Use your iPad to set up a hotspot

When you haven’t got WiFi access, using your iPad to create a WiFi hotspot is a simple way of getting other devices online wirelessly.

How to set up a WiFi hotspot using an iPad

Creating a WiFi hotpost on your iPad means you can access its data using any of your other internet-enabled devices, such as smartphones and laptops. It’s really handy if you’re on the move or at a location with poor WiFi signal strength.


On your iPad, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Mobile Data’ or ‘Settings’ > ‘Personal Hotspot’


Tap the slider next to ‘Allow Others to Join’


Other devices can now join by searching for the hotspot using WiFi, Bluetooth or a USB

How do I connect when using an iPad as a hotspot?

Use ‘Family Sharing’ to get everyone online

Get the entire household online by allowing family members to join your Personal Hotspot.

  1. On your Personal Hotspot device go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Personal Hotspot’ > ‘Family Sharing’
  2. Turn on ‘Family Sharing’
  3. Tap the name of each person in your home, while deciding if they need approval to join your hotspot automatically

How do I know my iPad is working as a hotspot?

When you have created the WiFi hotspot on your iPad, it’s been turned on and has devices connected to it, the status bar will turn blue and display the number of connected devices.

You can turn off the hotspot just as easily:
Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Personal Hotspot’ and switch to ‘Off’

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