How to Share Your Connection with iPad Personal Hotspot - dummies

How to Share Your Connection with iPad Personal Hotspot

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The personal hotspot is a third-generation iPad feature that lets iPads with Wi-Fi + 4G share their cellular high-speed data connection with other devices including notebook computers, iPod touches, and other iPads.

To enable your personal hotspot and share your cellular data connection with others:

  1. Tap Settings on your Home screen.

  2. Tap Personal Hotspot (or General→Network→Personal Hotspot).

  3. Tap the Personal Hotspot switch to enable it.

  4. Tap Wi-Fi Password to create or change the password for the Wi-Fi network you create.

Now, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB-enabled devices can join your hotspot network and share your iPad’s cellular data connection.

Your personal hotspot network adopts your iPad’s name, which is Bob L’s iPad 64 (3d-gen) in the following figure.


Verizon was the only wireless carrier offering the personal hotspot in the USA. Check with your carrier; other carriers may begin to offer it, too.

Verizon doesn’t charge extra for this feature, but the data used by connected devices counts as part of your monthly data plan allotment.

To see how much data you’re using, tap Settings→General→Usage→Cellular Usage.