Macworld Masterclass: Share 3G between two iOS devices

Access the web while travelling with your Wi-Fi only iPad

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  • anno Intro
  • Step1 Step 1: Personal Hotspot
  • Step2 Step 2: Be discovered
  • Step3 Step 3: Paired up
  • Step4 Step 4: Strong link
  • photo 2 copy Step 5: Stick together
  • Step6 Step 6: Parting of the ways
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Intro

Picture this: you and a friend are travelling, and there’s no Wi-Fi signal. Your friend has an iPhone, and you have a Wi-Fi only iPad, so while they’re happily browsing the internet and finding out the latest gossip on Facebook, you’re enviously peering over their shoulder wishing your amazing device would allow you do to the same.

However, don’t despair. If your friend is willing, and their data plan allows, they can share their 3G from their iPhone with your iPad. Here’s how… 

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/ iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later

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Picture this: you and a friend are travelling, and there’s no Wi-Fi signal. Your friend has an iPhone, and you have a Wi-Fi only iPad, so while they’re happily browsing the internet and finding out the latest gossip on Facebook, you’re enviously peering over their shoulder wishing your amazing device would allow you do to the same.

However, don’t despair. If your friend is willing, and their data plan allows, they can share their 3G from their iPhone with your iPad. Here’s how… 

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/ iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes

What you need

iOS 4.0 or later

 

Step 1: Personal Hotspot

To start, navigate to the Settings menu on the iPhone and tap Personal Hotspot. Slide the toggle to on. If you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned off, a pop-up will appear asking you to choose between Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and USB Only. Choose the first option. The iPhone will now be available to other devices.

 

Step 2: Be discovered

To pair two iOS devices using Bluetooth, go to the Settings menu on both, and switch on Bluetooth. On the iPad, find the iPhone you want to pair it with. If you aren’t sure what the device is called, you can find out by going to the Personal Hotspot menu on your iOS device where it will be listed.

 

Step 3: Paired up

On the iPad, tap the name of the iPhone you are pairing with in the Bluetooth menu. If it’s successful, both devices should get a pop-up with an identical PIN code. Tap Pair on both and you should now be connected. Your devices will remember each other, so you won’t need to enter a PIN if you want to pair them again.

 

Step 4: Strong link

If you are successfully sharing 3G with the iPhone, the iPad will have a symbol resembling two hoops linked together in the top-left corner. As for the iPhone, it will display a glowing blue bar along the top of the screen, with Personal Hotspot: 1 Connection written across it.

 

Step 5: Stick together

You’ll now be able to access the internet on both devices, but don’t forget not to stray too far away from each other. Of course, you won’t be able to get onto the 3G network on the iPad if the iPhone is also struggling to connect. Wait until there is a 3G indicator on the iPhone before getting too impatient.

 

Step 6: Parting of the ways

When you no longer want to share 3G, remember to go back into Settings, Personal Hotspot, and to switch the toggle to off. With two devices using the 3G, data will be being used up more quickly, and we’re sure you don’t want to get charged if you accidentally stay connected.

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