You know that dreaded moment when you have guests over and they ask for the Wi-Fi password? Now you have to read out a complicated string of letters, numbers, and symbols, or worse – walk to the router and try to figure out where the password is located.
Luckily for you (and your guests), both Google and Apple have built-in ways to quickly and securely share your Wi-Fi password. Here’s how:
Share your Wi-Fi password on Android
Sharing your Wi-Fi password using an Android device is simple with the use of a QR code. By generating a QR code, individuals can scan it to connect to the network automatically.
- Go to Settings > Network and Internet > Wi-Fi.
- Tap on the settings cog next to your network.
- Tap the Share button and authenticate yourself. A screen should come up with a QR code, the name of the Wi-Fi network, and the password.
The location of the Wi-Fi settings on Android devices may vary due to the different skins and versions. For instance, accessing Wi-Fi settings on a Samsung phone may be different from other devices.
- Go to Settings > Connections > Wi-Fi.
- Tap on the settings cog.
- Tap the QR Code in the bottom-left corner. Samsung’s QR code doesn’t include a written password.
Provided the device is relatively up-to-date, scanning the QR code will allow automatic connection to the network. This method works for both Android and iPhone users. If the QR code scan is unsuccessful, the password can be manually entered.
Share your Wi-Fi password on iOS
Apple has included a convenient way to share Wi-Fi passwords with iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. To utilise this feature, both devices must have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, which can be found in the Control Center (swipe down from the top-right corner on devices with Face ID or bottom on devices with a home button). Additionally, both devices must be connected to the same network.
- Tell the person to go to Settings > Wi-Fi. Then tap on your network.
- On your device, you should get a pop-up asking if you want to share your password. Tapping the Share Password button should start the process of getting them online.
If the prompt for sharing the Wi-Fi password is not showing, it may be because both parties have each other’s Apple ID email saved in the Contacts app. To check, go to Settings, tap your name at the top, and make sure the listed email addresses have been added to each other’s contact cards.
If the problem persists, it may be easier to show the password and have the other person type it in manually. If running iOS 16 or later, the password can be found by going to Settings > Wi-Fi, tapping on the blue i button next to the connected network, and then tapping on the password field.
There you have it! Hopefully this helps you avoid explaining that it is a 0 and not an O.
Source: The Verge