How to Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

To turn your Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot and share your internet connection with other devices, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu () in the top-left corner of your Mac’s screen and select “System Preferences.”
  2. In the System Preferences window, click on “Sharing.”
  3. In the Sharing settings, select the “Internet Sharing” option from the list on the left.
  4. On the right side, you will see a “Share your connection from” dropdown menu. Select the internet connection you want to share. This can be Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or another available option depending on your Mac’s configuration.
  5. Below the “Share your connection from” option, check the box next to “Wi-Fi” in the “To computers using” section.
  6. Click on the “Wi-Fi Options” button next to the “To computers using” checkbox.
  7. In the Wi-Fi Options window, enter a network name (SSID) for your hotspot. This is the name that will appear when other devices search for Wi-Fi networks.
  8. Choose a security type and set a password for your hotspot. It’s recommended to use WPA2 Personal as the security type for better encryption. Enter a strong password to secure your hotspot.
  9. Click on the “OK” button to close the Wi-Fi Options window.
  10. Back in the Sharing settings, check the box next to “Internet Sharing” on the left side of the window.
  11. A confirmation prompt will appear, notifying you that enabling Internet Sharing will turn off other sharing services. Click on the “Start” button to enable the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  12. The Internet Sharing status will be displayed in the Sharing settings, along with a green indicator. Your Mac is now acting as a Wi-Fi hotspot, and other devices can connect to it using the network name (SSID) and password you set.

Once the hotspot is enabled, you can connect your other devices such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops to the Wi-Fi network created by your Mac.

Note that sharing your internet connection via a hotspot can consume data and affect your internet speed. Additionally, it’s important to be aware of any data usage limits or restrictions imposed by your internet service provider.