How to Share a Wi-Fi Password to Mac

The easier way to sign into a wireless network

What to Know

  • Share your iPhone password to Mac by holding it near the Mac, joining the network on Mac, and tapping Share Password on your iPhone. 
  • You need to have your Apple IDs saved to Contacts on both devices.
  • It's impossible to share a Wi-Fi password to Mac using an Android phone.

This article teaches you how to share a Wi-Fi password to a Mac via multiple devices. It also looks at any potential issues and how to fix them.

How Do I Share My Wi-Fi Password From My Phone to My Mac?

It's simple to share your Wi-Fi password from your iPhone or iPad, providing you know where to look. Here's what to do.

This only works with iOS devices, not Android phones or tablets. You also need to have both devices' Apple IDs saved in the other device's Contacts.

  1. Unlock your iOS device. 

  2. On your Mac, click the Wi-Fi icon in the menu bar.

    MacOS desktop with Wi-Fi icon highlighted in menu bar.
  3. Click the network you want to join.

    MacOS desktop with wi-fi networks listed from menu bar and one is highlighted.
  4. On your iPhone, tap Share Password.

  5. Your Mac should now connect to the network. 

Can I Share a Wi-Fi Password to My Computer?

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can share a Wi-Fi password with your Mac by following the steps above. Unfortunately, it's not possible to share your password if you have an Android tablet or phone or use a Windows-based computer.

Instead, the best method is to look up your password on your device and type it in manually. Finding your Wi-Fi password on your PC or Mac is relatively straightforward.

Can You Share Wi-Fi Password From iPhone to Laptop?

It's possible to share your Wi-Fi password from your iPhone to your laptop, but there are a few rules to bear in mind along the way. Here's a look at them.

  • You must be using a Mac-based laptop. You can't share a Wi-Fi password from your iPhone to your Windows-based laptop. The only way to do this is to look up the password and enter it manually.
  • Your iPhone and Mac need to be up to date. Your iPhone needs to be using iOS 11 or above, and your Mac needs to use Big Sur or above to share Wi-Fi passwords.
  • You need to have Apple IDs saved. You need to make sure each device has the other device's Apple ID saved to its Contacts to share Wi-Fi. 
  • The devices need to be physically close to each other. It's not possible to share a password remotely. Both devices need to be physically nearby to do so.

How Do I AirDrop My Wi-Fi Password? 

You can't AirDrop your Wi-Fi password, but you can AirDrop other passwords through a straightforward method. Here's how to do it.

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings.

  2. Tap Passwords.

  3. Enter your iPhone's password or use TouchID or FaceID to log in.

  4. Find the password you wish to AirDrop.

    Steps required on iPhone to find a password to AirDrop.
  5. Tap the Share icon.

  6. Tap the device you wish to AirDrop to in order to share. 

    Steps on iPhone to AirDrop a password.
  • How do I share a Wi-Fi password from my Mac to my iPhone?

    To share a Wi-Fi password from your Mac to your iPhone, move the devices close together and tap Share when joining the network on your iPhone. You can also share with a physical cable by going to System Preferences > Sharing > Internet Sharing on your Mac.

  • How do I change my Wi-Fi password on Mac?

    You can change your Wi-Fi password by logging into your router as an administrator. Find the Wi-Fi password settings, enter a new password, then save the changes.

  • How do I find a Wi-Fi password on my iPhone?

    There is no way to look up a Wi-Fi password on your iPhone unless it is jailbroken. As a workaround, share your iPhone's Wi-Fi with your Mac to view the password on your computer.

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