Typing old passwords to join a Wi-Fi network is always a hassle. Thankfully, iOS has a handy little feature that allows you to share your Wi-Fi router password from a connected iPhone to another iPhone.
You don’t have to type long strings or even try to remember complex passwords. Tap the button on the iPhone to connect to the network and friends or family members can join the same Wi-Fi network without having to enter the password yourself. How did it happen? Let’s see step by step.
Checklist For Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords Between iPhones
There are five conditions you should remember to check before you share the Wi-Fi password from your iPhone:
- Unlock both iPhones and bring them closer to each other.
- Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for iPhone from Settings or Control Center (one phone should already be connected to Wi-Fi).
- See if the email addresses used with the respective Apple IDs are stored in each other’s contacts.
- Make sure both iPhones have the latest iOS version.
- Both devices must be signed in to iCloud.
Check the above checklist and if everything is fine, then both phones are ready to share passwords between them.
How to Share Wi-Fi Password From iPhone to iPhone
Connect one of the iPhones (let’s call it the donor) to your Wi-Fi. The other iPhone (let’s call it the receiver) has Wi-Fi enabled but is waiting for the password to connect. Keep the two phones within Bluetooth range, then:
- On the recipient’s phone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- Tap the name of the network you want to join under the name on the list Choose a Network.
- A password field appears on the screen, with a description below it to suggest how you can share Wi-Fi passwords between iOS devices.
- Unlock the donor iPhone and hold it close to the recipient’s iPhone. The donor device will display a prompt on the home screen asking for permission to share the Wi-Fi password with the recipient device. Tap Share Password and the receiving device will retrieve the password and connect to the same Wi-Fi.
- No popups Share Password on the donor screen? Just turn the iPhone display off and on again to make the sharing prompt appear again.
There he is! You’ve just saved precious seconds to avoid typing complex passwords.
How Does Sharing Passwords Between Two iPhones Work?
This unlimited password sharing was introduced by Apple in iOS 11. Password sharing works over Bluetooth, which is why you shouldn’t forget to turn on Bluetooth for both devices and keep them close.
All passwords are stored in your Keychain on the device. It’s a relatively safe way to share, as there’s no way to read Wi-Fi passwords directly from your iPhone unless you jailbreak the device.
You can continue to share Wi-Fi passwords without looking elsewhere. However, if you forget your router password, you can recover the Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 or Mac, log into your router, or hard reset the router if all else fails.
If Wi-Fi Password Sharing Doesn’t Work
There may be instances when sharing a Wi-Fi password between two iPhones doesn’t work. This could be one of the five factors in the checklist above. If not, try these steps:
- Restarting one or both phones can fix minor glitches.
- Make sure both your iPhones are within range of each other and also not in a Wi-Fi dead zone.
- See if the router is working. If not, try disabling and enabling it or perform the Wi-Fi router troubleshooting steps to resolve the issue.
- One of the phones may have a different iOS version. To check the software version of your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If iOS is up to date, you’ll see a message that says Your software is up to date. If the screen suggests an update, go ahead and install it.
- The receiving device may have used a wireless signal in the past. If so, try using the options Forget This Network next to the connection name in Settings and try again.
- You can reset your network settings if connectivity issues are an advanced problem. open Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will delete all existing Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, VPN, and APN settings on the phone. Due to all the hassle, it is better to avoid this nuclear option and manually enter the password on the recipient’s phone.
How Often Do You Share Your Wi-Fi Password
There are many reasons not to share your router password. But it’s also hard to say no to friends and family. Sharing your Wi-Fi password without revealing it is the best of both worlds.
Typing the crazy alphanumeric combinations that the password manager gives you is another chore. Also, suggest this method to others if you want to use their Wi-Fi network. This method will also help reduce the risk of giving someone else your carefully crafted secure password.