iPad connect to iPhone hotspot

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Wirenut, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Wirenut macrumors regular

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    When I look in the WiFi menu on the toolbar of my MAC computer, it shows my iPhone (with the cell reception and battery charger) listed there in a separate menu labeled "Person Hotspots". But my iPhone's personal hotspot is completely off. If I click on it in the Mac's menu, it will turn on my iPhone's hotspot- which is a nice option.

    So I have 2 questions:

    1) Why does my Mac show my iPhone but not my iPad which is setup exactly the same and has a cellular connection as well?

    and my main question:

    2) Is there any way to get this functionality of turning on an iPhone's hotspot thru a WiFi only iPad?

    I ask because my next iPad might be WiFi only and it would be nice to only have to click on something on the iPad to turn on the iPhone's hotspot, like I could do now with the Mac.
     
  2. Fatyank macrumors regular

    Fatyank

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    I have a 2nd gen iPad Pro 12.9 (WiFi only) and a iPhone 7 Plus (Verizon). In order for me to use my “Hotspot” on my phone i manually select “Personal Hotspot” on my phone then go to settings>WiFi (on iPad) and choose it. In settings>personal hotspot (on phone) there is a note that tells you “Other devices signed into your iCloud account will be able to use personal hotspot without having to turn it on manually”. This tells me you can leave it on and your iPad will pick it up for use. Of course your WiFi may find other signals nearby so you’d have to select your hotspot.
    Don’t know if that was what you were looking for!
    Can’t help with first question as i have no desktop/laptop, just my iPad and phone
     
  3. Wirenut, Mar 28, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018

    Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found the answer to both of my questions: I had Bluetooth off on my iPad. As soon as I turned it on, the iPad showed on my Mac computer and I was able to see my iPhone listed on the WiFi menu of my iPad so that I could click on it to turn on the hotspot.

    Fatyank, I suggest you do that, it will save you the step of manually turning on your iPhone's hotspot first.
     
  4. Fatyank macrumors regular

    Fatyank

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    Okay. I just tried it and it worked. Hotspot on phone was turned off, Bluetooth on iPad was on (always is as I use the pencil for everything). Went to WiFi on iPad and phone showed as option. Tapped on phone and Hotspot turned on. Tapped on my home WiFi and it switched back to it. Will the hotspot remain on or turn off after a certain amount of time? I have unlimited data but would rather it turn off when I don’t use it. Of course i can manually turn it off.
     
  5. Wirenut thread starter macrumors regular

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    I believe you have to manually turn it off. But that is the same either way. At least you don't have to manually turn it on.
     

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