your network settings on your iPhone.
NOTE – Once done, check if the problem got fixed. Otherwise, follow the steps given below.
Now try to reset all settings on your iPhone by tapping the Reset All Settings option from the popped-up context menu as shown below.
This will start to reset all settings on your iPhone.
Fix 5 – Update the iPhone’s OS
For any device to run efficiently and without any problems, it must be updated to its latest operating system. Therefore, we must try updating the iPhone operating system as well once and see if this works. Here are the steps on how you can update it.
Step 1: Go to the iPhone’s Settings page.
Step 2: There you need to select the General option from the list as shown below.
Step 3: Tap on the Software Update option once to open its page.
Step 4: On the Software Update page, it will search for any updates available for your iPhone online and displays them.
Step 5: If there are any updates available, please tap on the Download and Install at the bottom as shown in the below screenshot.
Step 6: This begins to start downloading and then installing the updates on your iPhone.
Step 7: It may take some time because OS updates will be quite huge and depending on your internet speed.
Step 8: After updating your iPhone, check if the problem still persists.