A good host always shares Wi-Fi with visitors, but explaining which network to join and spell the password (if you even remember it) can get tedious. Maybe you thought you remember it, but it just doesn’t work and you insist that your guest has to type it wrong. Then it hits you, you recited your email password. Hey, it can happen to anyone.
There is a much easier way to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to your guests. If your router offers the ability to create a guest network, which we recommend because it helps you maintain a secure Wi-Fi network, then this is the password you need to give them. Either way, here’s how to share Wi-Fi access quickly and easily across different devices.
How to share your Wi-Fi on iPhone, iPad or Mac
Sharing Wi-Fi passwords between Apple devices is very easy, but your visitor must be listed in your contacts and vice versa. Once you’re in each other’s contact list, make sure iPhones are on iOS 11 or later, Macs on macOS High Sierra or later, and iPads on iPadOS. Here’s how to share it:
- Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices, make sure the Personal Hotspot is turned off, and their device is unlocked and nearby.
- Your device must be connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to share. (Connect to the guest network if that’s what you’re sharing.)
- Ask your guest to select your Wi-Fi network from the list of options available on their device.
- You will receive a pop-up message on your device asking if you want to share your Wi-Fi password.
- Faucet Share password.
How to share your Wi-Fi on Android
With Android devices, you can use a QR code to share Wi-Fi details, provided the phones or tablets in question are on Android 10 or later. Here’s how:
- Make sure your device is connected to the Wi-Fi network you want to share and go to Settings, Network and Internet (we could call it Connections depending on your device), then Wireless.
- Tap the cog next to your Wi-Fi network.
- Press the To share on the right and you should see a QR code on the screen. (You might need to authenticate this action.)
- Ask your guest to scan the QR code. You can scan QR codes using the standard camera app with most phones, including iPhones. If your guest has an Android phone, on their device, head to Settings, Connections (or Network and Internet), then Wireless. Scroll down to find where it says Add network; next to it you will see a QR code icon. Tap on it and they can now quickly scan the code.
- Scanning the code should automatically connect the device.
How to find your Wi-Fi password in Windows
Previously, Microsoft allowed you to automatically share your Wi-Fi information with your contacts through something called Wi-Fi Sense, but it was removed due to security concerns. Unfortunately there is now no quick and easy way to share a Wi-Fi password from a Windows device. All I can show you is how to find your Wi-Fi password in Windows:
- Click the Windows icon, then click the Settings gear icon on the left and choose Network and Internet.
- Make sure you are on the Status tab at the top left, then choose Network and sharing center.
- Click on your network where it is written Connections: Wi-Fi [your network name]. (It will not work if you are connected via Ethernet.)
- To choose Wireless properties in the pop-up window.
- Select the Security tab and check the Show characters box under the Network security key.
- Ask your guest to choose the correct network on their device and enter the password you found.
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