How to Connect a Droid to an iPad

by Andrew Tennyson

You can connect your iPad to your Android device by activating the latter's Wi-Fi hot-spot capabilities. Setting up your Android device to function as a Wi-Fi hot-spot enables you to share its mobile data connection, through which your iPad can then access the Internet. It may also be useful to use your iPad as a hot-spot for your Android device -- for instance, if your computer has a wired Internet connection and Wi-Fi is weak in that area -- but this application is likely less common.

Android Device as Hot-Spot

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Tap the “Settings” icon on the Apps screen of your Android device.

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Tap “Wireless & Networks.”

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Tap “Tethering & Portable Hotspot.”

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Tap the “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot” check box to enable Wi-Fi tethering.

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Tap “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Settings.”

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Tap “Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot” to launch the Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot dialog.

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Tap the “Security” menu and set your network type to “WPA2 PSK” to password-protect your hot-spot. Enter a password in the Password field and tap “Save.” Your Android device is now set up to function as a wireless hot-spot for your iPad.

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Tap the “Settings” icon on your iPad’s Home screen.

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Tap “Wi-Fi” and tap the “Wi-Fi” switch to set its status to “On.”

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Tap the name of your Android device’s hot-spot under the Choose A Network heading.

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Enter your Android device’s WPA2 PSK password in the provided field and tap “Done.”

iPad as Hot-Spot

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Tap the “Settings” icon and tap “General” on your iPad.

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Tap “Network” and tap the “Cellular Data” switch to toggle it to “On,” if necessary.

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Tap “Personal Hotspot” and tap the “Personal Hotspot” switch to toggle it from “Off” to “On.”

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Write down or otherwise note the password displayed in the Wi-Fi Password box on your iPad’s screen.

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Tap the “Settings” icon on your Android device. Tap “Wireless & Networks” and tap “Wi-Fi.”

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Slide the “Wi-Fi” switch to “On.”

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Tap the name of your iPad’s Personal Hotspot connection on the list of available networks and enter your Personal Hotspot password when prompted.

About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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