How To Change Wi-Fi Password On iPhone in 6 Steps, With Photos

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How To Change Wi-Fi Password On iPhone in 6 Steps, With Photos

If you’re reading this, you probably wonder, “How do I change my Wi-Fi password on an iPhone.” Changing your Wi-Fi password isn’t as simple as going to your iPhone’s settings and tapping on the password to change it. Our handy guide will walk you through the steps in a moment.

We have a section for our readers who use their iPhone’s mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi. Without further ado, let’s jump into the steps.

How to Change Wi-Fi Password on an iPhone

Whether you updated your Wi-Fi network, received a new router, or made other changes to your Wi-Fi security, you must update your iPhone’s password. Unfortunately, you can’t tap on the existing password and type the new one (although you can tap to copy the password, which is quite helpful). Instead, you must forget the entire network to input a new Wi-Fi password on your iPhone. But the process only takes one extra step.

Here’s what to do:

Step 1: Open Settings

iPhone Settings is accessible from your homescreen.


All of your iPhone’s Wi-Fi settings are in the device’s Settings app. You can tap on the Settings app from the home screen or swipe to the right and search for it in the iPhone’s app library.

Step 2: Tap WiFi

Upon opening the Settings, an option for Wi-Fi will appear near the top. Tap it.

Scroll down and tap the Wi-Fi option.


Step 3: Tap the i Icon

Your existing Wi-Fi network will appear at the top of the screen. Tap the i icon to the right of your Wi-Fi name.

You must first enable Wi-Fi by tapping the toggle switch at the top.


Step 4: Tap Forget Network

You’ll see several options on this page. Unfortunately, tapping the password option only copies the Wi-Fi password to your iPhone’s clipboard. Tap Forget Network and confirm.

Forget Network is useful when you don’t want to rejoin a Wi-Fi Network.


Note: Ensure you have the correct Wi-Fi password before you forget the network. We have an article here to help you find it.

Step 5: Tap Your Wi-Fi Name

Next, reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and input the updated password. Tap on the Wi-Fi network in the list.

Open your Wi-Fi Network.


Step 6: Input the New Password

Finally, you can input the new Wi-Fi password to change it.

Enter your new Wi-Fi password to connect to the Wi-Fi Network.


Your device should connect automatically to the Wi-Fi network; there’s nothing more to do. However, if you run into trouble, scroll to the bottom of this article for some troubleshooting help.

Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:

How to Change Wi-Fi Hotspot Password on an iPhone

If you need to change your Wi-Fi hotspot password on your iPhone, this section is for you! Fortunately, it’s much easier than changing the Wi-Fi password on your iPhone for your home or work WiFi.

If you want to update your mobile hotspot password to something more straightforward, follow these steps:

Step 1: Open Settings

As we did above, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

Navigate to your iPhone’s Settings on the homescreen and open it.


Step 2: Tap Personal Hotspot

Rather than choosing the Wi-Fi option, look down just a bit and tap Personal Hotspot.

Scroll down and Tap Persona Hotspot to open it.


Step 3: Tap Wi-Fi Password

This page allows you to tap on the existing password, tap it.

When you tap on the Wi-Fi Password, you will see other configuration options.


Step 4: Input New Password

Now you can input your new WiFi password and use it whenever you need to connect other devices to your iPhone’s Internet. But be sure to tap Done after typing your password.

Your new Wi-Fi network password should ideally have eight characters.


Note: You may need to turn your phone off and back on if your new password isn’t working appropriately.

Here is a step-by-step video for further reference:

Changing Your Wi-Fi Password on iPhone – Troubleshooting

While the steps above are pretty simple, errors and hiccups do occur. If you’re scratching your head because you can’t change your Wi-Fi password on your iPhone, don’t fret. Let’s take a look at a few troubleshooting steps you can take.

iPhone Won’t Connect to Wi-Fi After Changing the Password

We told you to forget the network and input a new password, which is the right way. But perhaps now, you can’t reconnect to that network on your iPhone after you change the password. Fortunately, there are some simple steps to get everything working again:

  • If you reset your router to factory defaults, ensure you’re selecting the correct Wi-Fi network. The name may have changed, but it’s typically the first option.
  • Ensure you’re typing the correct password.
  • Move closer to your router. A Wi-Fi signal comfortably connects within 30 feet as long as there aren’t any obstructions (walls, floors, etc.).
  • Restart your router by unplugging it from the power outlet, waiting thirty seconds, and rebooting it.

If you continue to struggle, you can call Apple Support or your internet service provider for more assistance.

iPhone Won’t Accept the New Wi-Fi Password

Another common issue when you change your Wi-Fi password on your iPhone is that the password doesn’t work. Here are some things to try if that’s your predicament:

  • Try using your router’s default password.
  • Restart your iPhone.
  • Verify that you are typing the correct password (including capitals, numbers, and symbols).
  • Forget the network again and retry it.

iPhone Hotspot Password Won’t Work After Changing It

Changing your mobile hotspot password on an iPhone shouldn’t cause any problems. However, things can always go wrong, and we want you to be prepared. If this happens to you, try these fixes:

  • Follow the steps above to ensure the password did change.
  • Change the password again, and tap Done in the top right corner.
  • Restart your iPhone and the device you’re tethering to it.
  • Call your cell phone carrier for more assistance.

Wrapping Up

Changing your Wi-Fi password on your iPhone isn’t that difficult. Following our steps, you can change yours in less than five minutes. Our simple guide should get you moving, but if you encounter any problems, the troubleshooting section will help!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why don't I see an option to forget a network on my iPhone?

Unfortunately, some iOS users are limited in their permissions. This often happens when you’re using a work phone or you have an administrator overseeing your iOS device.

Why won't my mobile hotspot work after I changed the password?

Sometimes, making changes to your hotspot causes problems. The more likely culprit is that the hotspot password didn’t save. You can easily rectify the issue by following the steps above and tapping Done to save the new password.

However, if it isn’t a password issue, it’s best to reach out to your cell phone carrier. Whereas many features require Apple Support, your device’s hotspot is maintained by your network provider. If turning your phone off and back on doesn’t work, give them a call.

Can I change my router's Wi-Fi password on my iPhone?

It may be possible to change your router’s Wi-Fi password on your iPhone by using a web browser. Most routers allow you to change the password by typing the IP Address into the address bar of a web browser, then inputting admin for both the username and password.

However, this is different for some manufacturers (Asus routers, for example, have different methods). If you need to change your router’s WiFi password, it’s best to pull the model’s device manual and follow the steps.

Can I use any password for my mobile hotspot on an iPhone?

Absolutely! The iPhone hotspot password doesn’t require any special characters, numbers, or combinations. You can make your password all one number if you like (although this isn’t very secure).

How do I know which Wi-Fi network is mine?

Your iPhone will show you a list of networks that are organized by which ones are closest to your device. Typically, the one on top is your Wi-Fi network. However, there are exceptions. You can look on the back of your Wi-Fi router for the network’s name. Then, tap on that one.

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