How to Create a Scannable Wi-Fi Password (2022)

Avoid having to manually type in a Wi-Fi password and create a QR code that people can scan.

A Wi-Fi password can be cumbersome to type in, especially for guests if you run a commercial establishment like a cafe or AirBnB. Instead, you can make a QR code that guests can simply scan with their phones to join the network. Here's how to make a scannable QR code for your Wi-Fi network.

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How to Turn a Wi-Fi Password into a QR Code for Easy Sharing

For more handy tips on making the most of your Apple devices, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. There are many QR code generators available online. One that is good quality and free to use is QiFi, and that’s the one that will be used in the following steps. Below, we'll show you how to use this Wi-Fi QR code generator to create a scannable Wi-Fi password on your iPhone: 

  1. Click the link to open qifi.org.
  2. In the SSID field, type the name of your Wi-Fi network.

    Tap in the SSID field and enter your Wi-Fi network’s SSID (this is just the name of your Wi-Fi network).
     
  3. Tap on the Encryption dropdown menu, and select WPA/WPA2/WPA3 (this is the most common), WEP (for very old network setups), or None. (If you're not sure what type of Wi-Fi encryption you have, you can right-click on the Wi-Fi icon on a Mac to view the security type.)

    Tap to select your Wi-Fi’s encryption type.
  4. In the Key text field, type in your Wi-Fi password.

    Tap in the Key field and enter your Wi-Fi password.
     
  5. Tap Generate to create the scannable QR code.

    Tap Generate!
  6. If you want to save your QR code on QiFi, tap Save

  7. If you want to save your QR code on your device, tap Export to download your QR code as an image file. (We recommend exporting so you can save the file locally.)

  8. If you want to print your QR code, tap Print

Now joining your Wi-Fi network will be easier than ever! If you choose to Export your QR code, it will be saved as an image in your Safari downloads. On an iPhone, you'll see a blue arrow appear on your Safari search bar. Tap the blue arrow and tap Downloads to open and save the image file in your app of choice. 

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Devala Rees

Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on Quora.com.