How to create a QR code on your iPhone to connect guests to your Wi-Fi
Rather than asking a guest to select your Wi-Fi network and then enter a cumbersome password, simply create a QR code for them that their iPhone can read. Here’s how to do it.
You wouldn’t want to put a QR code to access your network around street corners like a lost cat photo. Still, when someone you trust comes to your home, it’s as important to give them your Wi-Fi password as it is to show them where the bathroom is – if that’s more complicated.
If your Wi-Fi password is good at all, it’s guaranteed to ask you to spell it out slowly. Or if your password isn’t right, they’ll first need to figure out which of the many networks at hand is yours.
So instead, you can give them a QR code. You might be able to email them, you will probably need to find a way to show it when they arrive.
It could mean just waving your iPhone at theirs, or you could even frame it and have the QR code on your kitchen wall. Since iOS 11, iPhones have been able to read QR codes without a third-party app, so chances are your guest has everything they need.
If they don’t know how to scan a QR code – or how to make scanning a lot faster by putting a button for it in Control Center – show them this.
Then it’s up to you to make one. There are third-party apps that will, but you don’t need them, you just need shortcuts.
How to create a QR code in a shortcut
- Take this shortcut written by Stephen Robles for Appleinsider
- Run this once
- Save a copy of the result by sharing it with yourself via AirDrop, Messages, Mail or more
If you’d rather try and work on the shortcut itself, Stephen’s really does two separate tasks. It asks for certain information and then uses that information to create the QR code.
So at a minimum you can use the Request a contribution Step into Shortcuts and ask a user to enter the name and password of the Wi-Fi network. That’s really all you need Request a contribution, so what Generate QR code from walk.
Stephen’s shortcut goes further, however. Before entering the network name, it asks you if you want to use the current Wi-Fi network you are on. And if you do, it goes out and finds the name of that network.
You still have to enter the password, but it is much more convenient to type on a Wi-Fi network name than it is to type it as well.
What should you do next
Stephen’s shortcut ends up showing the QR code and giving you the option to share it. You can add a step that automatically saves it somewhere.
Or even that automatically sends a copy to anyone you choose.
What your guest should do
When the guest is within range of your network, they can scan the QR code. Assuming you entered the network name and password correctly when creating the code, that’s all they need to do.
Point the phone’s cameras at a QR code, tap to confirm when prompted to join this network, and you’re done.
For a few minutes of work ahead of you, they get direct access to your network in moments.
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