iPad User Guide
- Supported models
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad (9th generation)
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- What’s new in iPadOS 15
- Turn on and set up
- Wake and unlock
- Set up cellular service
- Connect to the internet
- Find settings
- Set up mail, contacts, and calendar accounts
- Learn the meaning of the status icons
- Download or bookmark the user guide
- Adjust the volume
- Drag and drop
- Access features from the Lock Screen
- Perform quick actions
- Search with iPad
- Use AirDrop to send items
- Take a screenshot or screen recording
- Get information about your iPad
- View or change cellular data settings
- Travel with iPad
- Change or turn off sounds
- Change the wallpaper
- Adjust the screen brightness and color balance
- Magnify the screen
- Change the name of your iPad
- Change the date and time
- Change the language and region
- Use and customize Control Center
- Change or lock the screen orientation
- Set up FaceTime
- Create a FaceTime link
- Make and receive calls
- Take a Live Photo
- Use other apps during a call
- Make a Group FaceTime call
- View participants in a grid
- Use SharePlay to watch and listen together
- Share your screen
- Change the video settings
- Change the audio settings
- Add camera effects
- Leave a call or switch to Messages
- Block unwanted callers
- Adjust map settings
- View maps
- Set up Messages
- Send and receive messages
- Send a message to a group or business
- Send and receive photos, videos, and audio
- Receive and share content
- Animate messages
- Use iMessage apps
- Use Memoji
- Send a Digital Touch effect
- Send and receive money with Apple Pay
- Change notifications
- Block, filter, and report messages
- Delete messages
- Get music
- View albums, playlists, and more
- Play music
- Queue up your music
- Listen to broadcast radio
- Change the way music sounds
- View photos and videos
- Play videos and slideshows
- Delete and hide photos and videos
- Edit photos and videos
- Trim video length and adjust slow motion
- Edit Live Photos
- Edit Cinematic videos
- Edit Portrait mode photos
- Make photo albums
- Edit and organize albums
- Filter and sort photos in an album
- Search in Photos
- Share photos and videos
- View photos and videos shared with you
- Interact with photos using Live Text and Visual Look Up
- View Memories
- Personalize Memories
- Find people in Photos
- Browse photos by location
- Use iCloud Photos
- Share photos with iCloud Shared Albums
- Import photos and videos
- Print photos
- Accessories included with iPad
- Use headphone audio-level features
- HomePod and other wireless speakers
- External storage devices
- Bluetooth accessories
- Apple Watch with Fitness+
- Cases and covers
- Share your internet connection
- Make and receive phone calls
- Use iPad as a second display for Mac
- Wirelessly stream video, photos, and audio to Mac
- Hand off tasks between devices
- Cut, copy, and paste between iPad and other devices
- Connect iPad and your computer with a cable
- Sync iPad with your computer
- Transfer files between iPad and your computer
- Get started with accessibility features
- Turn on and practice VoiceOver
- Change your VoiceOver settings
- Learn VoiceOver gestures
- Operate iPad using VoiceOver gestures
- Control VoiceOver using the rotor
- Use the onscreen keyboard
- Write with your finger
- Use VoiceOver with an Apple external keyboard
- Use a braille display
- Type onscreen braille
- Customize gestures and keyboard shortcuts
- Use VoiceOver with a pointer device
- Use VoiceOver for images and videos
- Use VoiceOver in apps
- Display & Text Size
- Spoken Content
- Audio Descriptions
- Use built-in security and privacy protections
- Keep your Apple ID secure
- Sign in with Apple
- Automatically fill in strong passwords
- Change a weak password
- Share passwords securely with AirDrop
- Make your passwords available on all your devices
- Create and manage Hide My Email addresses
- Automatically fill in verification codes
- Manage two-factor authentication for your Apple ID
Share your internet connection from iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
If you have an active cellular data plan, you can use Personal Hotspot to share a cellular internet connection from your iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) to other devices. Personal Hotspot is useful when the other devices don’t have internet access from a Wi-Fi network. Instant Hotspot allows you to connect your devices to Personal Hotspot without entering a password.
If a nearby iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is sharing its Personal Hotspot, you can use its cellular internet connection on your iPad. See Join a Personal Hotspot.
Note: Personal Hotspot is not available with all carriers. Additional fees may apply. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot at one time depends on your carrier and iPad model. Contact your carrier for more information.
Set up Personal Hotspot on iPad
Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot, then turn on Allow Others to Join.
Note: If you don’t see the option for Personal Hotspot, but you have an active cellular data plan and Cellular Data is turned on in Settings > Cellular, contact your carrier about adding Personal Hotspot to your plan.
You can change the following settings:
Change the Wi-Fi password for your Personal Hotspot: Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot > Wi-Fi Password.
Change the name of your Personal Hotspot: Go to Settings > General > About > Name.
Turn off Personal Hotspot and disconnect devices: Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot, then turn off Allow Others to Join.
Connect a Mac or PC to your Personal Hotspot
You can use a USB cable, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth to connect a Mac or PC to your Personal Hotspot. Do one of the following:
Use USB: Connect iPad and your computer with a cable. If you see an alert that says Trust this Computer?, tap Trust. In your computer’s Network preferences, choose iPad, then configure the network settings.
Use Wi-Fi and Instant Hotspot: On your Mac, use the Wi-Fi status menu in the menu bar to choose your iPad from the list of available networks.
You need to be signed in with the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPad, and have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on.
The Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar changes to the Personal Hotspot icon as long as your Mac remains connected to your Personal Hotspot.
Use Bluetooth: To make sure your iPad is discoverable, go to Settings > Bluetooth and leave the screen showing. Then on your Mac or PC, follow the manufacturer directions to set up a Bluetooth network connection.
Connect iPhone, iPod touch, or another iPad to your Personal Hotspot
On the other device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi, then choose your iPad from the list of available networks.
If asked for a password on the other device, enter the password shown in Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot on your iPad.
If your iPad and the other device are set up as follows, then Instant Hotspot connects the devices without requiring a password:
You’re signed in with the same Apple ID on each device.
Each device has Bluetooth turned on.
Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.
When a device is connected, a blue band appears at the top of your iPad screen. The Personal Hotspot icon appears in the status bar of the connected device.
With Family Sharing, you can share your Personal Hotspot with any member of your family automatically or after they ask for approval. See Set up Family Sharing on iPad.
When you share a Personal Hotspot from your iPad, it uses cellular data for the internet connection. To monitor your cellular data network usage, go to Settings > Cellular > Usage. See View or change your cellular data account.
If you need more help using Personal Hotspot, see the Apple Support article If Personal Hotspot is not working.