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How to Share a Wifi Password on Any Device?

How to Share a Wifi Password on Any Device? It’s the most pertinent question: what’s the Wi-Fi password? Your new coworker needs to know; you can’t remember. You know that Sheryl in marketing wrote it down somewhere, but she’s out of the office this week. Should you go digging through her papers?

Probably not (and now that you’ve looked, you can’t find it). Would that mean that your new coworker needs to plug into the network using ethernet, like some medieval peasant?

No. The password can be retrieved from your computer or phone. To summarize:

  • On Windows, you can see the current network’s password in the Control Panel. You can use the command prompt or a third-party program to connect to other networks.
  • You can view all your passwords in your Wi-Fi settings on Android and share them using a QR code.
  • Passwords saved on iPhone or iPad cannot be viewed, but you can share the password for the currently connected network with another iPhone or iPad. All saved passwords will also sync to your Mac, so you can see them there.
  • To view all stored passwords on a Mac, open Keychain Access.

The above is the overview, but keep reading if you need more information. I’ll walk you through everything.

You can force a public Wi-Fi network to open, which is an entirely different problem.

How to find Wi-Fi password on Windows

Windows don’t have a Wi-Fi sharing feature, which is disappointing, but you can easily see the password for whatever network you’re currently connected to.

  • Open the Control Panel, then head to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Navigate to the name of the network you are connected to, then click Wireless Properties.
  • If you check the Show characters option on the Security tab, you’ll see the Network security key (your password).

You can only use this for the network you’re currently connected to. If you would like to see the passwords of other networks, you have two choices.

  • Use the command prompt. The command netshwlan show profile NetworkName key=clear displays the password for any Wi-Fi network if you replace “NetworkName” with the name of the network. The command netshwlan show profile displays a list of networks if you do not know the name of the network.
  • Download a third-party app. Magical Jellybean WiFiRevealer and WirelessKeyView can both display all of your saved Wi-Fi passwords.

How to find and share your Android Wi-Fi password

With an Android device, it’s easy to share passwords-the app supports browsing all the networks you’ve connected to, and the password can be viewed or shared using a QR code.

  • Open the settings on your device, then head to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
  • Once you’ve scrolled past the current networks to Saved networks, tap the network you’d like to share.
  • You can share the password by tapping the Share button. A QR code will appear. Below the QR code, the password will be displayed in plaintext.

How to share your Wi-Fi password on iPhone & iPad

There is no way to view all of your Wi-Fi passwords on an iPhone or iPad, but you can share the password for the currently connected network with other iPhone and iPad users.

If someone physically near you tries to connect to a network you’re connected to, you’ll see a pop-up like this:

Tap Share Password if you recognize the name, and the device will connect. It’s really cool. You must have Bluetooth enabled on both devices for this to work.

It only works for the network you’re currently connected to. There is no way to view other users’ passwords or share them. It’s possible to work around this if you also own a Mac: all passwords saved on an iPhone or iPad are synced to macOS devices via iCloud, and macOS devices also support browsing saved passwords.

How to find a Wi-Fi password on a Mac

Keychain Access stores all Wi-Fi passwords on your Mac.

  • Open the Finder, and head to Applications > Utilities. Alternatively, you can open Spotlight by hitting, then typing “Keychain Access.” Either way, you’ll find all of your Wi-Fi passwords in the System section.
  • Find any network, open it, and check the Show password button. You’ll be asked for an administrator password, which is usually the password for your user account.

FAQs

Q: Is it possible to share your Wi-Fi password from iPhone to iPad?
A: You can share your Wi-Fi password using the same steps above if you’re using an iPhone and an iPad, but you can’t share your actual iPhone password. 

Q: Is it possible to share your Wi-Fi password between iPhone and Android?
A: Definitely. As Android devices don’t operate on the iOS operating system, you need to take different steps. You’ll need to download a QR code generator on your iPhone first. You can use Visual Codes or Qrafter. 

Upon launching the app, you can create a QR code for your home Wi-Fi password. If you want to give the password to an Android device, open the QR code on your iPhone and scan it with the Android device. A camera app or dedicated QR scanner application can be used. An Android message may appear to confirm a network connection.

Q: Can you share your Wi-Fi password from Macbook to iPhone?
A: Definitely. Since Macbooks and iPhones are Apple devices, their software works seamlessly. File transfer, data backup, and Wi-Fi password sharing are all possible with this. 

Put your iPhone next to your Macbook and connect it to the Wi-Fi network. Select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to on the iPhone (it should be the same network the Macbook is connected to)A pop-up message should appear on your Mac asking for the Wi-Fi password.d. Click Share to grant access to the iPhone.

You must have macOS High Sierra or a newer version to use this feature.

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