How to Use Mac’s Wi-Fi Connection on iPhone or iPad

How to Use Mac's WiFi on iPhone or iPad

When you are on vacation and you check-in to a hotel, only to find out that the internet isn’t free. You need to pay for every device you connect to the internet. At this point, if you have a Mac, you can share Wifi internet connection with iPhone and iPad easily to avoid unnecessary charges.

In simple terms, you can kind of turn your Mac into a Wi-Fi router using the Bluetooth and connect multiple devices, including your iPhone and iPad to the internet. Let’s check out how to do it with the tutorial given below.

How to Share Mac Wifi Internet Connection with iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac, and on your iPhone and iPad

  • On Mac, click on the Bluetooth icon on the status bar at the top-right and then click “Turn Bluetooth On.”
  • On iPhone or iPad, go to Settings → Bluetooth and turn ON the Bluetooth switch

Step #2. Now you need to pair your iPhone/iPad with your Mac. Open Settings → Bluetooth on your iOS device, and tap on your Mac listed under OTHER DEVICES.

Tap on Bluetooth Then MacBook Pro on iPhone or iPad

Click Pair/Connect on your Mac when prompted.

Pair Mac with iPhone or iPad

If you pair from Mac, you may be prompted with a six-digit code that will also be displayed on the iPhone/iPad screen, tap “Pair” on your iOS device.

Step #3. Now that your iPhone/iPad are paired with your Mac, it is time to share the internet connection. Click on the Apple Logo on the top-left of the Mac’s status bar and then click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #4. In System Preferences, click on Sharing.

Click on Sharing in Mac System Preferences

Step #5. In the Sharing window on the left panel, click “Internet Sharing” DO NOT CHECK THE BOX YET. Then on the right side, select Wi-Fi from the drop down menu and then, check the box near “Bluetooth PAN.”

Select Wi-Fi from Dropdown List on Mac
Click on Bluetooth PAN in Mac System Preferences

Step #6. Now check the box beside the Internet Sharing on the left menu. You’ll see a prompt message with a message, click on Start to share internet connection.

Use Mac's Wifi on iPhone or iPad

That’s all folks! You can now seamlessly enjoy internet on your iPhone and iPad using your Mac’s Bluetooth.

Wrapping up

This worked perfectly on my iPhone and iPad simultaneously sharing the internet connection from my Mac. The only condition is to keep your Mac awake, and connected to the internet. If you are having any trouble sharing your Mac’s internet, make sure you comment below the issue, and we will try to resolve it.

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The founder of iGeeksBlog, Dhvanesh, is an Apple aficionado, who cannot stand even a slight innuendo about Apple products. He dons the cap of editor-in-chief to make sure that articles match the quality standard before they are published.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for your help, Dhvanesh! I got a new iphone and it wasn’t automatically connecting to the wifi here in the coffee shop. I looked up how to troubleshoot it and your article came up high on page 1 rankings. Went through the steps and I recommend people follow them to the end because my iphone didn’t auto-pair to my MacBook after steps 1 and 2. But after I completed all steps it worked! Thanks again.

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