When the wifi network drops in the middle of a presentation, this can save your life
Using the iPhone’s “Personal hotspot”, connect your Apple TV and Mac to continue presenting autonomously
UPDATE: Post updated on Feb 23, 2021 to reflect changes on iOS 14.4 and tvOS 14.4.
One day I was presenting the website’s second design phase to a client when their wifi network suddenly lagged and eventually dropped altogether.
Needless to say, it was a bit frustrating and kind of killed the energy in the room.
Although it was time for a bathroom break for some of the meeting’s participants, it felt annoying to have to fiddle around with their network to recover the web page and continue reviewing the website.
Fortunately, being a big Apple fan, I knew right away that I had a simple yet efficient solution at my fingertips: The iPhone’s Personal Hotspot.
How to connect your Apple TV and Mac to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot
- Turn it on on your iPhone in Settings>Personal Hotspot. You can also setup a password if you wish to protect your connection.
- Then, turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone to make it “discoverable”.
- On your Mac, simply go to the wifi icon on the top right of the menu bar and select the name of your iPhone in the list. IMPORTANT: It will help your Mac to better discover your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot if you keep your iPhone open at the “Personal Hotspot page” in settings.
- After a few seconds, it should prompt you for the password if you have set one up. Enter your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot password then it will connect to your iPhone.
- Do the same for your Apple TV by going to Settings>Network>Wifi then choose your iPhone’s name. IMPORTANT: It will help your Apple TV to better discover your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot if you keep your iPhone open at the “Personal Hotspot page” in settings.
- The easiest way to know if you’re connected is to look at the top of your iPhone’s screen, there will be a blue button on the top left corner letting you know that some devices are connected to your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot.
- Your Personal Hotspot should allow up to 5 connections on your iPhone but your carrier may limit this number.
- When both the Apple TV and the Mac are connected through the iPhone, you can go to the Apple icon on the top left corner of your Mac > System Preferences > Displays > click the drop-down menu “Airplay Display” and choose the name of your Apple TV. You can also check the box in the bottom-left corner to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available”, which will show the active icons of 2 screens on your menu bar when you stream your Mac to your Apple TV.
- Once these steps are completed, you can confidently continue the presentation without any other concern of losing the wifi connection.
Have you used the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot? Any suggestions, comments? Feel free to share below!