How to set password on Mac WiFi hotspot: Yosemite

Using Mac WiFi hotspot you can connect multiple devices through Internet Sharing. To Turn on /Enable /set password on Mac WiFi hotspot you can share your internet with more than one connection securely. After that no one WiFi enabled device can connect without password set on your Mac WiFi hotspot.  Sometimes it will be possible to that you have multiple devices that needed to connect internet, but only one available source (Mac). Then you have to set password on Mac WiFi hotspot for connecting your Mac’s hotspot to other devices that are use for the connect internet and sharing data with your friends. This tip is very useful when you are in collage, school or group, hotels. Using WiFi hotspot you can share your internet connection via private WiFi network to other devices for limited area. Please follow the bellow step for how to easily set password on Mac WiFi hotspot.

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How to Internet Sharing using set password on Mac WiFi hotspot    

Step 1: Go to the Apple menu, click on it and choose System Preferences.

Choose system preference option - set password on Mac WiFi hotspot
System preference in Apple Mac menu

Step 2:  After Go to the Network option

Here, you can check which type of internet connection running on your Mac, like WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth or iPhone USB. Here Cable connection is connected.

for WiFi hotspot go on Network option
Network option in shared preference

Step 3: Now, Go to the Sharing in System Preferences

Check the Internet Sharing sub-menu and you have sure to your WiFi is checked. In bottom-left you have choice to clicking on the lock icon for security purpose.

Enable WiFi sharing option
Turn on WiFi under the sharing

Step 4: Select the WiFi option that given in the bellow

After selecting the WiFi option, in your screen have a pop up message options submit like Network Name, Security and Password on your network.

Enter password for WiFi hotspot
Submit details for password protected

Step 5: Now, check the Internet Sharing option

Here, you have another pop up message that asking you to, Are you sure you want to turn on Internet Sharing?

Step 6: Click the Start Button option to successfully start your own private network.

Share internet by choose start
Tap on start for internet sharing

Now you have set password on Mac WiFi hotspot that connected to your Mac with other WiFi enable computers and other devices.

Note: you want to turn off the network connection then remove click in the Internet Sharing option.

If you want to share data, files and more information without wireless connection between computers then you have to follow the given bellow steps:

Step 1: Go to the WiFi menubar then click the Create Network

Without internet connection share Data on Mac
Create private network for Mac

After clicking create network in your screen pop up alert that ratify you to Network Name, Channel and Security.

Step 2:  Click Create Button.

Set Mac password for sharing
Set password for Mac to Mac

Now, you can connect any computer on the network without internet connection. You can exchange your files simply and easily using WiFi.

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Here, you should follow the above step for set password on Mac WiFi hotspot. Have you any another ways to get this? Then please share your alternative way to us in below comment.


  1. Hi, I’m trying to do this but in Step 3 the menu doesn’t give me the option to share using wifi. Only “Thunderbridge” and “Bluetooth PAN” appear. Whar should I do?