Quick tip: How to run Wi-Fi diagnostics on your Mac

There's nothing more frustrating than trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network and something isn't working right. However, macOS comes with tools you can use to diagnose and test your network connection, helping you to get back on the internet.

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There's nothing more frustrating than trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network and something is playing up (OK, maybe setting up a printer is worse). In an effort to 'streamline and simplify' the operating system, Apple has buried the Wi-Fi diagnostic tools.

And if you don't know how to find the tools, you can't use them to help you.

Here's what you need to know!

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First, how to access Wi-Fi diagnostics. This is not easy unless you know the magic incantation, which is to press down the OPTION key (⌥) while clicking on the Wi-Fi status menu.

Wi-Fi diagnostic tools

Wi-Fi diagnostic tools

This will reveal a whole raft of new options, including:

  • Enable Wi-Fi Logging
  • Create Diagnostics Report
  • Open Wireless Diagnostics
  • Wi-Fi Recommendations

You also get access to a whole lot of geeky information about the wireless connection, which depending on your technical aptitude, may or may not be useful.

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However, before you go digging into Wi-Fi settings and getting hip-deep into things, I suggest you try to fix your Wi-Fi connection by doing the following first:

  • See if another device will connect (is it an issue with the Mac or Wi-Fi network?)
  • Reboot the Mac
  • Disable any VPNs

Hopefully, those simple things will help.