How to Instantly Share Your iPhone’s Wi-Fi Passwords to Other Nearby Apple Devices « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks
Unless you have unlimited cellular data, you probably connect your iPhone to every Wi-Fi network you come across. It could be a local coffee shop, a public library, or just a friend’s house. Wherever it is, you will need to ask for the hotspot password if it is a secure network, and this can be a problem if the place is busy or the owner forgets the information identification. Fortunately, Apple has a solution to this problem.
As long as someone connected or previously connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to has an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, your iPhone can simply ask their Apple device to transmit the password. And it works the same if you are the one sharing the connection with others. You can even use this service to share passwords between your own Apple devices, so you only have to enter the password once manually.
Pretty sweet, right? No more writing and typing long and complicated passwords. Never worry about a friend knowing your password again. No more dumb QR codes to deal with. No more ugly NFC tags. No need to log in anymore.
If it’s an Android device that’s currently connected to the network you want to join – or wants to join the network you’re on – you’ll have to resort to other methods. For example, it is easy for an Android user to share Wi-Fi passwords with Apple users, and you can use a widget, shortcut or QR code on your iPhone to get Android users‘ Internet access to proximity from the Wi-Fi you are using. .
The feature, previously called “Share your Wi-Fi”, was introduced in iOS 11, and it works pretty much the same in iOS 15 as it did back then, only the requirements are slightly different.
- It only works to and from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac computer.
- Both devices must be running iOS 15 or later, iPadOS 15 or later, or macOS High Sierra or later.
- Both devices must be Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and within range.
- Disable Personal Hotspot on either device if one is active.
- Make sure the email address associated with your Apple ID is in the other person’s Contacts app and theirs is in yours. This is a strange requirement as it makes it less likely to help or be helped by people you don’t know, but it will prevent someone with malicious intentions from joining the network and wreaking havoc.
Notice I didn’t list having to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a requirement? This is because the sharing device only needs the Wi-Fi network and password saved in “My Networks” – it does not need to be currently connected to the hotspot to share the network password.
Quick note on order of steps
There are four steps below, but steps 1-3 can be done in any order.
Step 1: Choose the Wi-Fi network on the connecting device
On the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac that needs internet access, open Wi-Fi settings, select the network to join, and Enter Password the screen will appear. It doesn’t have to be the same Wi-Fi network that the other iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac uses, but the network credentials must be saved in “My Networks” on the sharing device.
Step 2: Unlock the sharing device
The password-sharing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac must be unlocked to properly communicate with the connecting device. If this is your device and it’s locked, use Face ID, Touch ID, passcode, or password to unlock it. If it belongs to someone else, politely ask them to do the same.
Step 3: Bring the devices closer together
The two devices must be close enough to communicate. This means they should be no more than 30 to 33 feet apart. However, you will have much more success if they are within five feet, more or less.
Step 4: Share the password and connect to the network
If the password request works, a “Wi-Fi Password” box will appear on the sharing device. It will ask ‘Do you want to share Wi-Fi password for'[Network Name]’ with [Contact or Device Name]?”
As soon as “Share password” is selected in the prompt, the device will send the password to the connecting device, and the prompt will change to “Done: Successfully shared your Wi-Fi password “. Choose “Done” to exit.
The password sent from the sharing device will automatically populate the password field on the connecting device. You don’t even have to select “Join” since it will do that for you. And that’s all there is to it.
It goes without saying that if you don’t trust the person requesting permission to join a Wi-Fi network remembered by your device, close the request. Although they can’t see the password on their device, it may be stored in their keychain and they will be able to see it on their Mac. Also, it probably won’t work for some corporate hotspots that use a RADIUS server for authentication.
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