How to Share a Wi-Fi Password

Sharing wireless from smartphones and computers

What to Know

  • iOS: Share your Wi-Fi password with other iOS contacts when devices are near each other and the other person tries to sign in.
  • Android: Go to Settings > Network & Internet > tap the gear icon next to your network. Choose share to generate a QR code others can scan.
  • Mac: Works similarly to how you do it on an iOS device. On a Windows computer, it's easier to turn your Wi-Fi into a mobile hotspot.

This article provides instructions for how to share your Wi-Fi password with others, whether they're using an iPhone, Mac, Windows PC, or Android device.

How Do I Share Wi-Fi With Another iPhone?

When folks come into your home, they may want (or need) to use your Wi-Fi to gain access to the internet. If you're using an iPhone, you can easily share your Wi-Fi password without having to look it up, which is good because there isn't a way to look up your Wi-Fi password on your iPhone. You can, however, share the password without looking it up.

Unfortunately, there are a few caveats for this to work:

  • Both you and the recipient need to be using an iPhone.
  • The Apple ID for the person you want to share your Wi-Fi password with must be in your contacts.
  • You both must have Bluetooth turned on.

Once you've met those conditions, then you and your friend should hold your phones near each other while your friend tries to connect to Wi-Fi. You will receive a prompt on your phone to share your Wi-Fi. Tap Share, and your friend should be connected.

You can also share your Wi-Fi password to Android devices from your iPhone. It's not the most straightforward process, though, and you'll need to install a QR code generator to make it happen.

Screenshots of how it appears when you share your Wi-Fi password with another iPhone user.

How Can I Share Wi-Fi From My Phone?

If you have an Android phone, you can also share your Wi-Fi with others that you want to allow to join your network, including iPhones or Android phones. Sharing your Wi-Fi on Android is accomplished using a QR code that you can generate in the Wi-Fi Settings.

How Do I Share Wi-Fi with Someone?

If you're using a computer rather than a mobile device, you can still share your Wi-Fi password; the difference is how you do that.

You can share your Wi-Fi password from a Mac to an iPhone or other iOS device in the same way you share it from iPhone to iPhone (see above). But if you want to share the password with someone using an Android or other device, you'll need to look up your Wi-Fi password to share it with them.

Show password checkbox in macOS

Once you have the password in hand, you can share it with them by writing it down, reading the password to them, or taking a screenshot and sharing it via text message or email. Be cautious when using the screenshot method or writing the password down because you don't want it to fall into the wrong hands.

You can also share your internet connection on a Mac using Wi-Fi, but it's an entirely separate and somewhat complicated process.

If you want to share your Wi-Fi password from a Windows computer, the easiest way to manage this is to turn your network into a mobile hotspot. If you don't want to turn your system into a mobile hotspot, then you can use Wi-Fi Sense to share your Wi-Fi password with other computers trying to connect to your network. Or, if you prefer, you can look up your Wi-Fi password and share it by writing it down, taking a screenshot, or some other manual method.

Show characters in Network Properties dialog

The easiest way to find your Wi-Fi password if you're going this route is to look on your router or modem. The network Wi-Fi password is often on a sticker on the back of the router or modem. If it's not there, then you'll need to do some digging to find it. Usually, it will be in the Wireless Network Properties on Windows or in Keychain Access on a Mac.

  • How do I share Wi-Fi from an iPhone to a Mac?

    To share a Wi-Fi password to Mac, unlock your iOS device and click the Wi-Fi icon on your Mac's menu bar. Click the network you want to join; on your iPhone, tap Share Password. Your Mac should now connect to your iPhone's Wi-Fi network.

  • How do I share Wi-Fi from an iPhone to a Windows laptop?

    To share your iPhone's Wi-Fi with a Windows device, ensure Wi-Fi is enabled on your iPhone, and then launch the Settings app on your Windows PC. Select Network & Internet > Wi-Fi and choose Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Select Manage Known Networks and choose the iPhone's Wi-Fi network.

  • How do I share Wi-Fi from Mac to Mac?

    To share your Mac's Wi-Fi connection with another Mac, go to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences > Sharing > Internet Sharing. When you see Share your connection from, select your Ethernet adapter and click Wi-Fi options. Configure your settings and place checks in the boxes next to Wi-Fi and Internet Sharing. Click Start when prompted.

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