When it comes to sharing an internet connection with a device that may not have access to the network your on, using your Mac as a Wi-Fi hotspot can really help you out. Much like tethering with your iPhone, Internet Sharing on macOS will allow you to share your Wi-Fi connection with devices around you, using your Mac as a proxy router. It's likely not going to be as fast as directly connecting to a Wi-Fi router, but it will help you get access to a network when you're in a tight spot!
How to share your Mac's internet connection
Before beginning, be aware that Internet Sharing works for any computer running OS X Lion (10.6) or later.
- Click on the Apple icon in the top menu bar and select System Preferences.
- Now click on Sharing.
- Click on Internet Sharing and then tick the option box next to Wi-Fi.
- Now turn on Internet Sharing by clicking the tick mark next to Internet Sharing in the sidebar.
- Click Start on the menu that pops up in order to turn Internet Sharing on.
Updated January 2019: This article has been updated for the most recent version of macOS.
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