How to share an iPhone Personal Hotspot to iPad
Quick Mac Tip, 01 May 2011
Stuck needing Internet on your iPad, but only having WiFi? If you have an iPhone with the latest iOS update and your service provider offers it, a Personal Hotspot may be the answer. Personal Hotspot replaces Internet Tethering.
This guest Tip is written by Jo Fothergill.
Jo Fothergill is a primary school teacher working with 8 & 9 year old students in New Zealand. Having spent the last 30 years playing with computers, Jo has spent the last 8 years exploring all that is Mac.
With the latest updates to iOS I’m happy that I didn’t get a Wi-Fi + 3G iPad as I can use my iPhone’s built in Personal Hotspot to provide the connection.
A real life test of Personal Hotspot
I tested this on the fly while I was away at an all-day workshop. I suddenly needed to access a PDF that was stored in one of my Dropbox folders.
I could have used my iPhone to access the file but it’s rather large and lots of text so I did the next best thing.
Turn on Personal Hotspot
First I turned on my Personal Hotspot on the iPhone:
Personal Hotspot —
Turn on iPad Bluetooth
Then I turned my iPad Bluetooth ON (
Bluetooth) and as my iPhone was already listed all I then had to do was pair with it.
Personal Hotspot: 1 Connection
At this point the iPhone shows that it’s connected with a pulsing blue band at the top of whatever screen you’re on.
Meanwhile the iPad displays a couple of chain links near the top left of the screen.
I was then able to access the PDF I needed via my Dropbox. This time I marked it as a Dropbox Favorite so that I could access it again without the hotspot connection.
This connection is only as good as your 3G phone connection. I have an iPhone 3GS and find that it works ok for email and low graphic pages and for accessing my Dropbox.
- Turn your iPhone Personal Hotspot on.
- Turn your iPad Bluetooth ON and connect to your iPhone.
- Access the internet as needed.
- Don’t forget to disconnect and turn Bluetooth OFF on both devices to save battery.
Miraz adds: remember to check with your Phone service provider whether Personal Hotspot is available for you and what charges are involved.