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

Step 1

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

Step 2

Tap “Wireless & Networks.”

Step 3

Tap “Tethering & Portable Hotspot.”

Step 4

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

Step 5

Tap “Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot Settings.”

Step 6

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

Step 7

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.

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

Step 10

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

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

iPad as Hot-Spot

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Slide the “Wi-Fi” switch to “On.”

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