How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password from Your iPhone

This article guide you use your iPhone to allow another device to connect to the private wireless network without manual password entry step by step.


Campbell Adams | Last Updated: Aug 31, 2021
5-year smartphone engineer, with rich experience in iOS software issues. He presents the most actionable solutions for readers in the most easy-to-understand manner.

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Password from Your iPhone

Do you know that you can share the password of your Wi-Fi network from an iPhone to other de-vices without entering it manually? If not, do not worry because this article explains how you can achieve this.

Part 1: Before you begin

Before you start following the steps, ensure that;

1. Your iPhones are running on the latest iOS version, and your Mac is on macOS High Sier-ra or later.

2. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the two devices and if any of them contains a Personal Hotspot, ensure it is turned off.

3. Use Apple ID to sign in to iCloud and make sure that the email used with each Apple ID is saved in the other person's contacts.

4. The devices are within the range of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Part 2: How to share your Wi-Fi password

Before iOS 11 was released, sharing passwords for Wi-Fi with other Apple users was difficult because one had to download a third-party app. However, this was solved after its introduction. Sharing password enables the user not to disclose their password to other people.

To share password;

1. Launch the Settings app on your phone. It is represented by an icon shaped like a gear on the home screen of your iPhone.

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2. Click on Bluetooth and turn it on.

3. Go to the settings app again and click on Wi-Fi

4. Ensure that Wi-Fi is on and then sign in to the Wi-Fi network by tapping on its name and keying in your information for logging in. Skip this step if your device automatically signs in to the network.

5. On the phone that requires the password for the Wi-Fi, launch the Settings app.

6. Click on Wi-Fi. If you are sharing your Wi-Fi password with a Mac user, select the Wi-Fi icon on the right top corner of your screen. When a drop-down menu appears, choose a Wi-Fi network.

7. Select the Wi-Fi network connected to the iPhone that will share the password.

8. Do not key in the password when asked to do so.

9. On your iPhone, which is connected to the network, go to Wi-Fi.

10. When a pop-up window appears, tap on Share Password. Both devices should be within the range of Bluetooth.

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11. The other devices will receive the network's password and can connect to it.

Part 3: Sharing Wi-Fi Password from Mac to iPhone

To share the network's password while using the two devices, follow these steps;

1. Connect your Mac to Wi-Fi.

2. Launch the Settings application on your iPhone and then click on Wi-Fi.

3. Choose the network your Mac is connected to, and then your iPhone will prompt you to key in a password for the network.

4. When the notification for sharing the Wi-Fi password appears on your Mac's screen, choose the option labeled share. If the option does not appear, move the cursor on top of the notification and select Options, then Share.

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5. Your iPhone will receive the password for the network and sign in to the network with it

Part 4: What to Do When iPhone Wi-Fi Sharing is Not Working

Sometimes, you may experience some problems while sharing a network's password among vari-ous devices. To solve this, you can try the following ways;

1. Restart the devices.

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2. Ensure that the devices are using the latest versions of software. If you want to update your iPhone, launch Settings, click on Software Update, and then "Download and install op-tion." When the option for updating your iPhone does not appear, know it is updated.

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3. Disconnect your iPhone from the network and then reconnect it. To achieve this, launch the Settings app, select Wi-Fi, and click on the network's name. Click on the icon labeled "i" and then the option marked "Forget this Network." After forgetting the network, recon-nect to it.

4. Reset settings for network on the iPhone. To achieve this, launch Settings, then click on Reset, followed by Reset Network Settings.

5. You can also try rebooting your router if all the above methods fail.

Still, need help?

Have you tried the above methods, and the problem for sharing your Wi-Fi password persists? Then you can try the steps below;

1. If the setup animation fails to appear, restart your devices and then try again.

2. If your network's password cannot be shared, the other device user can key in the pass-word manually.


In summary, after the release of iOS 11, Apple included a feature that enables an iPhone user to share Wi-Fi passwords to other people using an iPhone, iPad, or those using Mac operating on macOS Sierra or a later version. Before its release, iPhone users had to install a third-party app to share Wi-Fi passwords. This article has introduced steps for sharing the password.

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