How to Turn Your iPad Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Setting up a Wi-Fi hotspot on your device allows you to access your iPad’s cellular data connection from other Wi-Fi-enabled devices like laptops, smartphones and other tablets. You can set up Apple’s iPad tablet computer to function as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot provided it’s running iOS 4.3 or later. Once you’ve set up your hotspot, in the future you can turn it on and off with a few taps in your iPad’s settings menu.
Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPad.
Tap “Network” and choose “General” to access your iPad’s network settings.
Tap the “Personal Hotspot” button, located about halfway down the list of buttons that comprise the Network Settings menu. The Personal Hotspot menu will appear.
Tap the small button labeled “Off” at the top of the Personal Hotspot menu. The button should slide left, turn blue and switch to “On.” If this option is not available, you don’t currently have Wi-Fi hotspot capability on your iPad. Contact your cellular service provider to add this feature to your iPad’s data plan.
Enter a Wi-Fi hotspot password. This is the password other devices will need to know in order to access your iPad as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Your password has to be at least eight characters long and made up of ASCII/Unicode characters. You can’t, for example, type a password in Russian.
- After the initial setup you can access your Wi-Fi hotspot and change its settings by tapping the "Settings" icon and selecting “Personal Hotspot.”
- The iPad supports a maximum of five external connections to its Wi-Fi hotspot at any given time. However, some cellular providers limit you to fewer connections, so check with your service provider before inviting five friends over at once to use your Wi-Fi hotspot.
Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.