Connect to the internet with your Mac

Find out how to use Wi-Fi, Personal Hotspot or Ethernet cable to connect to the internet.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

From the Wi-Fi menu  in the menu bar, choose a network. You may then be asked to enter the Wi-Fi network's password or agree to terms and conditions.

Mac desktop with Wi-Fi menu bar options shown

If you can't see the Wi-Fi menu in the menu bar

If you need help with the Wi-Fi password

If you can't join the Wi-Fi network

If your Mac doesn't connect to the internet after joining the Wi-Fi network


Connect using Personal Hotspot

With most network provider plans, you can share the mobile data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) with your Mac. Find out how to set up Personal Hotspot.


Connect using an Ethernet cable

To use a wired connection to the internet, connect an Ethernet cable from your router or modem to the Ethernet port on your Mac. Some Mac models require an Ethernet adaptor, such as the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor or the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor.

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