How to turn on and use Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot tethering on your new iPad

The new iPad includes a tethering feature called Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot which lets you share your iPad's 4G LTE or HSPA+ Internet connection with your laptop or any other device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network. Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot depends on your carrier, however, so while some carriers like Verizon and Rogers offer it, AT&T currently does not. (Insert pitchforks and torches here.) Even when it's offered, however, Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot may not be enabled by default and it's not obvious how to turn it on.

How to tell if Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot is enabled

If you're not sure whether or not Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot is enabled, it's easy to tell.

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Look at the top left.
  3. If you see Personal Hotpot right at the top (between Wi-Fi and Notifications), you're good to goiPad personal hotspot setting
  4. If you don't see **Personal Hotspot, you'll need to enable it first.

How to enable Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot

If Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot isn't enabled, you'll have to go digging for it.

  1. Launch the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap NetworkiPad settings general network
  4. Tap Personal Hotspot
  5. Toggle Personal Hotspot to on

Once you've turned it on for the first time, you'll get Personal Hotspot in the top level Settings list and won't have to dig for it again.

How to change your Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot password

Apple provides a default password for your Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot but you can easily change it if you like.

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot
  3. Tap Wi-Fi Password
  4. Enter your new password (it needs to be more than 8 characters and should be something that's not easily guessed)
  5. Tap the blue Done button at the top right.

How to use Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot for tethering

You can use your Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot to share your iPad LTE or HSPA+/EVDO connection with any device that has Wi-Fi, including Mac, Windows, and Linux laptop and desktop PCs, handheld and console gaming machines, smartphones on slower networks, and more.

Just keep a close eye on your data usage because it can go fast!

First, start up Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot on your iPad

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Tap on Personal Hotspot
  3. Toggle Personal Hotspot to On

Next, go to the device you want to connect.

  1. Check for available Wi-Fi connections.
  2. Your Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot will have the same name as your iPad (iPad by default). Click on it.
  3. Enter the password as it appears on your iPad.
  4. A blue bar will appear across the top of your iPad so you know Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot in connected, and the number of connections will be shown on the right.

Different carriers allow different numbers of connections, typically from 5 to 8 total.

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