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I'm currently using macOS Ventura (13.3.1) and I'm having an issue with Internet sharing options being greyed out. I have toggled Internet sharing on, but I'm unable to activate its sharing options. Can anyone help me with this?

Screenshot of System Settings showing the Internet Sharing dialog where Internet Sharing is on and the options are greyed out

Here are some details of my issue:

  • Operating system: macOS Ventura (13.3.1)
  • Problem: Internet Sharing options are greyed out and cannot be selected
  • Desired outcome: Be able to select options and share my internet connection

I have tried the following troubleshooting steps without success:

  • Restarted my Mac: I have restarted my Mac to see if the issue resolves itself, but the options are still greyed out.
  • Tried Solutions with this answer and this answer. Also referred to Apple discussions forum, here. But could not help myself.
  • Checked user permissions: I have ensured that I am logged in as an administrator on my Mac and have the necessary permissions to enable Internet sharing.
  • Checked network connections: I have verified that my Mac is connected to the internet and that my network interface is properly configured.

Despite these troubleshooting steps, I am still unable to activate the Internet sharing options. Can anyone suggest additional solutions or provide further guidance on how to resolve this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance!

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You can't change the options if Sharing is on.

In your screenshot, the selected port must be scrolled out of sight.

For you to edit those preferences, you have to do the process of choosing the input and output before turning Internet Sharing on.

  1. Go to System Settings > General > Sharing. (Previously located in System Preferences > Sharing)
  2. Click on the info button at the very right of the Internet Sharing options (without turning it on).
  3. Configure the input and output as you want.
  4. Click on Wi-Fi Options (you'll be prompted to give your password/use Touch ID to modify those settings).
  5. You will then be able to configure an Internet Sharing network with the network name, channel, security and password.
  6. You should be prompted to confirm, confirm.

Screenshot of the Internet Sharing options (accessible) while Internet Sharing is off

You can now turn Internet Sharing on again, the chosen options will apply.

If you want to edit those options again, you will have to disable Internet Sharing and perform the above-described actions again.

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    Comprehensive, but doesn't actually answer the question of why it's greyed out & how to fix that.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 13, 2023 at 8:28
  • @Tetsujin Right, I answered to that as an edit
    – Thinkr
    Apr 13, 2023 at 8:44
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    I've shuffled the actual answer to the top, so anyone else googling finds it first, before the setup detail.
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 13, 2023 at 9:44
  • @Tetsujin Great idea! Thanks!
    – Thinkr
    Apr 13, 2023 at 9:46
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Is this a work issued mac?

If so, it's probably locked down and there's nothing you can do about it.

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    Maybe you mean a managed Mac? Simply being issued a device doesn’t necessarily mean it’s managed with MDM.
    – Allan
    May 29, 2023 at 12:12
  • I'm unsure what that level of pedantry brings to this discussion, Allan. May 30, 2023 at 15:04
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    There’s a huge difference between the two.
    – Allan
    May 30, 2023 at 15:07
  • @MatthewTrow Allan is indeed correct, there is a difference between a issued and managed mac.
    – Eric
    Jul 21, 2023 at 5:07
  • It's about context - "probably locked down" - did you not read that part of my comment? Jul 22, 2023 at 8:29

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