Turn your iPhone to a WIFI hotspot and connect your iPad and other WIFI enabled devices to Internet for free

One of my friends recently asked me how he could share the 3G connection on iPhone 4 with his new iPad 2. I thought I would share this tip with you. This feature works with almost every carrier in the world such as At & T, Verizon in USA and SingTel, Starhub, M1 in Singapore, etc. This feature also works with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4.

Since the release of iPhone OS 4, Apple has added a new feature in iPhone called Personal Hotspot. (Previously, iPhone only used to allow to tether (share Internet) using USB cable). This feature can be accessed from Settings >> Personal Hotspot (usually under the Wi-Fi button) and it can also be accessed via Settings >> General >> Network >> Personal Hotspot.

There are two ways of sharing the Internet (3G network) connection on the iPhone with other devices, such as iPad or any laptops, etc. One is via USB cable and other is making the iPhone as a Wi-Fi (wifi hotspot) access point (hotspots). The options for these two will be popped up when you switch ON the Personal Hotspot option. If you like to make your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot (Wireless Internet, wifi hotspot) for your Wi-Fi enabled devices such as iPad, you can use the option “Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth”. Your iPhone becomes a Wi-Fi access point when you do so, that the other Wi-Fi enabled devices can detect this connection and connect to Internet. The other option is via USB cable, which is good if you are tethering this connection with a laptop or a PC.

The password for the Wi-Fi network is given in the Personal Hotspot settings page. You can change this password from the Personal Hotspot settings screen. It is important to protect this because when you turn on your iPhone as a hotspot in a public area, others can connect to your network if you don’t have a password.

The good thing about this feature is that, if you have a Wi-Fi only iPad (as you may know, there are 2 types of iPad, 1) Only 3G, 2) Wi-Fi + 3G), you do not need to sign up for another 3G connection or wait to reach in a Wi-Fi spot (Wireless Internet) to use your iPad to stream YouTube or check out other stuffs on Internet, just turn on your iPhone as a Hotspot.

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  • Charlene

    Thanks so much for this information! I can now make an informed decision as to which ipad 2 I want to go with. You’ve been a big help.

    • Thanks so much for this information! I can now make an informed decision as to which ipad 2 I want to go with. You’ve been a big help.

      Hi Charlene,

      Happy to hear that the tips helped you. You may check out other articles on this site and may be bookmark as I update this site kinda often…
      -aneesh

  • Eva

    is there any external charges for the hotspot devices?

    • aneesh

      is there any external charges for the hotspot devices?

      Hi Eva,
      It depends on your network carrier. Hotspot is a feature in iPhone, you don’t have to pay anything extra for it. But if you’ve to pay for your 3G network on iPhone based on usage, then those charges may apply when you use hotspot. Because, basically we’re still using the 3G connection in the iPhone for turning it like a Wifi hotspot. Hope this answers your question. If you still ‘be anything to ask, please comment here or ask me in twitter @sarayooinfo or on Google+ gplus.to/sarayoo.info or or Facebook. Cheers 🙂

  • Dianne

    Have iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and I cannot get my hotspot to work on my iPad. It works great when tethered to my Mac laptop. Was told it did not need to be tethered and there is not a USB port on the iPad. any help!!!

    • aneesh

      Have iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and I cannot get my hotspot to work on my iPad. It works great when tethered to my Mac laptop. Was told it did not need to be tethered and there is not a USB port on the iPad. any help!!!

      Hi Dianne,

      There are two options to tether your iPhone, one is using “Bluetooth and USB only” and the other “Turn on WIFI”. You can use the “Turn on Wifi” option. Once you turn on wifi in iPhone, look for that wifi connection from your iPad. Enter the password you find in your iPhone >> Settings >> Personal Hotspot >> Wifi password.

      Hope this helps. 🙂
      -aneesh