How to Share a Wi-Fi Password On iPhone, Mac, and Android

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Last Updated: May 6, 2022 | Published: Dec 1, 2021

Sharing your Wi-Fi doesn’t mean you have to give out your password. Different devices have separate processes, but you can share your Wi-Fi password on Apple and Android devices quickly and securely by following the step-by-step instructions in this guide.

How to Share a Wi-Fi Password: iPhone to iPhone

Apple makes sharing Wi-Fi passwords between its devices seamless, as long as you’re using the most recent version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS High Sierra.

Share WiFi Password on iPhone
Share WiFi Password on iPhone

Set Up Before You Start

  • Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both the iPhone you’re sharing from and the device you’re sharing to. If you are having trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi network, check out our How to Troubleshoot Home Wi-Fi and Router Issues guide.
  • Ensure the personal hotspot is turned off on both devices.
  • Make sure your visitor is listed in your Contacts using their Apple ID email address. If they are not, add them.
  • Both devices must be within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.

Follow These Steps to Share Your Wi-Fi Password

Step 1: Ensure your device is unlocked, and connect it to the Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: On the second device to which you’re connecting, select the desired Wi-Fi network. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, and click the desired network.

Step 3: On your device, a Wi-Fi Password notification will pop up asking if you want to share. Click Share.

How to Share a Wi-Fi Password: Mac to iPhone

The above steps work for iPhone-to-iPad sharing as well. If you’re trying to share a Wi-Fi password from a Mac to an iPhone, select the desired network on your iPhone. It should be the same network the Mac is connected to. The Mac will have a pop-up asking if you want to share passwords with the iPhone. Allow it to share the password to connect your iPhone.

If you are not able to share the desired network’s password, try the following troubleshooting tips:

  • Restart both devices and try again.
  • Be sure both devices have the latest software and have each other as contacts. You will need to save each other’s iCloud email addresses in Contacts.
  • Place the devices next to each other.

How to Share a Wi-Fi Password: Android

The process for sharing a Wi-Fi password from your Android device involves generating a QR code using a built-in or third-party QR code scanner. It requires a couple more steps than iOS password sharing, but it is not difficult to do if you follow the instructions below.

Follow These Steps to Share Your Wi-Fi Password

Step 1: Go to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi, and press the gear icon on the right side of the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.

How to Share WiFi Password Android Settings
How to Share WiFi Password Android
Sharing WiFi Password on Android

Step 2: Once the network details display, click the QR code icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen. The QR code will appear on your screen.

Share password with QR code
How to Share WiFi Password Android QR code

Step 3: If prompted, enter your password or use your fingerprint to verify your identity. Once verified, a QR code will display. (Hint: You can take a screenshot of the QR code to avoid repeating these steps.)

Step 4: On the phone that’s trying to connect, open the camera to scan the QR code.

Step 5: The Wi-Fi network name will appear under the QR code. Tap the name of the network to connect.

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

Sharing Wi-Fi passwords from iPhones to Android devices requires iPhone users to download a QR-code-generating app. The most popular apps are Visual Codes and Qrafter, both of which have free versions. Both apps require you to enter the name of the network — known as the service set identifier, or SSID — and network password to generate the QR code.

Once the QR code has been generated, Android users can scan it and connect to the network.

Cybersecurity and Password Sharing

You should share your Wi-Fi password only with people you know and trust. There are always risks to allowing someone to access your router, so be sure to secure your wireless network. Even if someone is trustworthy, they may inadvertently open the door to viruses or malware or burn up your data plan limits. Because of security risks, it’s usually best to politely say “no” to a friendly neighbor who wants to join your Wi-Fi network.

There are many measures you can take, including using a guest network, to protect your home and mobile devices. The bottom line: Proceed with caution whenever you share your network password.