Friday, Sep 11, 2020, 10:54 iOS: Software

WiFi-Tip: How to turn your iPhone into a hotspot for your Mac, or vice versa

Those with an iPhone or iPad with “WiFi + Cellular" have access to the internet almost anywhere, apart from in dead-zones, as long as they also have a cellular contract with sufficient data. For MacBook it’s a different case, as Apple’s notebooks aren’t equipped with the SIM card slot necessary for mobile internet connection. Mac users in need of a mobile internet connection can use either a Surfstick or connect to a public WiFi-Hotspot—which can be set up using an iPhone or iPad with cellular data. In situations where an iPhone or iPad might have trouble connecting to the internet as well as a computer, or in areas with poor WiFi and cellular connection, like a basement office with thick walls—a MacBook, iMac or Mac mini with connection to WiFi can be used as a hotspot for iPhone or iPad.



Setting up an iPhone or iPad as a hotspot
Setting up a hotspot on an iPhone or iPad is astonishingly simple and can be done in just a few taps. To do so, simply open the “Settings” app from the home screen and tap on “Personal Hotspot”. This will open a page with a button to turn the hotspot on. As of now, all devices which are logged into the same iCloud-Account can connect to the hotspot without entering the hotspot’s password. Non-Apple devices or Apple devices with a separate iCloud-Account can connect to the smartphone hotspot via WiFi or Bluetooth after entering the prompted password for the iPhone SSID, displayed in the hotspot settings of the broadcasting device. Additionally, any computer connected to the broadcasting iPhone via USB will also be able to connect to the hotspot.

Sharing a Mac’s WiFi
Any Mac connected to the internet can also share its connection, regardless of whether it’s connected via ethernet or simply to a home WiFi network. This is quite useful when staying in hotels, where there's sometimes a cap on how many devices you can connect to a network. Apple has admittedly made setting up a hotspot on Mac a bit less self-explanatory, but for good reason—there are a quite a few more options available for hotspots on Mac than on iPhone. To set up a hotspot on Mac, go to System Preferences and then click on “Sharing”. Here you'll be presented with a list of options, select “Internet Sharing”. Once you’ve clicked on Internet Sharing you’ll be able to choose the internet connection you’d like to share to other devices, for example, an ethernet or WiFi connection. After this, you can determine how your iPhone or other devices are to connect to the Mac’s network by the panel “To computers using”. In most cases, WiFi is appropriate selection here. Below the panel you can click on “Wi-Fi Options” and a small window will pop up with configuration options for your hotspot. Here you can set the name, password, and channel of your WiFi hotspot. You can confirm any changes made to these settings by clicking on “Ok”. This will return you to the previous window. Now all you have to do is activate “Internet Sharing” by clicking on the button of the same name in the left column and now iPhone & Co. can connect to the internet using your Mac!

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