Given an iPad that doesn't have 3G but only wifi, can I make this use the 3G connection of an iPhone 4?

Does this require a cable between the devices, or does it work over (bluetooth|wifi?) ?

  • With iOS 5 you can. Both via Bluetooth or using the iPhone as a Wifi-hotspot. Jun 11, 2012 at 2:40
  • Yes.. with iOS5 you now can (and depending on the carrier, pay extra). But this question was asked 2 years ago before iOS 5 was out.
    – Rex
    Jun 13, 2012 at 15:04

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I don't believe you can do this with the stock phone, however if you decide to jailbreakyour iPhone, you could use an application like MyWi to share your iPhone's 3G connection over WiFi

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    I've left my iPhone at iOS 4.0.1 entirely to keep it jailbroken so I can use MyWi with my wifi iPad. No other reason.
    – Scott
    Oct 5, 2010 at 15:06
  • Sounds like a great solution, but wow they're not ashamed of the price. Still worth considering, since 3G for iPad is more than $20, and less versatile. Thanks! Oct 6, 2010 at 6:13
  • The only inconvenience of the MyWi 20$ solution is that you have to jailbreak your device to install it, thus limiting your natural ability to upgrade them until the “jailbreakers” come up with an updated solution, and you have the risk that a wrong update may break the jailbreak (sometimes forever). Oct 6, 2010 at 12:07

Official word here:


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    +1 for the official word, but note that there are inofficial ways. Oct 7, 2010 at 6:07

You can’t do this without Jailbraking your device (as correctly pointed by Rex).

The iOS 4.x doesn’t (not even the latest developer 4.2) have a mechanism to tether with another iPhone/Pad. They can share their connection (via Bluetooth for example) but I haven’t seen a way to tell an iPhone -> pair with that other iPhone and use that internet connection. That is something a Macintosh computer can do, but I don’t believe you can do that with your iPad/Phone.

  • Is there a word missing in your sentence "The iOS 4.x (not even..."? It sounds halfway self-contradictory to me. Oct 6, 2010 at 6:10
  • @torbengb indeed, thanks (note to self: don’t reply late at night). ;) Oct 6, 2010 at 8:55
  • You fixed it, now it makes sense to me, too :-) Oct 6, 2010 at 9:38

Yes, you can. I regularly tether my iPad 2 to my iPhone 4 via bluetooth. However you'll need an unlocked iPhone.

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