If you’ve had a guest go to your house for any length of time, there’s a reasonable chance that they’ll ask you for your Wi-Fi password, which might start a spooky dance of you trying to remember what it is or reading out a complex string of numbers, letters, and symbols.
Of course, you can always buy a Wi-Fi pass-through tag or write it on a sticky note that you can quickly direct guests to, but that’s not always the most convenient solution; If your password is long or contains hard-to-read symbols (is that an O or a 0?), it can be difficult to connect your friends and family.
It’s worth noting that if you often have people you don’t know well or large groups over, you should really look into setting up a temporary or guest Wi-Fi, which many routers allow you to do. This path is significantly more secure than handing over your password to anyone who enters your home.
However, for people you trust, both Google and Apple have built-in ways to share your Wi-Fi password quickly and securely. Here’s how to use it.
The easiest way to share your password with your Android phone is to create a QR code that people can scan to automatically join the network. If you have a Pixel phone or most other Android phones:
- go to the settings > Network and the Internet > WIFI.
- Click the settings gear next to your network.
- Hit the share button and authenticate yourself. A screen should appear with the QR code, Wi-Fi name, and password.
- go to the settings > links > WIFI.
- Click on Cog settings.
- Faucet QR code in the lower left corner. The Samsung QR code does not include the typed password.
As long as the person’s phone is relatively up-to-date, it should be able to scan the QR code to automatically join the network. And yes, it even works for people trying to access your Wi-Fi using your iPhone.
If scanning the code doesn’t work for any reason, you can have the person enter the password manually.
Since iOS 11, Apple has included an easy way to share your password with other iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. To use it, make sure both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on — by default, the toggles are in Control Center, which you can access by swiping down from the top-right corner on a phone with Face ID or from the bottom on a phone with a Home button. You will also have to be connected to the network they are trying to connect to.