How to Combine WiFi and Tethered iPhone at the Same Time on Your Mac

Alex GizisCombining Internet Connections, How To

Faster Internet: Use a Tethered iPhone Together with Your Mac’s Wi-Fi Connection Simultaneously with Speedify

Isn’t it just awful when your Wi-Fi Internet connection is slow and unreliable? If you’ve got an iPhone nearby, you can get rid of all the head aches: just tether it to your Mac and use both connections at the same time.

You will need a channel bonding (or link aggregation) app like Speedify to get you faster, more stable and secure Internet.

Speedify can bond any number or combination of Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic among them for optimal performance. Plus, if you get disconnected from one of your connections in the middle of an important video call or file transfer, Speedify will seamlessly failover to your other working Internet connection(s) without skipping a beat.

NOTE: For best results, use Internet connections from different sources. In general, joining the same upstream network multiple times (such as the same router via Ethernet and Wi-Fi) will not improve performance.

4 Steps to Use Wi-Fi and a Tethered iPhone at the Same Time on Your Mac

Step 1: Connect to Wi-Fi

Click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar. (If Wi-Fi is off, choose "Turn Wi-Fi on.") Select a nearby Wi-Fi network from the list. Keep in mind, private networks may require you to enter a password before connecting.

Need help with this step? Visit Apple’s knowledge base to learn more.

Step 2: Enable Personal Hotspot on your iPhone

A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad with other devices via Wi-Fi, USB, or Bluetooth.

Go to Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Personal Hotspot and flip the switch to on. 
From this screen you can verify the name of the phone (which will be used as the Wi-Fi name/SSID) as well as configure the password.

NOTE: If you don't see the option for Personal Hotspot, contact your carrier to make sure that you can use Personal Hotspot with your plan.

Need help with this step? Visit Apple’s knowledge base to learn more.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB

Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with a USB cable. If you see an alert on your iPhone or iPad that says “Trust This Computer?” tap Trust.

Next, visit System Preferences, click Network, then select iPhone USB/iPad USB from the list on the left. In the right pane deselect the “Disable unless needed” checkbox under Status.

Disable Unless Needed
Need help with this step? Visit Apple’s knowledge base to learn more.

Step 4: Download and Install Speedify

Last but certainly not least, download and install Speedify. Once running, Speedify will automatically detect any available Internet connections and combine them for increased speed, security, and stability.

You can manage settings, view statistics, and even apply limits to individual connections by either clicking/tapping on them from the Dashboard or by navigating to the desired connection through the main Settings menu.

Speedify will work quietly in the background to optimize performance including prioritizing streaming web traffic to avoid stuttering, buffering and disconnects.

Whether at home, work, or on-the-go, Speedify is the only VPN that makes your online experiences faster, more reliable, and more secure.

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