This is a very short post to document how to connect a Raspberry Pi to an iPhone’s “Personal Hotspot.”

I’m about to go on a short trip.  I want to take my Raspberry Pi with me.  Currently, the Raspberry Pi is connected to our network using Ethernet.  I want to access using WiFi.  The challenge with that is I need WiFi access when I am not around a wireless access point.

I decide to use my iPhone’s “Personal Hotspot” feature.


I tried two different methods and found Adafruit’s steps for command line configuration of WiFi to work.  The directions walked me through modifying the interfaces.d file:

sudo nano /etc/network/interfaces

~ $ ifconfig wlan0

wlan0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500

        inet  netmask  broadcast

        inet6 fe80::2a5f:78b0:ba56:b15f  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>

        ether b8:27:eb:8f:08:40  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)

        RX packets 4  bytes 910 (910.0 B)

        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0

        TX packets 35  bytes 6213 (6.0 KiB)

        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

I change to my iPhone’s personal hotspot SSID, and YIPPEE! I connect with my Raspberry Pi.

BUT….the Ethernet was gone on reboot.

# interfaces(5) file used by ifup(8) and ifdown(8)


# Please note that this file is written to be used with dhcpcd

# For static IP, consult /etc/dhcpcd.conf and ‘man dhcpcd.conf’


# Include files from /etc/network/interfaces.d:

source-directory /etc/network/interfaces.d


auto lo

auto eth0


iface lo inet loopback

iface eth0 inet dhcp


allow-hotplug wlan0

auto wlan0


iface wlan0 inet dhcp

        wpa-ssid “Mom’s 6”

it turned out I was missing auto eth0 in the interface.d file.

Other useful commands: 

ifdown <config>

ifup <config>

Where config = wlan0 or eth0