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. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Jun 11 '12 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 '12 at 15:04

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. – Scottie Oct 5 '10 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 $20, and less versatile. Thanks! – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 6 '10 at 6:13
  • The only inconvenience of the MyWi 20$ 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). – Martin Marconcini Oct 6 '10 at 12:07

Official word here:


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    +1 for the official word, but note that there are inofficial ways. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 7 '10 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. – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 6 '10 at 6:10
  • @torbengb indeed, thanks (note to self: don’t reply late at night). ;) – Martin Marconcini Oct 6 '10 at 8:55
  • You fixed it, now it makes sense to me, too :-) – Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Oct 6 '10 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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