How to Combine Wi-Fi and Tethered iPhone on a Mac

With Speedify, it’s easy to combine your Wi-Fi connection with the connection from your tethered iPhone on your Mac. This allows your Mac to use the cellular connection in your iPhone as an additional internet connection. 

In this article, we are going to walk you through how to do it.

Step 1: Connect your Mac to a Wi-Fi network using your computer's internal Wi-Fi card. This can be your home Wi-Fi network, a work network, or even a public network. 

In many cases, you may already be connected. If you are not, click on the Wi-Fi symbol in the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar. Then turn Wi-Fi on and select your preferred network. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting. 

Step 2: Turn on your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot. To do this, open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. Then toggle the switch on.

Step 3: Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Step 4: Connect (or “tether”) your iPhone to you Mac using a USB cable. When you do this, iTunes should immediately recognize your device. If an alert appears asking if you “Trust this Computer,” tap Trust.

If you prefer, you can also tether your iPhone to your Mac using Bluetooth. Learn how here. Keep in mind that Bluetooth is not typically the optimal method for tethering: it is limited to 1 Mbps (Bluetooth 4) or 2 Mbps (Bluetooth 5). If you have fast LTE speeds on your phone, you might get better results with the method described above.

Step 5: Now it’s time to get you connected! Open System Preferences on your Mac. Then click Network and select iPhone USB. If you don’t see it, click to add it. Since you are already connected to Wi-FI, your Personal Hotspot connection might not activate until you uncheck “Disable unless needed” under Status.

Step 6: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Wi-Fi and tethered phone connections. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.

And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.

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