How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password on Android

Your guests no longer need to type out long passwords

Sharing a Wi-Fi password from an Android smartphone was made more accessible with Android 10. Before that, it was a matter of reading out a long password while the recipient types it out on their device. (Wi-Fi passwords, like all passwords, need to be unique and hard to guess.) With the OS update, Android users can create a QR code in a few steps and share it with an Android or iPhone user.

Need to share a Wi-Fi password from an iPhone? Use Airdrop to share the password with another iOS device. You can share your Wi-Fi password to an Android using a QR code-generating app.

Following this process is also handy if you want to view your Wi-Fi network password, as it will appear on the same screen as the QR code.

Sharing Wi-Fi passwords using this method applies to Android 10 smartphones and later. Older versions of Android, as well as iPhones, can receive Wi-Fi passwords using these instructions if the device supports the Easy Connect Wi-Fi standard.

How to Share a Wi-Fi Password Using a QR Code

Sharing your Wi-Fi password in Android 10 doesn't require an app; you can do it from your settings. The process for sharing is the same, whether you're sharing it with an Android or iPhone user. First, make sure you've connected your Android to the Wi-Fi network your guest wants to join.

Once a device joins the network, you'll receive a notification.

  1. Go to Settings.

  2. Tap Network & internet.

  3. Tap the Wi-Fi network's name.

  4. Tap the settings gear next to the name.

    Sharing a Wi-Fi password using a QR code.
  5. Tap Share.

  6. Your smartphone will ask you to verify the user is you by using your fingerprint or unlock code.

  7. Once you unlock the phone, it will generate a QR code. The password also appears under the QR code, in case a device can't read the QR code or doesn't have a camera.

    Sharing a Wi-Fi password using a QR code.
  8. Repeat this process to generate a QR code every time you need to share your password. If you expect to use this feature a lot, take a screenshot of the QR code, so you don't have to regenerate it repeatedly.

How to Join a Wi-Fi Network via QR Code

If someone shares a Wi-Fi password with you using this process, connecting to the network is simple, whether you have an Android smartphone (including Samsung) or an iPhone.

  1. Open the Camera app on your Android or iPhone.

  2. Position it over the QR code on the other phone's screen.

  3. After the camera reads the code, you'll get a notification to join the network. Tap it to connect.

  4. If your camera doesn't recognize the QR code, type in the password displayed underneath it.