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iPhone Hotspot To Nintendo Switch? (Can you? How to?)

As an iPhone owner, I was frustrated that I couldn’t use the internet connection from my iPhone to connect my Nintendo Switch. After some research and testing, I’m here to share how I solved my problem and the other solutions I discovered.

In that, yes, you can connect the hotspot of your iPhone to your Nintendo Switch. It’s an easy process that usually won’t take more than a minute or so of your time.

So, how exactly is it done? What if it doesn’t work? Keep reading to find out!

How Do I Connect My iPhone’s Hotspot To Nintendo Switch?

There are three ways for you to connect your iPhone’s hotspot: USB, Bluetooth, and WiFi. When it comes to connecting to a Nintendo Switch, the only one that will work is a WiFi hotspot.

To set up the hotspot between your iPhone to the Nintendo Switch, you will have to follow these steps:

  • Open Settings in your iPhone
  • Tap on Cellular
  • Choose Personal Hotspot
  • Set up your Personal Hotspot’s password and network name.
  • Switch your Personal Hotspot on. This will be indicated when the toggle is colored green. 
  • Go to your Nintendo Switch
  • Look for the network name of your iPhone’s hotspot
  • Once you do, select it and enter the password that you have set
  • You’re now good to go!

The main thing you’ll have to keep in mind when you connect your iPhone’s hotspot to your Nintendo Switch is the connectivity. Check the signal of your iPhone’s network provider. You might be in an area that isn’t within network coverage, and thus can’t use mobile data.

If the signal indicator on your iPhone shows three bars or less, you might also have connectivity problems. Network latency could be an issue if the network provider that you’re subscribed to isn’t stable in the area that you’re in.

Fortunately, in most cases, video games don’t consume all that much data, unless it has to install a new game update.

What if My iPhone Won’t Connect Hotspot to Nintendo Switch?

Sometimes, even though you have already gone through all of the steps for connecting your iPhone’s hotspot to Nintendo Switch, it may not work for one reason or another. You may have to try these tips to get around the problem. 

Make sure to keep your iPhone and Nintendo Switch close to each other all throughout these steps.

1. Restart Your Nintendo Switch

Software bugs within the Nintendo Switch can be a likely culprit in your hotspot connection seemingly not working on it. To fix this, it’s recommended that you reboot it.

The software restart isn’t going to cut it. You’ll have to restart the device with the power button so that it resets. After you have restarted it, wait for a few seconds before you power it back again.

Once it has rebooted, check if it now connects to the iPhone’s hotspot.

2. Toggle the Hotspot of Your iPhone on and off

The issue could also be the hotspot feature on your iPhone. Switching the toggle of the hotspot on and off can fix this problem. 

Doing this resets the signal that the iPhone sends to other devices around it, allowing them to rediscover the hotspot.

To accomplish this step, you’ll have to follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings in your iPhone
  2. Switch off the WiFi tab
  3. Go to Personal Hotspot
  4. Switch off Personal Hotspot
  5. Wait a few seconds, and then turn it back on
  6. Check your Nintendo Switch if it now connects to your iPhone’s hotspot

3.  Check Your Carrier

You might have connected to the hotspot, but you still have no internet connection. In this case, you’ll have to check on your data plan by calling your service provider. The plan that you have registered with might not support hotspots.

Also, you must have active megabytes of mobile data. Without these, your hotspot will have no connection to the internet, and neither will your Nintendo Switch.

4. Update Your iPhone

The hotspot may not be working because your iPhone’s software version isn’t up to date. Updating your iOS version will solve software issues that are preventing your Nintendo Switch and iPhone from connecting with each other.

To find out if you’re on an outdated iOS version, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings in your iPhone
  2. Select General at the top of the settings
  3. Tap Software Update
  4. Press the Check for Updates button
  5. Wait for the iPhone to finish checking for updates
  6. If there’s a new update, tap the Update button in order to begin

5. Check Nintendo Online Servers

Check if the Nintendo servers are working. If there’s a message that says “All servers are operating normally”, then the issues are with your devices. 

Final Thoughts

In case none of these solutions worked to connect your iPhone hotspot to Nintendo Switch, you’ll have to contact Nintendo Customer Service in order to pinpoint the exact problem and get it fixed.