I have a Wi-Fi iPad. Every time I turn it on, I want it to automatically connect to my phone’s Internet.

Right now what I have to do is go into settings, then Wi-Fi, then select my phone. Is there a way to automatically have it connect?

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    Hmm. Try this: Name your hotspot “AAAAAA”. Connect to it and make sure “Auto-Join” is switched on in the details menu of the networked accessed by pressing the “i” next to the network name. Jun 25, 2018 at 18:40
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    @JBis how do I change my hotspot name? It’s automatically set to the name of my iPhone. And iPhone hotspots don’t get tied “i.” Or am I missing something? Jun 26, 2018 at 4:22
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    Your hotspot name is based on your iPhone name which can be changed in Settings>General>About>Name Jun 26, 2018 at 11:07
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    For all wondering, my idea behind this is that the iPhone priorities SSIDs based on Alphabetical order. This will put the hotspot at the top of the priority list. Jun 26, 2018 at 11:15
  • Connect manually. Then: System Preferences > Network > Select the WiFi hotspot name and check the Automatic Connect radio button.
    – dataflow
    Jul 13, 2019 at 20:15

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To get that feature, you need to "Set up Instant Hotspot" which is part of Apple's Continuity feature.


Use Instant Hotspot with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:

  • Make sure that your device meets the system requirements and is signed in to the same Apple ID and that you use on both devices. Lastly both Bluetooth and Wifi need to be on. Jun 25, 2018 at 19:04
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    Thanks, Melvin. That’s what I’m trying to avoid. Every time I get started, I have to go into WiFi settings and connect to my iPhone. I’m trying to have it automatically connect. Is there a way to do that? Jun 26, 2018 at 4:23
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    Melvin, Instant Hotspot is a way to rapidly connect 2 Apple products using the same iCloud account for Wi-Fi tethering but it always requires an action from the user (clicking the "Connect to xxx" in Wi-Fi settings). So as far as I know Instant Hotspot is not an automatic process as for instance it doesn’t reconnect automatically after a disconnection.
    – Louis Lac
    Jun 29, 2018 at 14:19
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    Actually it is automatic. All it requires is that both devices are near each other and have wifi and bluetooth turned on along with the correct software version. I use it with my iPad. Everytime my iPhone comes near it with wifi and bluetooth on it automatically connects. I turn off bluetooth on my iPad to use my home wifi. Jun 30, 2018 at 18:19
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    They all are on the latest version. Jul 29, 2019 at 6:33

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