How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password From Your Phone

Share your network password whether you have an iPhone or Android.

Sharing your Wi-Fi network’s password is convenient for guests and family members who need access to the internet. What you don’t want is to send your Wi-Fi password through text, email, or on a piece of paper. After all, you don’t want everyone passing around your network’s password like a free concert ticket.

Luckily, you can share a Wi-Fi network’s password using Bluetooth or a QR code. Android supports the latter while Apple devices use Bluetooth to share passwords between them. You’ll need a third-party app to share your Wi-Fi password from an iPhone to Android, however.

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Sharing your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to iPhone

Sharing a Wi-Fi password between Apple devices is a quick and seamless process. However, you cannot AirDrop a Wi-Fi password—that tool is used to send passwords related to apps, websites, and services.

These instructions also work on an iPad, although they focus on iPhones.

Part 1—Get the iPhones ready

iOS 14 Wi-Fi Bluetooth Toggles

Step 1: Swipe a finger down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.

Step 2: Tap on the Bluetooth icon if it’s white. If the icon is blue, then Bluetooth is already enabled, and you can proceed to the next step.

Step 3: With the Control Center still open, verify that Wi-Fi is turned on. The icon should be blue. If not, tap on the icon to toggle it on.

Step 4: Ensure that both phones are signed in to iCloud with the proper Apple IDs and that the recipient has the sender’s associated email address saved in the Contacts app.

Pro tip:

Ensure that both devices are within range of each other before you try to send the password from one device to the other.

Part 2—On the iPhone receiving the password

Step 1: Tap to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on the Wi-Fi option.

Step 3: Tap on the Wi-Fi network you want to access and wait.

Part 3—On the iPhone sending the password

iOS 14 Send Wi-Fi Password

Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi network you intend to share.

Step 1: Tap to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on the Wi-Fi option.

Step 3: Tap on the network you want to share.

Step 4: Tap Share Password on the slide-up menu.

Pro tip:

If you ever need to change your Wi-Fi network’s name or password, check out our guide providing quick and easy instructions. We also provide instructions on how to set up a guest Wi-Fi network if you’d rather not share your main network’s password.

Sharing your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to Android

Apple’s iOS and iPadOS don’t have a built-in feature to share your Wi-Fi network password to Android phones. Instead, you need a third-party app that will generate a scannable QR code.

In this example, we will use Visual Codes. It’s free to use, but you can unlock the Share & Print Codes feature for $0.99 and the Save Scanned Codes component for another $1.99—neither are required to share your password.

Part 1—On the iPhone

Share with Visual Codes

Step 1: Tap to open the Visual Codes app.

Step 2: Tap the blue Add Code button.

Step 3: Tap Connect to Wi-Fi on the following screen.

Step 4: Enter your Wi-Fi network’s name in the Name field.

Step 5: Enter your Wi-Fi network’s password in the Password field.

Step 6: Enter a name in the Label field.

Step 7: Tap the blue Create Code button.

Step 8: Tap Create Code again in the prompt to finish.

Step 9: On the main Codes screen, tap on the code you just created to present the scannable QR code (shown below).

Part 2—On the Android phone

Android Get Wi-Fi Password

Step 1: Tap to open the Camera app.

Step 2: Point your Android phone’s camera at the QR code displayed on the iPhone so that you can clearly read the QR code.

Step 3: Tap on the pop-up bubble that appears on your Android phone’s screen to connect it to the shared Wi-Fi network.

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Sharing your Wi-Fi passwords from Android to all phones

The beauty of Android is that manufacturers can modify it to make their devices stand out from the competition. Unfortunately, that means the instructions are slightly different between stock Android on Google’s Pixel phones and modified versions installed on third-party phones from Samsung and LG.

Part 1a—Generate a code on a Pixel phone (stock Android 11)

If you have a Samsung phone, skip to Part 1b.

Android 11 Share Wi-Fi Password

Step 1: Expand the Quick Settings menu and tap the gear icon to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on Network & internet on the following screen.

Step 3: Tap on Wi-Fi.

Step 4: Tap on the cog icon displayed next to your network’s name.

Step 5: Tap on the Share button.

Step 6: Verify your identity to share. The scannable QR code should now appear on your screen.

Pro tip:

With the QR code now presented on your Pixel phone, you can open the Camera app on any other Android phone and scan the displayed code.

Part 1b—Generate a code on a Samsung phone (modified Android 10/11)

Samsung uses a different interface, so we need slightly different instructions.

Samsung Share Wi-Fi Password

Step 1: Expand the Quick Settings menu and tap the gear icon to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on the Wi-Fi option.

Step 3: Tap on Connections.

Step 4: Tap on the cog icon displayed next to your network’s name.

Step 5: Tap on the QR Code tab displayed in the bottom left corner. The scannable QR code should now appear on your screen.

Pro tip:

With the QR code now presented on your Samsung phone, you can open the Camera app on any other Android phone and scan the code.

Part 2a—Scan the code using an iPhone’s Camera app

Step 1: Tap to open the Camera app.

Step 2: Point your iPhone’s camera at the Android device’s screen so that you can clearly read the QR code.

Step 3: Tap on the Join “[Name]” Network Wi-Fi QR Code notification.

Pro tip:

Learn how to forget a Wi-Fi network on your devices.

Part 2b—Scan the code using an iPhone’s QR scanner

iPhone Enable QR Scanner

Beginning with iOS 12, Apple provides a built-in QR scanner that you can use outside the Camera app. However, it may not be visible in the Control Center. Here’s how to enable and use it:

Step 1: Tap to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Tap on Control Center.

Step 3: Tap on the green Plus symbol next to Code Scanner listed under More Controls.

Step 4: Swipe a finger down from the top right corner to open the Control Center.

Step 5: Tap on the QR scanner icon as shown above.

Step 6: Point your iPhone’s camera at the Android device’s screen so that you can clearly read the QR code.

Step 7: Tap on the prompt to connect.

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FAQ about sharing your Wi-Fi password

What is a QR code?

A Quick Response (QR) code is a matrix barcode that stores information using a random pattern of pixels. It was invented by Japanese company Denso Wave in 1994 to better track parts and vehicles during manufacturing.1

Unlike standard barcodes that are read in only one direction, QR codes are read from top to bottom, and from left to right. As a result, QR codes contain more data. They’re used to store website addresses, passwords, payment information, and more.

Apple added native QR scanning to its Camera app in iOS 11—the standalone QR scanner appeared in iOS 12. Android’s Camera app began supporting native QR code scanning in version 9 (Pie).

Do I need a standalone app to scan QR codes?

No, you do not need a third-party app to scan QR codes. Apple and Android devices have native tools to scan QR codes. You need only the Visual Codes app for iOS and iPadOS to create a scannable QR code for Android devices.

Sources

1. Kaspersky, “QR Code Security: What Are QR Codes and Are They Safe to Use?,” Accessed July 12, 2021.

Author -

Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At HighSpeedInternet.com, he focuses on internet security.

Editor - Cara Haynes

Cara Haynes has been editing and writing in the digital space for seven years, and she's edited all things internet for HighSpeedInternet.com for five years. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in editing from Brigham Young University. When she's not editing, she makes tech accessible through her freelance writing for brands like Pluralsight. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span.

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