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How to tether iPhone to Mac or PC

Tethering allows you to share the internet connection on your iPhone with another compatible device. While the Personal Hotspot from your iPhone makes the job easier, tethering comes in handy if the Wi-Fi on the Mac or PC isn’t working. Keep reading to learn how you can tether your iPhone to a Mac or PC using a USB-C Lightning cable.

Benefits of tethering iPhone to Mac and PC  

  • It enables you to connect both devices with ease. 
  • Transfer your photos, music, apps, and other items. 
  • Use your iPhone’s Internet connection directly on your computer.  

Note: Before starting the tethering process, ensure that your devices are updated with the latest software and patches.  

How to share internet from iPhone to Mac via USB cable 

  1. Connect iPhone to Mac using a Lightning cable. 
  2. On your iPhone, tap Trust when prompted on the Trust This Computer pop-up.  
  3. If your device is passcode protected, then enter the passcode of your device.   

    Tap Trust when prompted, enter the passcode of your device
  4. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone → Select Personal Hotspot.   
  5. Toggle on Allow Others to Join.  

    Launch the Settings app, select personal hotspot and toggle on Allow Others to Join
  6. On your Mac, click the Apple logo () → select System Settings.
    On macOS Monterey or earlier, you’ll see System Preferences.

    share internet from iPhone to Mac
  7. Navigate to Network → Select your iPhone.  
  8. If there is a yellow dot under your device, turn off your Wi-Fi.  
  9. The status of the device should display Connected with a green dot

    Navigate to Network, select your iPhone

How to tether iPhone to PC via USB

To tether your iPhone to a Windows PC, you need to have a USB-C to Lightning cable and an active internet connection. After that, just follow the steps below:

  1. Use the USB cable to connect your iPhone to a PC. 
  2. On your iPhone, open Settings app → Personal Hotspot
  3. Toggle on Personal Hotspot

    Launch the Settings app, select personal hotspot and toggle on Allow Others to Join
  4. On your PC, open the Control Panel → select Network and Internet

    Click the Network and Sharing Center
  5. Navigate to the Change adapters options menu → select your iPhone from the list. 

    Change adapters options

You should then be connected to your iPhone’s internet connection, allowing you to surf the web, access data, and sync files between your PC and your iPhone.  

Is USB tethering harmful to iPhones?

Apart from degrading the battery of your iPhone at a slightly faster rate, your device is not prone to any kind of damage altogether.  

How do I troubleshoot a connection issue between my iPhone and Mac? 

If you face any issues while tethering your iPhone to your Mac, try restarting your device or refreshing your internet connection. If the problem still persists, manually change your iPhone’s privacy and security settings. Once you come through these solutions, you should be good to go.  

Easy, isn’t it? 

The technique of tethering your iPhone to your Mac is easy and uncomplicated. You can utilize your iPhone’s cellular plan to connect your Mac to the internet even when you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, whether you opt to tether using USB or Personal Hotspot.

There are two different ways to tether your iPhone to your Mac, but the one that works best for you may vary. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this guide, please don’t hesitate to leave them below. 

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  • Jignesh

    Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting content on social media.

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