Bluetooth Tethering on iPhone Made Easy: Share the Internet with a Mac
Tethering your iPhone to your Mac using Bluetooth is easy. However, while Bluetooth is a convenient and wireless way to get internet from your iPhone to your Mac, 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 USB or Wi-Fi tethering.
You will be able to use this tethered iPhone connection on your Mac to access the Internet. You can also combine it with a Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet or cellular 3G / 4G / LTE dongle connection using the Speedify app. This will get you faster, more stable and secure Internet.
With that said, in this article, we are going to walk you through the steps for tethering your iPhone using Bluetooth.
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How to Tether your iPhone to a Mac using Bluetooth
Step 1: First, ensure that your iPhone is paired with your Mac via Bluetooth. You can do this by going to System Preferences > Bluetooth. Then, select your iPhone from the pane that appears. Also take this opportunity to ensure that your Mac’s Bluetooth is turned on.
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: While you’re in the Settings app, tap Bluetooth from the main menu and toggle the switch on if it isn’t already. You should see your Mac appearing under “My Devices.”
Step 4: Now it’s time to connect your Mac to your iPhone’s network. You can do this one of two ways:
The first method is the simplest: navigate to the upper right-hand corner of the menu bar and click on the Bluetooth icon. (If this icon is not currently displayed, you can activate it by going to System Preferences > Bluetooth.) When you click the icon, a menu will appear. Mouse-over your paired device (iPhone) and click Connect.
Alternatively, you can navigate to System Preferences > Network. Click Bluetooth PAN on the left-hand side. If Bluetooth PAN isn’t visible, click the + button, and select Bluetooth PAN from the interface popup menu.
Finally, select your iPhone from the device popup menu and click Connect.
And that’s all there is to tethering your iPhone to your Mac using Bluetooth!
Now – feel free to toss this tethered iPhone connection into any existing combination of active Internet connections on your Mac. Use Speedify for macOS to combine them.
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Speedify can bond any combination of 2 or more Internet connections and will intelligently distribute your online traffic between them for optimal performance.
In the majority of cases, Speedify will automatically detect and start using any Internet connections available to your device - but if you need help we have quick start guides available for most common set ups.