How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password from Your Phone
Sharing your Wi-Fi password from your phone or computer is a much easier alternative to reading your password out loud or even requiring your visiting guest to read it off a screen or piece of paper. Instead, you can grant Wi-Fi access directly from your phone or computer to your friend or family member’s device — all while keeping your Wi-Fi password private and secure.
This avoids the temptation to create an easy Wi-Fi password and never change it just for the sake of ease when new people want to join your network. Using a secure password and changing your password a couple times a year are good security measures, and you shouldn’t override them just for easy Wi-Fi sharing. Instead, you can easily share your Wi-Fi password via your phone or computer. As long as a visitor or guest knows your Wi-Fi network name, you can give them access to the network by approving their password-sharing request on your device.
Sharing your Wi-Fi password from your phone is easy. But first, ensure your wireless network is secure and has a strong password. Then, follow these steps in order to share your Wi-Fi password from your iPhone or iPad,Android devices or computer.
Share Wi-Fi Password from iPhones
You can share a Wi-Fi password from iPhones or other iOS devices, including iPad or iPod touch (if you still own one of these!). However, your device and the one you are sharing your Wi-Fi network password with must have the latest iOS or iPadOS installed. If you are sharing it with someone using a computer, their machine must be running macOS High Sierra, which was released in 2017, or a later version.
Before you begin, turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices. Make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network on the device you want to share the password from. If either device has Personal Hotspot turned on, turn it off.
Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID on your iPhone if you aren’t already logged in. Make sure the person you want to share your Wi-Fi password with has the email address you use for your Apple ID saved in their Contacts, and then make sure you have their email address saved in your Contacts.
Make sure the devices are within Bluetooth range of each other (about 30 feet), and then you can share your Wi-Fi password.
On your visitor’s device, have them select your Wi-Fi network. Then, proceed with the following steps on your own device.
- From your Home screen, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- Select the network.
- On the popup asking if you want to share the password with your contact, tap Share Password and then tap Done.
Share Wi-Fi Password on Android Phones
You can also share a Wi-Fi password on Android phones with people nearby. Although the exact menu item names may vary depending on the Android version or type of phone you’re using, the steps are similar.
- Open Settings on your Android device. You can do this from the All Apps screen on your phone or by swiping down from the top of the screen and tapping the gear icon.
- Go to the Wi-Fi menu, which may be in Wi-Fi and network, Network & internet or Connections.
- Tap the gear icon next to your Wi-Fi network.
- Select a sharing option. For instance, some phones may say Share, QR code or Nearby Share.
- If using a QR code, allow the other person to scan the code on your screen.
- If using Nearby Share, tap Turn On and hold your phone close to your friend’s device. Then, tap their device when it appears under Looking for nearby devices and tap Done.
Share Wi-Fi Password from PCs
While there is no direct way to share Wi-Fi password from computers using Windows, there is a workaround. If you are unable to remember your Wi-FI password, you can access the password in your network settings and show the password to someone nearby or read it to them.
To access and share Wi-Fi password from PCs, select Start and go to Settings.
In the Settings window, select Network & Internet.
Under Advanced Network Settings, choose Network and Sharing Center.
Look for Access Type and Connections in the View Your Active Networks section and click on the name of your Wi-Fi network. A Wi-Fi Status box will open.
Click the Wireless Properties button to open the Network Properties dialog box. Next, select the Security tab on the dialog box.
Under Network Security Key, select the Show Characters check box. The Wi-Fi password will appear. You can read it, write it down or copy and paste it to send it.
Share Wi-Fi Password from Macs
Finally, you can also share Wi-Fi password from Mac computers with a nearby iPhone, iPad or another Mac, provided you are logged into the Wi-Fi network.
Your Mac must be running macOS High Sierra or later. In addition, the device you are sharing your Wi-Fi network password with must have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS installed or be running macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later.
Before you begin, unlock your Mac and make sure you are connected to the Wi-Fi network and signed into your Apple ID account. You’ll also need to ensure the person you want to share your Wi-Fi password with is signed in with their Apple ID on their device, and you are in one another’s Contacts list. The device will also need to be close to your computer.
- On the device you want to share the Wi-Fi password with, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and select the Wi-Fi network name.
- Wait for a Wi-Fi Password notification on your Mac asking if you want to share your Wi-Fi password with the other device and select Share.
Tricia Goss is a writer who is passionate about helping readers and small business owners learn ways to benefit from and simplify technology. She enjoys taking complex topics and breaking them down into easy-to-understand pieces. Tricia writes helpful articles on topics such as marketing, finance, customer service, and more. She lives in Texas with her husband and cocker spaniel named Gus.