Use iPhone Hotspot For Home Broadband

Most of you depend on Wi-Fi or Ethernet from your ISP for your broadband network capabilities. I know some of you do not have fast network connections using this method. If you are in the slow network department or if you lose your network like I did a while back, you can create a broadband network with your iPhone. Here is how you do that.

iPhone Broadband

There are a couple of cautions to consider before you decide to do this. First, in times past cellphone companies discouraged using your phone cellular data for creating a home network. That was back when people did not have large cellular plans like today. Second, you should check the contract you have with your cellphone provider. They still may prohibit this type of activity.

Assuming all of this is OK, you begin by making sure your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot is turned on in the Cellular Settings area. Once that is done, connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable. Yes, you can create a Personal Hotspot network using Bluetooth, but connecting with a USB cable provides a much faster network. Once your iPhone is connected to your Mac, you need to go into the Network Preference Pane.

Preference Pane

You should see your iPhone listed in the left column in this window.

Select iPhone

Click on “iPhone USB” to get to this next window.


You have to uncheck the box “Disable unless needed” for this to work.

Disable Button

This will free up the iPhone to be your broadband connection.

On my Mac I use Ethernet and Wi-Fi.


To not use my ISP network provider I disabled both of those protocols. That leaves the iPhone USB as the only available network.


I tested this out by going to some web pages in the Safari browser. It was slightly less responsive than Ethernet or Wi-Fi, but it worked just fine.


If you do not have a fast cellular network with a fairly large data account, then you cannot do iPhone USB broadband. But, if your cellular provider allows it and you have the necessary prerequisites, you are good to go.