Keeping your network protected with a strong password is an essential cybersecurity practice that you can’t afford to neglect. But this practice can have unforeseen consequences, such as when you decide to add a new device to your network and suddenly realize that you can’t because you don’t remember what the correct password is.
But fear not: you may not remember your WiFi password, but any device that’s already connected to the WiFi network does remember it. By learning how to share your WiFi password, you can avoid having to reset it from your router’s admin panel, which can take a while to do if you’ve changed the default router password in the past.
Still not sure how to share WiFi passwords on your devices? Then continue reading because the following sections explain what you need to do in much greater detail than the quick summary above.
On most Android devices, you can share your WiFi passwords with a few simple taps. Your smartphone or tablet will then display a QR that you can let other people scan. Their devices should recognize that the QR code contains a WiFi password and give them an option to conveniently connect to the associated WiFi network.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
But what if you just want to see what the password is and don’t care about the convenience of using a QR code to connect new devices? In that case, you can take a screenshot of the QR code and decode it using a QR code reader app, such as QR & Barcode Scanner.
Even though it takes some time to explain how to share WiFi passwords on iPhone, the process is actually very simple, and you don’t even have to dig through WiFi settings and mess with QR codes.
Unfortunately, there’s a downside to the simplicity of the iOS password-sharing process: you can only share the network you’re currently connected to. To share the password to any saved WiFi network, you would have to jailbreak your iPhone and use an app like Wifi List. Just keep in mind that jailbreaking is a risky thing to do because it can make your iPhone less secure and stable.
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone:
Even the most recent version of Windows doesn’t make it convenient to share a saved WiFi password with someone else. The best Windows can do is reveal the password of the network you’re connected to, allowing you to share it manually.
Follow these steps to share a saved WiFi password on Windows:
To reveal the password of a saved network you’re not connected to at the moment, you can enter the following command in the command prompt:
netsh wlan show profile WiFiName key=clear
For the command to work, replace “WiFiName” with the actual name of the WiFi network whose password you want to share.
The good news for macOS users is that it’s much easier to learn how to share a WiFi password to Mac and out of Mac than on Windows. That’s because you can find your WiFi passwords conveniently located in the Keychain Access tool.
To retrieve a WiFi password on macOS:
That depends on the device from which you want to share the password. If you have an Android device, then you can generate a QR code, while iOS devices can wirelessly share passwords with known iOS devices attempting to connect to the same WiFi network.
Most Android devices automatically generate QR codes when sharing WiFi passwords, and you can always generate one manually using one of many readily available QR code generators.
Yes, if your WiFi password gets into the wrong hands, an intruder could invade your WiFi network and potentially steal sensitive data.