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We’ll show you how to use the iOS 8 Hotspot and a handy new iOS 8 hotspot feature that lets you quickly connect your iPad to the iPhone and see important information like signal strength and battery life left on your iPhone.

All of the new iOS 8 hotspot features are the same on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and older iPhones. You’ll also see similar options on an iPad with LTE connectivity.

When you upgrade your Mac to OS X Yosemite in October you’ll also benefit from the new way the iOS 8 hotspot works. The same signal and battery life information shows up in the WiFi area which is a great way to see these important details if the iPhone is still in your pocket or a backpack.


Learn how to use the iOS 8 hotspot and what's new in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Learn how to use the iOS 8 hotspot and what’s new in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.


Most plans support using the iPhone or iPad as a hotspot at no extra charge. You can try turning on the iOS 8 hotspot to see if it is included in your plan. If it is not you will see a number to call to turn it on. Make sure you know how much data your plan allows. Using the iPhone as a hotspot to connect portable gaming systems, iPads and laptops can use data faster than normal phone use.

A hotspot feature is not tied to a contract, so you can add it and remove it when you want. If you are on shared data it normally includes access to the iOS 8 hotspot feature.

How to Use the iOS 8 Hotspot

Here’s a look at what’s new in the iOS 8 hotspot and how you can use this great feature. Most of the iOS 8 hotspot features are the same as in iOS 7, so you’ll already be familiar with how to use it.


Turn on the iOS 8 Hotspot.

Turn on the iOS 8 Hotspot.


If you’ve never used the iOS 8 hotspot you need to turn it on before it shows up in the main settings screen. To do this go to Settings -> Cellular -> Personal Hotspot -> On. After you do this once iOS 8 adds a shortcut to the main settings menu for faster access to the iOS 8 hotspot settings and to turn the feature on and off.

All you really need to do is turn the iOS 8 hotspot on and then enter the password on the device you want to connect with and the devices will connect so you can start using it to get online.


Change the iOS 8 hotspot password.

Change the iOS 8 hotspot password.


The best thing to do is set up your iPhone hotspot with a hard to guess, but easy to remember password. Go to Settings -> Personal Hotspot -> Tap on Password -> enter a new password to change this. If you already connected you will need to enter the new pass code.

To see how much data you are using on the iOS 8 hotspot you can go to Settings -> Cellular -> Scroll Down -> Tap on System Services -> See Personal Hotspot data usage.

How to Change iOS 8 Hotspot Name

If you want to change the name of the iOS 8 hotspot you need to change the name of your iPhone. Go to Settings -> About -> Name -> type a new name. This changes the name your iPhone uses for syncing and what will show up on some Bluetooth connections as well.


Change the iOS 8 hotspot name.

Change the iOS 8 hotspot name.


That’s all there is to using the iOS 8 hotspot to get your other devices online. The new feature in iOS 8 is the ability to see the signal strength and battery life of the phone under the WiFi menu on another iOS 8 device or on a Mac running OS X Yosemite.

New iOS 8 Hotspot Feature


On iOS 8 devices and on a Mac with OS X Yosemite you'll see the signal strength and battery life of the device you use as an iOS 8 hotspot.

On iOS 8 devices and on a Mac with OS X Yosemite you’ll see the signal strength and battery life of the device you use as an iOS 8 hotspot.


The screenshot above show what this looks like on an iPad. You will see this on other devices and when the OS X Yosemite update comes next month you will see it on your Mac.

Everything you do on your iPhone may be open to NSA snooping thanks to a covert software the agency can install without user’s knowledge. Apparently the app, called Dropout Jeep, can remotely send all of your text messages, contacts and voicemails to the NSA, and can activate your iPhone’s camera or mic for real time surveillance, too.

Security researcher says NSA can spy on your iPhoneSecurity researcher says NSA can spy on your iPhone

In a presentation at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, security researcher Jacob Applebaum detailed the NSA’s iPhone spying capabilities. Along with being able to use Dropout Jeep to collect your conversations and contacts, the agency can use cell towers to find your location, and can remotely push new files to user’s iPhones.

The NSA documents Mr. Applebaum referenced say it has a perfect track record for installing Dropout Jeep on targeted iPhones, meaning they have been able to successfully install the software on every iPhone they want. Based on the agency’s success rate and the amount of data they’re able to collect, Mr. Applebaum questions Apple’s involvement.

He said in a presentation at the conference,

I don’t really believe that Apple didn’t help them. I can’t really prove it, but they [the NSA] literally claim that anytime they target an iOS device, that it will succeed for implantation. Either they have a huge collection of exploits that work against Apple products, meaning that they are hoarding information about critical systems that American companies produce and sabotaging them, or Apple sabotaged it themselves. Not sure which one it is. I’d like to believe that since Apple didn’t join the PRISM program until after Steve Jobs died, that maybe it’s just that they write shitty software.

PRISM is an NSA program to gain back door access to company servers so it can gather personal information and user activity without first gaining a court order. Apple has  claimed it doesn’t participate in PRISM, and went so far as to say it hadn’t even heard of the program until it first appeared in the news in June 2013.

In a public statement Apple said, “We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order.”

Apple has since asked the NSA for better transparency on surveillance, and has said that text messages sent through iMessages are encrypted and that it can’t convert them back to readable text.

Apple has also said that it doesn’t collect data about user activities. If true, that would make a secret back door into the company’s servers less valuable, and would make something lie Dropout Jeep far more useful since it allows the NSA to gather whatever information it wants without directly involving Apple or its servers.

It’s a safe assumption that if the NSA has developed clandestine surveillance malware for the iPhone, it has done the same for other smartphone platforms, too. Android OS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry have all likely been targeted with similar malware, too.

A 2008 document that details Dropout Jeep said that in needed to be installed via “close access methods,” but that the agency was working on a way to remotely install the malware. Considering that was five years ago, it’s possible the NSA has moved on to remote installation, which could give the agency the ability to install its monitoring tools on any iPhone anywhere in the world at any time.


Balancing the right to privacy with national security is always a tricky act. While the NSA will deny the existence of many surveillance programs regardless of whether or not they actually exist, the number of leaked documents show the agency is involved in collecting massive amounts of personal information without court order or consent, and that means the scales have tipped away from privacy in a big way.

[Thanks to The Daily Dot for the heads up.]

Just less than two weeks ago, Facebook started enabling their Photo Sync feature for a limited audience for testing. The feature allows users with iOS devices to have any photos they take with the device automatically uploaded to a private album on their Facebook account to help make sharing the photos easier than ever before. The way the photos automatically go to this album works a lot like Apple’s Photo Stream.

Today, Facebook users should begin seeing the banner above in their news feeds. Facebook has enabled the Photo Sync feature for all users, enabling them to join in on uploading their life to Facebook as it happens. You can tap “Get Started” to begin using Photo Sync, or you can tap cancel to opt out of using it.

Since the photos are uploaded to a private album on Facebook, no one will see the photos that are automatically uploaded until the owner of the Facebook account has a chance to choose the ones that are posted and the ones that are not going to be posted. It’s important to note that even though the photos in this private album aren’t being shared with your friends, they are still going to be stored on Facebook’s servers.

You will not find an update to the Facebook application in the App Store with the new Facebook Photo Sync feature included, as Facebook has managed to pack the feature into the current version of the Facebook application.

Sources: Facebook via MacRumors