How To Share WiFi From Your iPhone To Your Laptop

by John Sanderson
How To Share WiFi From Your iPhone To Your Laptop

The world is a busy place, and people are constantly searching for ways to save time and cut down on the amount of energy they use. One way to do that is by sharing WiFi from your smartphone to your laptop. It’s easy to do, and it’s surprisingly useful in lots of situations. Here’s how you can share WiFi from your iPhone to your laptop.

How To Share WiFi From Your iPhone To Your Laptop

1. Your iPhone and laptop both must be connected to the same WiFi network for this process to work.

2. Launching your Settings app on your iPhone, tap on “Wi-Fi.”

3. Tap on your phone’s name at the top of the list of available WiFi networks.

4. Scroll down until you see an option labeled “Ask to Join Networks.” Make sure that is checked off.

5. Open Safari (or any other browser) on your laptop and navigate to a website that you want to visit using WiFi from your phone instead of cellular data or a different wireless network, such as one in a coffee shop or hotel room. You can also launch other apps that require connectivity, such as Skype or FaceTime if you want to place calls using WiFi from your phone instead of data from another source like AT&T or Verizon Wireless.

6. Tap on the address bar in Safari, type in what you want to visit into the URL field, and then hit “Enter” on your keyboard or click “Go” at the bottom of the screen if you’re using an iPhone with a touchscreen display (as opposed to older models that use a physical keyboard). The site should load up almost instantly if it’s already cached in memory, but otherwise, it will take longer for it to appear than normal because it has to load over WiFi from your phone rather than directly through a network connection like Ethernet cable or DSL/cable modem connection (unless you have one of those in addition to your wireless router, that is).

7. Once the page has loaded, click on the “Share” icon at the top of the screen and select “Open in Safari.” This will open up that page in a new browser tab so you can continue browsing with WiFi from your phone without having to go back and forth between tabs or windows.

How To Share Data From Your iPhone To Your Laptop

1. Your iPhone and laptop both must be connected to the same WiFi network for this process to work.

2. Launching your Settings app on your iPhone, tap on “General.”

3. Tap on “Network” in the list of options at the top of the screen.

4. Scroll down until you see an option labeled “Share My Data Plan with.” Make sure that is checked off.

5. Open Safari (or any other browser) on your laptop and go to a site that requires data services, such as Amazon or Google Play, so you can download something like an app or song from their online store (which is also a good way to support those sites if you use them frequently). When you’re finished downloading whatever it was you wanted to buy or download, tap on “Share” at the top of the screen and select “Use Cellular Data Only” from the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen. This will disconnect you from your WiFi network entirely and make it so all Internet traffic will go over cellular data instead of WiFi unless you choose otherwise through settings on your phone.

6. Once it’s done sharing data, return to Settings > General > Network > Share My Data Plan with > Uncheck “Use Cellular Data Only.” This will reconnect both devices back to their home networks as usual and allow them to connect back over WiFi again using their existing networks if possible without having to go through this process again for each connection attempt.

Best Apps For iPhone For Sharing Files & Apps With Your Laptop

1. Dropbox is a great app for syncing files and apps between your laptop and iPhone. The basic free version does not offer much, but if you pay $50 a year you get unlimited storage space, the ability to share files with other Dropbox users, and the ability to create your own folders so you can organize your data however you like it. This is great if you have one or more family members who regularly use Dropbox on their phones as well as their laptops.

2. Google Drive is another great app for syncing files between your laptop and iPhone. The basic free version includes 5GB of storage space, but if you pay $50 a year for the premium version it adds up to 25GB of additional storage space in addition to the 5GB included in the free version. The premium version also allows for password-protected sharing with other Google Drive users through Docs, Sheets, and Slides (which are all part of Google Drive).

3. Evernote is a great app that allows you to save notes from whatever program or mobile device you’re using at the time (phone, tablet, or computer). You can search for notes across all devices by typing in text into the search bar at the top of one of your notes on any device, which makes searching through all of your notes very quick and easy. You can even scan documents into Evernote’s database by taking pictures with an iPhone camera using Evernote’s “Scanner” app.

4. Wunderlist is a great app for keeping track of to-dos, lists, and checklists. You can easily create new lists and add items to them from all of your devices, including your iPhone. The premium version (which costs $5 a month or $45 per year) adds the ability to share lists and keep track of checklists across multiple devices as well as access to the Pro version which allows you to create reports and goals on top of your existing lists.

5. Slack is a great messaging app that is similar in many ways to email but easier to use for group conversations and discussions with coworkers or team members, clients, or suppliers. Slack’s free version allows you to have up to 6 people in a group chat on up to 3 different devices at the same time (phone, tablet, or computer). The premium version ($6 per month or $60 per year) allows you have up 20 people in a group chat on up 20 different devices at once (which is more than enough for most companies).

Conclusion

WiFi is a convenient way to access the internet on your laptop when you’re out of range of your home or office. Sharing your iPhone’s WiFi to your laptop is a great solution to get WiFi access when you need it the most.

FAQ:

Q: Why would I want to do this?
A: You don’t want to be tethered to your laptop every time you use it. WiFi is fast and convenient, but you don’t want to be limited by its limitations.

Q: Will this work with all apps?
A: Yes! Pretty much any app will work as long as it requires Internet access in order for it to function properly. Websites will also work just fine (though they may not load as quickly).

Q: Will this work with my carrier data plan?
A: Yes! This will work fine with AT&T / T-Mobile / Sprint / Verizon Wireless / etc.

Q: What if I have more than one Apple ID? How will I know which one is being shared?
A: When sharing through “Share My Data Plan,” only the account used for purchasing or downloading something through iTunes is shared through cellular data only. The other