How to share a Wi-Fi password: Android, iPhone, Mac or Windows

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Good host always sharing Wi-Fi with visitors, but explaining which network to join and writing a password (if you remember at all) can get tedious. Maybe you think you remember, but it just doesn’t work and you insist that your guest has to type it wrong. Then it hits you, you recited the email password. Hey, that can happen to anyone.

There is a much easier way to provide your guests with a Wi-Fi connection. If your router offers the option of creating a roaming network, we recommend it because it helps you maintain more secure Wi-Fi network, then this is the password you should give them. Anyway, here’s how to quickly and easily share Wi-Fi access across different devices.

How to share Wi-Fi on iPhone, iPad or Mac

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Sharing Wi-Fi passwords between Apple devices is very easy, but your visitor must be listed in your contacts and vice versa. Once in your contact list, make sure iPhones on iOS 11 or later, Macs on macOS High Sierra or later, and iPad on iPadOS. Here’s how to share it:

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices, make sure Personal Hotspot is turned off and their device is unlocked nearby.
  2. The device should be connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to share. (Connect to a guest network if that’s what you’re sharing.)
  3. Let your guest choose your Wi-Fi network from the list of available options on their device.
  4. You will receive a pop-up message on your device asking if you want to share your Wi-Fi password.
  5. Touch Share your password.

How to share Wi-Fi on Android

With Android devices, you can use a QR code to share Wi-Fi data, provided it’s phones or tablets with Android 10 or later. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure your device is connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to share and go to Settings,, Network and Internet (it could be called Connections depending on the device), then Wi-Fi.
  2. Touch the gear next to your Wi-Fi network.
  3. Touch Share icon on the right and you should see the QR code on the screen. (You may need to validate this action.)
  4. Have your guest scan the QR code. You can scan QR codes using the usual camera app on most phones, including the iPhone. If your guest has an Android phone, go to on your device Settings,, Connections (or Network and Internet), then Wi-Fi. Scroll down to find where it says Add a network; next to it you will see a QR code icon. Touch it and they can now quickly scan the code.
  5. The code scan should automatically connect the device.

How to find a Wi-Fi password on Windows

Microsoft used to allow you to automatically share your Wi-Fi details with your contacts via something called Wi-Fi Sense, but it was discontinued for security reasons. Unfortunately, here they are now there is no quick and easy way to share your Wi-Fi password with your Windows device. All I can show you is how to find your Wi-Fi password in Windows:

  1. Click the Windows icon, and then click Settings gear icon on the left and select Network and Internet.
  2. Be sure to be on Status in the upper left corner, then select Network and Sharing Center.
  3. Click your grid where it says Connections: Wi-Fi [your network name]. (This won’t work if you’re connected via Ethernet.)
  4. Select Wireless properties in the popup.
  5. Select Security card and highlight Show characters box below Network security key.
  6. Have your guest choose the right network on their device and enter the password you found.

Now that you have connected your guests, read our guides how to speed up Wi-Fi and how to secure it.


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