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Can I connect to the internet on my iPad without WiFi?

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Last updated: 28 February 2022

Sitting somewhere between a mobile phone and a laptop, the iPad is a great way to stay connected whilst you’re on the move, as long as you have a stable internet connection. While some newer versions of the iPad allow you to connect to 4G or 5G with a mobile data plan, older versions rely on a WiFi connection. 

Fortunately, we’ve put together three quick ways you can keep your iPad connected if WiFi isn’t an option:

Mobile data

Some iPads, specifically newer models, come with inbuilt 4G/5G capabilities. If you're lucky enough to have one of these, then you can connect whenever your device has mobile internet, assuming you have data left on your plan.


Another option is to hotspot using your mobile phone. All you need to do is go into your phone settings, select mobile data and then set up a hotspot. Doing this turns your phone into a de-facto WiFi hub using its mobile data. Then you just need to connect your iPad to your new, temporary router.

It’s important to note that this will eat into your data allowance, so unless you have an unlimited data plan or gigabytes to spare, it might not be a long term solution.


If you need to be connected without WiFi for extended periods of time, dongles can be a good option. These devices plug into your iPad’s USB port and provide it with a broadband connection via the cellular network. They must be purchased as part of a plan, however, much like a mobile contract.


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Michael Quinn

Author: Michael Quinn

Michael is a dedicated author helping usave to write guides, blogs and news for the last four years. When not writing articles, you can usually find him at wine tasting events or having a political debate on the night tube.

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