When I got my iPad (fourth-generation) a couple of years ago, it had Wi-Fi and 3G so I could be connected to the Internet wherever I was. I have the AT&T version so I was spending $14.99 a month for the pleasure of having 3G access if I wasn’t near Wi-Fi. For me, it was worth it because I knew if I needed immediate access, I could get it without having to go through the process of signing up with my credit card if I needed it quickly.
Upgrading from iPhone 4S to iPhone 6 gave me the capability of using my new phone as a Personal Hotspot. That means that I can share my iPhone’s cellular data connection with other devices over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB. Initially, I didn’t think too much of it but now I realize that it’s a huge time and money saver! My iPhone 6 connection is faster and more reliable than my iPad 3G connection and, with today’s relatively large data plans, I can easily use my iPhone as a hotspot without worrying about eating up my data plan.
So here’s what I’ve done: I’ve discontinued the data plan on my iPad and now, when I need access to the Internet and I’m not near Wi-Fi, I use my phone as a Personal Hotspot — easy peasy! It saves me $180 a year and, since I always have my iPhone with me, I know I can be connected quickly.
Here’s how to share your iDevice as a Hotspot – it works with iPhone, iPad or iPad mini. On the device
that’s providing the shared connection, go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and turn it on. Tap Wi-Fi Password and set one. To connect to the Hotspot on the device you want to use, go to Wi-Fi settings (turn on Wi-Fi if it’s not already on) and select the Hotspot device name. Enter the password when prompted and you’ll be connected. While devices are connected to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar at the top of your screen will be blue and will indicate the number of connected users.(Note: if you don’t see the option for Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad, confirm with your carrier that this feature is supported and your wireless plan is configured for Personal Hotspot).
I’ve used my iPhone Hotspot with my iPad and also with my MacBook Pro. Recently, my wife, Debbie, and I went away for a weekend and the hotel’s Wi-Fi was awful. Debbie connected her iPad to my iPhone Hotspot and streamed a TV show; it worked fine.
You can share your Hotspot via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB; The maximum number of supported connections may vary depending on your carrier or iPhone model. And keep your Personal Hotspot off when you’re not actively sharing it; that way, it’s not being broadcast as a connection to those around you.