By default, your Mac automatically connects to the most recently used Wi-Fi network. But when you are in a public place with many open networks, you may want to prioritize a particular one (such as your own hotspot) on your Mac.
You can rearrange the list of Wi-Fi network priorities in the Network section in System Preferences.
The easiest way to access the network preferences is via the Wi-Fi section in the menu bar. Click on the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar and then select the "Open network preferences" option.
This opens the Network section from the system preferences.
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Make sure here that the "Wi-Fi" option is selected from the sidebar and then click on the "Advanced" button.
You will see a "Preferred networks" section in the & # 39; Wi-Fi & # 39; Tab; with a list of all networks that you have previously connected to. Everything is sorted by preference, which means that the network at the top of the list is given the first preference.
Look in this list for the network that you want to use as your preferred network (such as your hotspot). Click on the network to select it.
From there, drag the network name to the top of the list and then release it.
As soon as you see the network at the top of the list, it means that it has priority. You can now rearrange the rest of the Wi-Fi networks for the second or third priority.
If you have previously connected to an open Wi-Fi network and do not want your Mac to connect to it, even if no other priority network is available, remove the Wi-Fi network from the list. Select the Wi-Fi network and then click on the minus button.
After you have prioritized the list of networks, click the "OK" button in the lower right corner.
Then, on the Network screen, click the "Apply" button to update the priority list.
If you do not want to remove a network from the list, you can also stop your Mac from Automatically connect to with a specific WiFi network.
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