How to Share WiFi Password? [Beginner-Friendly]

Velina Nenova
Velina Nenova

Updated · Sep 07, 2022


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Sometimes, you forget your Wi-Fi password and don’t know how to extract it from your device.

Other times, you need to share it with friends or family but don’t know where to find it.

Sounds familiar?

Here is the solution:

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password?

People use Wi-Fi passwords on their personal computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. There is a way to find or share the Wi-Fi connection on each device.

Let’s follow the process below:

On iPhone/iPad (iOS)

You can share the password with someone on your contacts list within the Apple ecosystem.

Here’s how:

Contacts Only Password Sharing

You can share a Wi-Fi password on iPhone if both devices have the latest iOS.

  1. Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on each device
  2. Turn off Personal Hotspot
  3. Log into iCloud with your Apple ID
  4. Save the other person’s Apple ID email in your Contacts
  5. Make sure they have your email saved in their Contacts
  6. Unlock your device
  7. Check if you’re connected to the Wi-Fi you want to share
  8. Choose your Wi-Fi network on the other device
  9. Click on Share Password on your device
  10. Tap Done

Remember that both devices must be within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.

Technically, you can’t directly extract the Wi-Fi password on iOS devices, but here you can find some tricks on how to do that. 

On Android

You can share a Wi-Fi password on Android instead of providing the old-school series of numbers and letters.

Try one of the methods below:

Using a QR Code

The QR code method works on all the latest versions of Android.

1. Connect to the Wi-Fi network

2. Go to Settings–Connections

3. Enter the Wi-Fi menu

Wi-Fi menu selected

4. Tap on the gear icon next to the Wi-Fi connection you’d like to share

Gear icon next to the Wi-Fi connection selected

5. In Advanced settings, choose the QR code icon on the bottom left

Advanced settings menu open and QR code chosen

6. Scan the QR code with the camera of the other Android device to connect it to your Wi-Fi

QR code open and scanned

You can see the actual Wi-Fi password under the QR code on some devices.

Using Nearby Sharing

The Nearby option is convenient when sharing a Wi-Fi password between devices close to each other.

On Android 12, the steps are as follows:

1. Go to SettingsNetwork and Internet–Internet

2. Click on your Wi-Fi network from the list of options

3. Select the Share button with the QR code above it

4. Choose Nearby just below the QR code

5. The user of the other Android smartphone/tablet must tap on the notification that a device nearby is sharing

6. Select the other device’s name when it appears on your screen

7. Click Accept on the other smartphone/tablet

After that, the other Android device should automatically connect to your Wi-Fi.

On Windows

Wi-Fi sharing on Windows starts with finding the password on your PC which can be done by following a few simple steps:

1. Press the Windows button on your computer/laptop

2. Type Control Panel and open it

Control Panel option open

3. Tap on Network and Internet

Network and Internet option selected

4. Click on Network and Sharing Center

5. Choose Wi-Fi next to Connections

Choosing Wi-Fi option next to Connections

6. Pick Wireless Properties

Wireless Properties selected

7. Navigate to the Security tab

8. Tick Show Characters, and you’ll see the password

Show Characters ticked

You can take a screenshot or write the password down on a piece of paper. You can also copy and share it with others.

On Mac

If you’re connected to Wi-Fi on Mac, you can share your password with an iPad, iPhone, or another Mac nearby.

Steps on How to Share a Wi-Fi Password with Mac

  1. Unlock your Mac
  2. Connect to your Wi-Fi
  3. Log into your Apple ID
  4. Check if the other person’s Apple ID is in your Contacts
  5. Make sure the other device is near your Mac
  6. Choose your Wi-Fi network’s name on the other device
  7. Click on the Wi-Fi password share notification that appears on your screen

Speaking of Wi-Fi names:

Some people get really creative with naming their Wi-Fi connections and give them funny names. While you can choose a less humorous option, make sure it’s recognizable and doesn’t give away your password!

Locate the Wi-Fi Network Password on Mac

If you’ve forgotten your Wi-Fi password, there is a way to find it on Mac.

Just follow this process:

  1. Go to Finder
  2. Choose Applications
  3. Click on Utilities
  4. Pick Keychain Access
  5. Navigate to the System section
  6. Find and click on your Wi-Fi connection from the saved networks list
  7. Tick the Show Password field

You may have to enter your user account administrator password before gaining access to the Wi-Fi password.

Wrap Up

Wi-Fi password sharing is a convenient and quick way to connect another device to the internet.

On Mac, Android, and iOS, there’s an option to share the password without typing it in manually. 

On Windows, however, you’ll have to use the old-school way of sharing.


How can I share Wi-Fi from my iPhone?

You can share a Wi-Fi password on iPhone by following these steps:

  1. Update both iPhones’ software to at least iOS 11
  2. Make sure you have each other’s Apple IDs in your Contacts
  3. Connect the sharing iPhone to your Wi-Fi
  4. Open Settings on the receiving phone
  5. Pick Wi-Fi
  6. Choose your Wi-Fi network
  7. Press Send Password on the sharing iPhone’s notification screen
  8. Tap Done

How do I share my Wi-Fi on someone else's phone?

There are two ways to share a Wi-Fi connection with another phone:

  • The traditional way — writing the password down or copying it
  • Sharing the password with a QR code on Android or with Apple ID contacts on iPhone

You decide how to share your Wi-Fi password, but remember that the first method is not considered safe.

Use strong, complex passwords with capital and small letters, numbers, and symbols for more security.

Why can't I share my Wi-Fi password with another iPhone?

If you’re having difficulty sharing your internet password on iPhone, try these suggestions:

  • Restart both devices
  • Check whether both iPhones have the latest iOS version
  • Disconnect the sharing device from Wi-Fi and reconnect it again
  • Restart the router


Velina Nenova

Velina Nenova

Velina describes herself as passionate media savvy and a versatile individual with numerous different interests, most a result of her Media & Communications BA. She has also developed a keen interest in Digital Marketing and Advertising. Her never-ending desire to constantly learn new things and enrich herself and her ultimate dream to go around the globe before 45 are her driving forces.

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