How to Share a Wi-Fi Password From iPhone to Android

It's a bit more complicated than an Airdrop from iPhone to Android

Person using iPhone Codes to share a Wi-Fi password

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The once onerous task of joining a Wi-Fi network has gotten much easier, since there are ways to avoid having to painstakingly type the password into your phone. Two iPhones can effortlessly share a password with a few taps, but if you have an Android phone, it’s not quite so simple to get the password from an iPhone. But once you learn how to share a Wi-Fi password from iPhone to Android, no password typing is required.

The (minor) complication is that starting with iOS 11, the iPhone has the ability to share passwords via Airdrop, but Android phones don’t have Airdrop support. The workaround takes just a few moments to set up, and then can be used over and over again for any Android phones that want to join the network.

How to Share Wi-Fi Password From iPhone to Android

On the iPhone, you start by installing a QR code generator that creates a QR code based on your Wi-Fi network settings. When scanned by the Android phone, the settings can be applied to the phone with a single tap. Here’s how to do it, step by step.

  1. Find the network’s Wi-Fi settings. You need to know the SSID, which is the public name of the network, as well as the Wi-Fi password and type of security (such as WPA, WEP, or none). You may be able to find this information in your Wi-Fi router’s mobile app, or it might be written down near the router.

  2. Install a QR code generator on your iPhone that can create codes based on your Wi-Fi settings. There are a number of apps that do this. Visual Codes is recommended, since it can save multiple Wi-Fi QR codes to your phone for use again later. This example uses the Visual Codes app for the rest of this process, but the exact steps will vary slightly if you use a different QR code app.

  3. Start the Visual Codes app.

  4. Tap Add Codes.

  5. At the bottom of the screen, tap Connect to WiFi.

  6. Type the network’s SSID in the Name field.

    Add Code, Connect to WiFi, SSID in Visual Codes app
  7. Type the Wi-Fi password, and tap the correct security type (it’s almost always WPA).

  8. Type a memorable name for this Wi-Fi connection in the Label field.

  9. Tap Create Code.

  10. Your new code will appear on the Codes page, as part of a list along with any other codes your create for other Wi-Fi networks. Tap an entry to display its QR code.

  11. On the Android phone, start the camera and position the phone so it can scan the code.

    Create Code button, Home Wi-Fi QR code, camera app
  12. When the Wi-Fi network pop-up message appears, tap it to connect automatically to the network.