Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (Wi-Fi sharing / tethering)

Smartphone Mobile HotSpot (SMHS) - also referred to as Wi-Fi Sharing or tethering - lets you securely share your device's Internet connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices on T-Mobile’s high-speed nationwide network. If you want a plan with SMHS - check our Magenta or Magenta Plus plans.





You'll need the following to use SMHS on your device

  • Wi-Fi-enabled or Bluetooth-enabled device
  • A plan that includes SMHS
  • Coverage as SMHS only works in 4G and 4G LTE coverage: View our coverage map.


Turn on and start using

  1. Turn on SMHS: On your SMHS device, turn on Personal Hotspot or Wi-Fi Sharing (SMHS). This See the Devices page for device-specific steps.
  2. Connect other devices to the SMHS: From the other devices, connect to the mobile hotspot network you just turned on.


If you don't want to use Wi-Fi, you can use a USB cable to connect to other devices (additional software and setup may be required on your device -- you can check the Devices page for steps).


Check SMHS amount & usage

  • See SMHS amount: Follow Manage your plan to see how much SMHS is included with your plan. This appears with your data & add-ons.
  • Check usage: Follow Check your usage.




Cost and eligibility

  • SMHS is a benefit included with Magenta, T-Mobile ONE, and Simple Choice plans.
  • The price varies based on your plan as different plans have different SMHS data allotments, such as 3GB with our Magenta plan or 20GB with Magenta Plus.
  • A data feature is required on your line for SMHS to function.


What's Smartphone Mobile Hotspot (SMHS)?

  • SMHS lets you share your phone, tablet, or Wi-Fi Hotspot's high-speed data with other Wi-Fi enabled or tethered devices.
  • You can share your Internet connection with up to 10 devices.
  • While connected to SMHS you can still make and receive calls and texts on your phone.
  • SMHS on your device is different from location hotspots, like the Wi-Fi you connect to at a coffee shop or airport, and hotspot devices, like the devices sold by T-Mobile.


Additional details

  • For Simple Choice customers, once you reach your high-speed data allotment, your SMHS and on-device data speed is reduced to 2G speeds.
  • Customers with a Simple Choice unlimited plan will have their SMHS speeds reduced after using 14 GB of mobile hotspot data. In either case, your data won’t stop — you’ll just experience slower speeds until the end of your billing cycle.