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How To Share WiFi Password On iPhone in 4 Steps, With Photos

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How To Share WiFi Password On iPhone in 4 Steps, With Photos

Did you know you can share your WiFi password from your iPhone? Well, you can! It’s no secret that WiFi passwords are annoying. Most are typically random numbers and symbols and incredibly difficult to remember.

So, if you have issues sharing your WiFi password with other people (or your other devices), hang out with us for a moment. Because we’re going to make it easier.

What You Need to Share a WiFi Password on Your iPhone

As your author can attest, the iPhone WiFi sharing feature is a bit finicky. If your devices don’t meet the appropriate criteria or a problem arises, you’ll waste valuable time getting connected. Before we dive into our tutorial, let’s look at a few prerequisites and troubleshooting steps.

iPhone & WiFi Sharing Prerequisites

Naturally, Apple throws us a few curve balls when using features that make our lives simpler. Similar to removing people from iMessage groups, you must do some seemingly odd things before completing the steps below.

Here are the prerequisites:

  • Update your devices to the latest OS or OSX (Mac High Sierra)
  • Enable WiFi (both devices)
  • Enable Bluetooth (both devices)
  • Disable Mobile Hotspot (both devices)
  • Unlock the screens and open the Settings app (both devices)
  • Add each device’s iCloud email address to the other user’s contacts (Contacts>Their Name>Edit>Email Address>Save).
  • Keep devices in range of each other

While that looks like a pretty lengthy list, it isn’t too bad. Ensuring your devices meet those criteria will save you a headache later in our tutorial.

Troubleshooting

Per our testing, we did run into a few issues when trying to share a WiFi password from an iPhone. Fortunately, those were quickly resolved. If you run into issues, visit the section above to ensure you meet all the prerequisites. Then, try these fixes:

  • Restart both devices
  • Ensure Bluetooth is enabled
  • Verify that your iCloud email address is in your contact on the other phone and the other user’s email address is in their contact on your phone
  • Ensure the screen is unlocked and on the WiFi settings page (explained below)
  • Connect the phone giving the password to the WiFi network in question
  • Disable the mobile hotspot on each device
  • Disconnect from any existing WiFi networks on the receiving device

Hopefully, if you run into any problems below, these fixes will get you up and running.

Note: If you’ve followed all the troubleshooting steps and your devices meet all prerequisites, it may be necessary to type the password in manually. We’ll show you how to see your WiFi password on your iPhone in the last section.

How to Share WiFi Password from iPhone to iPhone

Suppose you have a friend over, and they need to use your WiFi on their phone. Rather than walking them to your router, you can share your WiFi password with a few taps of your iPhone screen. The process is incredibly simple and only takes a few steps.

Here’s what to do:

Note: Steps 1-3 are instructions for both devices. Each user should follow them.

Step 1: Open Settings on Your iPhone

Unlock the screen on both iPhones. Then, tap on the Settings app.

Go to your iPhone's settings.
Go to your iPhone’s settings.

Step 2: Tap WiFi

You’ll see an option for Wi-Fi near the top of the settings. Tap that option on both phones.

Screenshot to navigate Navigate to Wi-Fi under Settings.
Navigate to Wi-Fi under Settings.

Step 3: Tap the WiFi Network

Now you can tap on the WiFi network. The person with the phone giving the password and the phone receiving the password must each tap the WiFi network in question.

Both the sending and receiving devices must be within reach of the same network.
Both the sending and receiving devices must be within reach of the same network.

Note: The iPhone receiving the password will have the WiFi network listed under Networks.

Step 4: Tap Share Password

Assuming all criteria are met, the person sharing the WiFi password on their iPhone will see a pop-up menu at the bottom of their screen. Tap Share Password.

Scroll down and tap share password button.
Scroll down and tap share.

The person receiving the WiFi password will connect automatically to the network.

How to Share WiFi Password on iPhone to Mac

As long as your iPhone and Mac are running the latest version of OS and OSX, you can also share your WiFi network from your iPhone to your Mac.

Note: All the prerequisites above apply when sharing your WiFi password with a Mac.

Step 1: Open the WiFi Settings on Your iPhone

Start the process by unlocking your iPhone and tapping on the Settings app. Then, tap WiFi.

Select settings on your iPhone.
Select Settings.

Step 2: Click the WiFi Symbol on Your Mac

Next, unlock your Mac (or MacBook) and click the WiFi symbol in the top menu bar.

Select the WiFi symbol on your Mac.
Select the WiFi symbol.

Step 3: Click the WiFi Network in the Dropdown Menu

Choose Other Networks and select the WiFi network in the dropdown menu.

Select WiFi network from the drop down menu.
Select WiFi network from the dropdown menu.

Note: Ensure your iPhone is already connected to this WiFi Network so you can share the password.

Step 4: Click Share Password

After you click the WiFi Network’s name on your Mac, a small pop-up window will appear on your iPhone. Click Share Password on your iPhone.

Click on share password.
Tap share Password to allow another user to access the Wi-Fi network.

How to View WiFi Password on iPhone for Sharing

If, for any reason, the method above didn’t work, you can try another simple way to share your WiFi password from an iPhone. Newer versions of iOS let you reveal the WiFi password for the network you’re connected to right in your settings.

Here’s how to see your WiFi password in the iPhone settings:

Step 1: Tap WiFi in the Settings

First, open the settings on your iPhone (the iPhone that’s sharing the WiFi password).

Tap WiFi in the settings section.
Go to Wi-Fi under your phone’s settings.

Step 2: Tap the WiFi Network

Next, locate and tap on your WiFi network in the list.

Tap the WiFi network.
Find the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to share.

Step 3: Tap the Password

Now you’ll see the password field. But you can’t see the password yet, only a series of dots. Tap the password.

Tap the WiFi Password.
Tapping the password will reveal the characters, letters, or numbers that make up your password.

Step 4: Verify and Reveal Your iPhone Password

After tapping the password, your iPhone will initiate Face ID (or your passcode). Verify your identity, and you’ll see your WiFi password.

Verify and reveal password.
Once you verify your identify, you can quickly share you Wi-Fi’s password with anyone.

Now, you can share the password quickly with your friends and get everyone connected.

Note: This works for any WiFi network that your iPhone can access.

Here is a step-by-step video to view and copy your WiFi password:

Sharing WiFi Passwords with an iPhone

Apple truly does strive to make our lives easier. But sometimes, the best features have challenging limitations. While it’s easy to share your WiFi password from your iPhone, it isn’t always easy to get the function to work.

However, if you follow the steps outlined in the first section of this article, sharing your WiFi password won’t be too difficult.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an iPhone share a WiFi password with an Android phone?

Unfortunately, no. You can reveal your WiFi password using the instructions above, but you can’t share your WiFi password from an iPhone to an Android phone.

How do use my iPhone to share my WiFi password with an iPad?

Fortunately, it’s easy to share your WiFi password from an iPhone to an iPad. You can follow the same steps above for sharing your WiFi password from your iPhone to another iPhone.

Can I share my WiFi password on my iPhone with a PC?

No. Apple’s WiFi password-sharing feature only works with Apple devices.

How do I find my mobile hotspot password?

You can easily find your mobile hotspot password in the iPhone settings. Open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. Then, tap your Wi-Fi password to reveal it. You can also change it to something that’s easier to remember.

Can I save my WiFi password to my iCloud account?

Absolutely! If you want to save your WiFi password to your iCloud account, you can enable Keychain. Then, anytime you sign into a new Apple device, it will connect automatically to your known WiFi networks.

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