Although there are many free Wi-Fi hotspots available -- such as at college campuses, bookstores and libraries -- there is always a chance that you may find yourself in a location without Wi-Fi Internet access. If you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network and your iPad is not cellular-enabled, you can still connect to the Internet by enabling your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot utility. This utility acts as a modem by sharing your iPhone’s cellular connection with your iPad. After you enable it, you can connect your iPad to the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot like any other Wi-Fi network.

Activate the iPhone Personal Hotspot Utility

Step 1

Select the "Settings" app on the iPhone's Home screen to open the Settings screen.

Step 2

Select "General" to open the General screen and then tap "Cellular" to open the Cellular screen.

Step 3

Tap "Personal Hotspot" to open the Personal Hotspot screen.

Step 4

Slide the switch next to "Personal Hotspot" to the "ON" position. If prompted, tap the "Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth" button to activate the device's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters.

Step 5

Tap the "Wi-Fi Password" button, clear the default password and enter a new password for the Personal Hotspot in the Password field. The password must have a minimum of eight characters.

Step 6

Tap the "Done" button to save the password.

Connect the iPad to Your iPhone's Personal Hotspot

Step 1

Tap your iPad's "Settings" icon to open the Settings menu.

Step 2

Select "Wi-Fi" to open the Wi-Fi screen and then slide the "Wi-Fi" switch to "ON." Wait for your iPad to detect and display your iPhone's name as an available network.

Step 3

Tap on your iPhone's name and enter the Personal Hotspot's password in the Password field.

Step 4

Tap the "Join" button to connect to the iPhone's Internet connection.