Mission Impossible: Trying to tether my iPad to my iPhone.

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by El_Capitan, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. El_Capitan macrumors newbie


    Aug 16, 2015
    As the thread title says. I've been trying to tether my iPad to my iPhone and it never works. Tried restarting, tried many things and got maybe 5% success rate at best. Both devices are running latest iOS versions. Both are functioning properly otherwise, both are in close proximity to each other.

    Apple, fix your software. We don't need new functions, we need the existing ones to work!
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    What are you doing to accomplish that and what exactly doesn't work with that?
  3. SumYoungGai macrumors 6502a

    Jun 11, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    The only issue I have tethering my iPad to my iPhone is that the hotspot will turn off and not show up after a period of inactivity, but otherwise it works great. Do you have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on for both devices?
  4. E3BK macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2008
    What settings do you have enabled for both devices? There are a couple of ways to tether but if both devices are signed into iCloud, it should be very simple and I haven't had problems w/ it. I don't even have to turn on HotSpot on my iPhone. I just choose the iPhone on my iPad in the WiFi setting. It should just show up there and turns the HotSpot on on the iPhone automatically even if it's off. I have BT on on the iPhone but not iPad, just WiFi.
  5. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    To be honest, I find the Instant Hotspot feature more unreliable than old-style bluetooth tethering.
  6. Banglazed macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    Mines working great. On the iPhone, you’ll need to enable hotspot with Bluetooth and WiFi enabled. Then, just enable WiFi on iPad to connect to it. You’ll need at least a great cellular signal on the iPhone or else the iPad will experience a slow tether connection.

    Or if both are signed into the same iCloud account, you will see the iPhone hotspot if enabled and just connect to it without password.

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