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How to Share WiFi Password on Any Device

Connect a new device to your WiFi network by learning how to share the WiFi password on any device.
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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.

  • Android: Open the Settings app and go to WiFi settings. There, tap the network you want to share and wait for a QR code to be generated. Scan the QR code using the device you want to connect.
  • iOS: Tap the Share Password button on your device when a new device whose Apple ID email address is saved in your contacts attempts to connect to the same network you’re already connected to.
  • Windows: Open the Control Panel and go to the Network and Sharing Center. There, display more information about your current network and reveal its password. Use the password to connect a new device.
  • macOS: Launch the Keychain Access tool and look for an entry corresponding to your WiFi network. Double-click the entry and click the Show password checkbox to reveal the password. Use the password to connect a new device.

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.

How to Share WiFi Password on Android

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:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Android device.
Launch the Settings app on your Android
  1. Navigate to the WiFi section (where all available networks are listed).
Navigate to the WiFi section
  1. Tap any saved network to share its password. On some devices, it may be necessary to first display network details before an option that lets you share the network becomes visible.
Keychain Access Search

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.

How to Share WiFi Password on iOS

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:

  1. Make sure the person with whom you want to share your WiFi password is in your contacts and you are in theirs (your Apple ID email addresses must be included, and both devices must be signed in to iCloud with them).
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone Step 1
  1. Enable Bluetooth and WiFi on your iPhone and the iPhone you want to share your password with.
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone Step 2
  1. Unlock your iPhone and connect to the WiFi network you want to share.
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone Step 3
  1. Attempt to connect to the same network on the other iPhone.
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone Step 4
  1. Your iPhone should automatically display a prompt, giving you the option to share your WiFi password. Tap the Share Password button to confirm.
How to share WiFi password from iPhone to iPhone Step 5

How to Share WiFi Password on Windows

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:

  1. Open the Control Panel.
Open the Control Panel
  1. Navigate to Network and Internet and then go to Network and Sharing Center.
Network and Sharing Center
  1. Display the details of the network you’re connected to.
Display the details of the network
  1. Click the Wireless Properties button.
  1. Switch to the Security tab.
 Wireless Properties
  1. Click the Show characters checkbox under Network security key.
Show characters checkbox under Network security key
  1. Remember the password and use it to connect a new device.
Remember the password

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.

How to Share My WiFi Password on macOS

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:

  1. Launch Spotlight (Command + Space) and use it to open the Keychain Access tool.
Keychain Access application
  1. Enter the name of the WiFi network you want to share in the search bar.
Keychain Access Search
  1. Double-click the relevant Keychain Access entry.
  2. Click the Show password checkbox.
Click the Show password checkbox
  1. Enter your admin password and confirm.
Keychain Access administrator’s password

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How to share WiFi password — FAQs

How Can I Share My WiFi with Someone’s Phone?

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.

How Can I Share My WiFi Password with a QR Code?

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.

Are There Any Risks of Sharing My WiFi Password?

Yes, if your WiFi password gets into the wrong hands, an intruder could invade your WiFi network and potentially steal sensitive data.

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