If you own an iPad, then you know it’s quite a handy tool. Many users often use their iPad as a substitute laptop when on long commutes, in order to get some reading done for work, or sign-off on important documents. iPads are also often used in cafes, libraries and other areas, when bringing your computer would be too difficult. However, it can be quite difficult to get work done on your iPad when you lose your Wi-Fi connection. Whether you’re on the road, or in an area with a private Wi-Fi network, you’ll find that your useful device becomes rather useless when there’s no Wi-Fi connection available.

While you can always purchase an LTE enabled iPad, this can be quite costly, for most people. These days it may cost at least an extra $130 to purchase such an iPad, which is quite expensive. Not to worry, though. Even if there’s no Wi-Fi connection nearby, believe it or not, you can still gain access to the internet. Yes, you can do this even if you don’t have an LTE enabled iPad.

The process is very easy to carry out and only requires adjusting a few settings. All you need in order to get started is a smartphone. Most people tend to take their phone everywhere with them, so this method is very simple to carry out. In order to get started and learn how to connect your iPad to the internet when there’s no Wi-Fi available, follow the instructions below.

Use Personal Hotspot to Connect iPad to the Internet Without Wi-Fi

By far the best method to use in order to connect your iPad to the internet when there’s no Wi-Fi available, is by using Personal Hotspot. Personal Hotspot is a feature on your smartphone, that will enable other devices to access your phones internet connection.

You pay monthly fees in order to use the internet on your phone, so it’s best to make the most of your money. By using the Personal Hotspot feature, your iPad will be able to use your phones internet connection and you’ll be able to carry out any task that you normally would, when connected to Wi-Fi. In order to get started and enable Personal Hotspot so your iPad can connect to the internet, follow the simple instructions below.

1. Tap on the Settings application on your smartphone. If you own an iPhone, the application will have a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Tap on the Personal Hotspot heading. It will likely be near the top of the screen.

Personal Hotspot

3. Press on the toggle button for Personal Hotspot in order to enable this option. The toggle button should turn green when enabled.

4. Turn on your iPad.

5. Tap on the Settings application on your iPad. It will have a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

6. Tap on the Wi-Fi heading.

7. Under Choose a Network, you should see your phone available as an option. Choose this option.

8. You will be prompted to enter the password. Using the Personal Hotspot screen on your phone (in step #3), note the password, and type it in on your iPad. Note: You can later change this password to something else, if you’d like to do so.

That’s all it takes. Your iPad is now connected to the internet, thanks to your smartphone. If you don’t have unlimited data available on your phone, then it’s best to be careful when using this option on your iPad. You wouldn’t want to exceed your limit, and then have to pay extra money. Please note that while Personal Hotspot is an extremely handy tool, it may eat away at your phones battery, especially if you’re in an area where the cell reception isn’t very strong.

Since your iPad is using your phones internet connection, the connection may be a bit slow, compared to when you directly use internet on your smartphone. Nonetheless, this feature comes in handy during circumstances when you absolutely need internet on your iPad.

The best part about this amazing feature is that it will work on other devices as well. You can use Personal Hotspot in order to connect your laptop to the internet as well. There’s no need to ever depend on finding a Wi-Fi connection. However, if there is a Wi-Fi connection available nearby, it’s best to use that instead, in order to conserve your smartphones battery. The Wi-Fi connection will likely be faster than Personal Hotspot, as well. If you own an Android phone, Personal Hotspot is available on your device as well. The interface to access this feature may vary a bit compared to the pictures above, which are of an iPhone.