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caarsen Level 1 (0 points)

Is it possible to tether the iPad to the iPhone and use the data plan off the iPhone? And if so, would you need the 3G iPad or could you use the iPad with WiFi?

  • Coolmax Level 2 (195 points)

    You can tether the iPad to an iPhone providing that you are running OS 4.3.2 on both devices, with the exception of iPhone 3G and must be

    an iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4.  Only iPhone 4 provides WIFI hotspot, whereas the other 2 only via Bluetooth.  Your iPad can be either a 3G or WIFI model, but if this is what you want it done, then getting the WIFI model would be the best choice.


    You must also have a tethering plan with your carrier.  No tethering plan, no hotspot.

  • johnfromhindhead Level 1 (0 points) says you can't iPad and iPhone through Bluetooth.  Very disappointing. 

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    johnfromhindhead wrote:

  says you can't iPad and iPhone through Bluetooth.

    Okay. That doesn't say anything about tethering.


    You can use Bluetooth to connect the iPad to an iPhone personal hotspot..


    -> iOS: Understanding Personal Hotspot

    -> iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Using peer-to-peer connectivity

    -> iOS: Supported Bluetooth profiles

    -> iPhone: Troubleshooting Personal Hotspot

  • cburke5 Level 1 (20 points)

    Maybe someone can explain this to me.. As I doesn't make much sense to me..


    I've got an iPhone 4 running 4.3.1 (jb) and I've got an iPad 2 on 4.3.3 (jb) when I turn on my personal hotspot on my iPhone, the network shows up on my iPad.. Sometimes it connects, sometimes it won't... Then today I was reading that iPhone to iPad tethering wasnt actually originally supported (which seems REALLY dumb to me) but that in 4.3.2 it became supported.


    So why is it that sometimes I can connect normally from iPad to iPhone.. And other times it doesn't work...  Then today it wouldn't connect unless I had the 2 devices connected via Bluetooth, and then enabled personal hotspot...


    Does any of this make sense?


    Please don't come back with "it's because you're jailbroken" because I've been jail breaking for years and there's no issues with it

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,111 points)

    If they are jailbroken then you will need to ask who you got the jailbreak from.

  • tori77 Level 1 (20 points)

    Hi there to tether you must have hotspot on at all times and have an iPhone on unlimited Internet usage I rung my provider and they said this is fine to do this,I have a wi-fi only iPad 2 on 4.3.5 and iPhone 4 4.3.5 and find no problems when out and about using my phones data to use my iPad.just thought I would add to this post.

  • caarsen Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info. Question  - why do you need an unlimited internet usage?

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Because it is not limited.

  • caarsen Level 1 (0 points)

    Cute! Why I asked was - Tori stated that to tether you must have the hotspot on and have an iPhone on unlimited internet usage - I was asking for clarification if the unlimited internet usage on the iPhone was a requirement for tethering or if I could tether if I had a limited data plan.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)


    An unlimited plan is not required.

    You do need to pay for tethering though.

  • tori77 Level 1 (20 points)

    No I don't pay for tethering I confirmed this with my provider, my bills are the same every month and I tether all the time so no cost here for me.

  • tori77 Level 1 (20 points)

    As long as you have a data plan you should be able to tether anytime at no extra cost,but you should confirm this with your provider just to be sure.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    tori77 wrote:


    No I don't pay for tethering I confirmed this with my provider, my bills are the same every month and I tether all the time so no cost here for me.


    In the US with AT&T and Verizon, if tethering is enabled by the cell company, it's like $20 a month.

    The bill will be the same very month.

  • wfromottawa Level 1 (0 points)

    Just bought an iPad 2. Apple store reps insisted that there was no way to tether it via Bluetooth to my first generation iPhone 3G. Of course you can!


    Went to Future Shop and BestBuy and both let me try it and it easily "paired" and used my iPhone connection and data plan (and yes I made sure the wifi on the iPad was off). And "no" my iPhone has not been jail broken or modified in any way.


    I am on Rogers and have the $30 for 6 GB data plan so there is no charge for tethering and no additional monthly fees as long as I don't exceed the 6 GB.


    Really can't understand why Apple does not want people to know this.  If I could not tether and share the data plan, I was not going to buy the iPad, so they got a sale in the end but no thanks to the sales people (including staff at the Genius bar) in the Apple store.

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