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How to Tether an iPad to an iPhone

The release of the iPhone 5S, which is capable of connecting to 4G LTE networks, finally gives the smartphone enough bandwidth to compete with the speed of many home wireless networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. And best of all, Verizon’s iPhone 5 comes with a free hotspot feature, which allows you to tether your iPad to your iPhone 5 to use its Internet connection. Here’s how to connect an iPad to an iPhone via bluetooth tethering.
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Step 1
Tap “Settings” on the iPhone, then tap “General.”

Step 2
Tap “Cellular” and touch “Personal Hotspot.” On the iPhone 3G or an iPhone running iOS 4.0 to 4.2, Personal Hotspot is labeled as “Internet Tethering.”

Step 3
Tap the button next to Personal Hotspot to toggle it to the “On” position. Tap “Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth” if prompted. Do not exit the Personal Hotspot screen before you’ve paired the device to the iPad.

Step 4
Touch “Settings” on the iPad, then tap “General” and “Bluetooth.” Switch Bluetooth to “On.”

Step 5
Tap your iPhone’s name when it appears in the list of detected Bluetooth devices.

Step 6
Verify that the six-digit code displayed on the iPad is the same as the code shown on your iPhone. If the codes match, tap “Pair.” If the codes differ, a third-party device may be attempting to connect to you. If so, tap “Cancel” and try to connect again.

Step 7
Access the Internet on your iPad. When you’re done, return to the Personal Hotspot screen and toggle the option to “Off.”

And that’s it. Your iPad should now be connected to your iPhone and using its data plan for Internet access. Remember, most data plans have a maximum allowance with overage charges if you use too much data, so it is a good idea to refrain from tethering your iPad to your iPhone when you have access to an alternative such as your home’s wireless network or a hotel’s free Wi-Fi access. Also, avoid streaming movies from services like Netflix or Hulu Plus unless you know you have a large data allowance. (An average HD movie can take over 1 GB to stream, so on the minimal 2 GB data plan that most carrier’s offer, just two movies can create expensive overage charges.)