Connect to the internet with your Mac

Learn how to use Wi-Fi, Personal Hotspot, and Ethernet to connect to the internet.

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

Click the Wi-Fi icon  in the menu bar, then choose a network from the menu. Before you can join the network, you might be asked to enter the network's password or agree to terms and conditions.

Need help?

  • If you don't see the Wi-Fi icon  icon in the menu bar, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Network. Select Wi-Fi in the sidebar, then select ”Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar.” 
  • Lean what to do if your Mac doesn't connect to the internet after joining the Wi-Fi network.
  • To connect to a Wi-Fi network that you know is hidden, choose Other Networks (or Join Other Network) from the Wi-Fi menu , then choose Other. Enter the requested network name, security, and password information.

 


Connect using Personal Hotspot

With most carrier plans, you can share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) with your Mac. Learn how to set up Personal Hotspot.


Connect using Ethernet

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


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