If you have guests in your home, they might request you share the Wi-Fi password so they can cut down on their mobile data usage and enjoy safe browsing on your secure home Wi-Fi network.
But password sharing should be done carefully and selectively. In some cases, you might not want to give out your password for security reasons. In others, it’s because the password is so long and complicated it’s a hassle to connect.
If you have two iOS devices, one already connected to the internet and one awaiting connection, you can share the Wi-Fi password without actually sharing it. In other words, you can use your iPhone to allow another device to connect to the private wireless network without manual password entry.
How to share Wi-Fi on iPhones
Can you share your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to iPhone? Yes! First, you need to make sure you have an updated version of iOS running on both iPhones. Apple released the Wi-Fi password-sharing feature in iOS 11, so make sure you’re on that or a later version. You’ll also need to turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for both devices.
Also, you’ll need to add your Apple ID and the connecting iPhone’s Apple ID. If they both use the same Apple ID, you’ll have no problem. But if you’re trying to share the password with a friend’s iPhone, you’ll need to add one another’s Apple ID to your contacts list.
Once that’s all set, get your iPhone and the other device that you want to share the Wi-Fi password with. Similar to connecting via Bluetooth, you’ll have an easier time and stronger connection if the devices are close to one another.
On the receiving device, take the following steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select Wi-Fi.
- Go to Choose A Network… and select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to.
Now it’s time for the host device to share access. On that iPhone, follow the below steps:
- You should see an alert pop up asking if you want to Share Your Wi-Fi.
- Select the Send Password button.
- Your phone will share access to the Wi-Fi network with the requesting phone.
After the password was successfully shared, you should be able to tap Done.
Frequently asked questions on Wi-Fi password sharing
Can you share your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to iPad?
While you can share your Wi-Fi password with the same steps above if you’re using an iPhone and an iPad, there is no way to share your actual iPhone password with the iPad tablet.
Can you share your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to Android?
Yes. Because Android devices don’t operate on the iOS operating system, you’ll need to take different steps. First, you’ll need to download a QR code generator on the iPhone. An app like Visual Codes or Qrafter will do the trick.
When you launch the app, you’ll be able to create a QR code for your home Wi-Fi password. When you want to give the password to an Android device, simply open the QR code on your iPhone and scan it with the Android. You can scan it with your camera or a dedicated QR scanner app. A message may pop up on the Android to confirm network connection.
Can you share your Wi-Fi password from Macbook to iPhone?
Yes. Because Macbooks and iPhones are Apple devices, their software works more seamlessly. This allows for simple file transfer, data backup and Wi-Fi password sharing.
Connect your Macbook to the Wi-Fi network and put your iPhone next to it. On the iPhone, choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to (it should be the same network the Macbook is connected to). On your Mac, you should get a pop-up message requesting access to the Wi-Fi password. You’ll click Share to grant access to the iPhone.
Note that you’ll need to be running macOS High Sierra or a newer version.
What if the above steps don’t work?
If you’re having trouble with any of the steps above, try the following troubleshooting tips:
- Make sure your iOS is updated. Go to Settings > General and look for any available software updates.
- Double-check you have one another’s Apple ID saved. If it’s not in your contacts list, the iOS connections won’t work.
- Restart your devices. This includes the iPhone, iPad, Macbook and Android devices.
- Turn Wi-Fi on and off. Sometimes you just need to disconnect and reconnect to reset your device’s connection.
- Restart your Wi-Fi network. Unplug your router and modem for at least 60 seconds before plugging them back in.
- Put the devices in close proximity. If you can, place the devices side-by-side to ensure an uninterrupted connection.