Nowadays, everyone wants to be in a Wi-Fi zone. As mobile data plans are getting expensive day by day, being in a Wi-Fi area is the safest bet to save some money. For Apple users, there is an added benefit to the ecosystem.
They can share Wi-Fi with other iPhones easily, without dictating or revealing the password of their Wi-Fi. Until iOS 11, this wasn’t possible officially, but with the help of third-party apps. However, with the launch of iOS 11, you can now natively share Wi-Fi passwords between apple devices.
If you have multiple Apple devices like an iPhone, iPad and MacBook then it can be a lot easier to connect all of your devices to the Wi-Fi without even entering the password to all of your devices. For mac, you should have it running macOS Sierra or later. Below is a quick guide on how to share your Wi-Fi password on an iPhone with other Apple devices.
Before you start the process, make sure that the other person already has their Apple ID in their contact list. To find your Apple ID, just go to the settings of your iPhone and it should be written at the top of the page.
Go to contacts and then click on the edit located in the top right corner and then add your Apple ID under the contact name’s email address.
- Head to the settings app on your iPhone.
- Find and tap on Bluetooth to make sure that it is turned on. The toggle should be green colour, which indicates that the Bluetooth of your device is turned on.
- Go back to the settings and then tap on Wi-Fi.
- Ensure that Wi-Fi is turned on and then connect to a Wi-Fi network or the network which you want to share. You can connect to any of the Wi-Fi networks by tapping on the name of the Wi-Fi network. If your device gets connected to the Wi-Fi network, you can proceed to the next step.
- Now, turn on the other device or the other iPhone that needs the Wi-Fi password and go to the settings of that device.
- Tap on WIFI, to share the Wi-Fi password from a Mac, then you need to tap on the Wi-Fi icon from the top-right corner of your screen and then select a Wi-Fi network from the drop-down menu.
- Now, choose the same Wi-Fi network with which your iPhone is already connected and the password which you want to share with this device.
- Don’t enter the password even when asked, and just wait for a few seconds.
- Now unlock the iPhone that is already connected and go to the Wi-Fi settings.
- You will see a pop-up saying share password on the pop-up window, tap on it and make sure that the other iPhone is within the Bluetooth range which is around 10 metres.
- That’s it, the other iPhone should receive the password and will be automatically connected to the Wi-Fi network.
What if the Wi-Fi Sharing of your iPhone isn’t working?
Of course, your iPhone might not be able to share Wi-Fi passwords with other Apple devices at times. This could be because of any bug, or some background sync issue. In that case, you can try a few troubleshooting steps written below.
- Try to restart your iPhone and then try again.
- Ensure that both Apple devices are on the latest version of the software. You can check for the updates by going to settings >> General >> Software Updates >> Download and install. If you don’t get an option to download and install any update, then it means that your iPhone is running on the latest version of iOS.
- Turn off the Wi-Fi and disconnect your iPhone from the Wi-Fi connection and then turn it on again to join the Wi-Fi. To disconnect head to the settings >> Wi-Fi and then tap on the network name with which you are connected. Now, tap the letter ‘I’ written beside the name and then tap on the Forget Network button. After that, you need to join the network again by entering the password of the Wi-Fi.
- Alternatively, you can also try to reset the network settings of your iPhone. Simply go to the settings >> General>> Reset and then tap on Reset Network Settings.
- Lastly, you can try to reboot your router to ensure there isn’t any error from the router’s end.
So, this was a detailed video on how you can share Wi-Fi passwords from your iPhone to other iPhones as well as other Apple devices that are logged into the same Apple account.