How to connect your Mac to the internet with iPhone: Step by step guide

If we are working with our Mac on the go, but we are in a place where there is no Wi-Fi and we want to connect to the network, our iPhone can save us from the situation. That is why in this post we teach you how to turn your iPhone into a Wi-Fi router and connect to the internet wherever we go.

If you have an iPhone you have a Wi-Fi router

The first thing we need to be able to use our iPhone as if it were a Wi-Fi router to connect to the Internet with our Mac is a battery in the phone. Sharing connection with other devices consumes a lot of battery resources. That is why, if we do not want our connection to be interrupted due to lack of battery, we recommend that you take your iPhone to the maximum possible charge.

It is also very important that you are in an area where you have coverage from your network operator. In fact, it is essential, since to share the Internet connection, the iPhone will use our data plan and SIM card coverage, to be able to send the signal directly to our Mac. In addition, you need to have mobile data activated and the option Personal access point. It is not possible to share the internet from your iPhone to the Mac if we have Airplane Mode turned on, since although the iPhone does support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, it does not support mobile data networks.

There are three ways to do the same

Yes, it is possible to connect our Mac to the internet with our iPhone in three different ways. The first one is through a wireless connection via Wi-Fi. To do this, we must activate mobile data on our iPhone. Now we are going to Settings > Personal hotspot. Here several options will appear. The first one, activate the connection point. If this is the first time that we activate this function, the iPhone will create a Wi-Fi password by default, which we can then change whenever we want.

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When we have created the password, we will have to go to our Mac and open the list of Wi-Fi connections. The name of the network is usually “iPhone from (our name)”. But we will know that it is our own network, since the place to see a Wi-Fi icon we will see a symbol in the form of a chain. So, we click on this network and the Mac will already have connected to our iPhone to access the internet.

Other alternative methods

Connecting by cable is more secure. Because?. In this case there is a compelling reason: if we connect our iPhone to the Mac, the computer will charge the phone’s battery. In addition to that we will prevent someone from connecting to our Wi-Fi network, without us wanting it. For it, all you have to do is connect your iPhone to the Mac with the Lightning to USB C cableeither directly to the port of your MacBook, or through the USB C port of the Hub that we have connected to our MacBook.

There is also a third method by which to connect our iPhone to the Mac to access the Internet, and that is by creating a Bluetooth connection. If we link our iPhone and our Mac via Bluetooth, with the personal access point activated, then we can connect to the internet. However, either of the above two ways are faster and require fewer steps. For this, we will have to go to System Settings> Bluetooth, on our Mac and look for our iPhone. We will be asked to enter a link code and then the iPhone will give a network signal to our MacBook.