How to Share a Wi-Fi Password with a Nearby Device in iOS 11

Sharing a Wi-Fi password just became a whole lot easier with the introduction of iOS 11. In previous operating systems, if you wanted to share your Wi-Fi password you'd need to give it out so visitors could enter it into their device and join your network. This could get complicated if your devices had stayed logged in to your Wi-Fi for so long that you found yourself asking, "wait, what is my Wi-Fi password again?" But with iOS 11, iPhone owners no longer have to remember and share their password, the new system allows you to share your Wi-Fi with friends with one tap. Let's get started learning how to share Wi-Fi in iOS 11!  

How to Share a Wi-Fi Password with a Nearby Device in iOS 11

For this feature to work, the device you want to include in your network must already be in your contacts. If they're not, go ahead and add them now. Both devices must also have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on. The devices sharing and receiving Wi-Fi access must also both be updated to iOS 11.  

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  • Open Settings.
  • First, scroll down to Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is toggled on.
  • Next, scroll down to Wi-Fi and make sure the button is toggled on.

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  • Hold your iPhone near another iOS device that is already connected to the Wi-Fi network you wish to join, or the router itself.
  • Tap on the network you wish to join.
  • A screen will pop up prompting you to enter the Wi-Fi password.

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  • Now a prompt pops up on the network owner's device asking permission to connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi.
  • Network owner taps "Share Password."

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Within a few seconds the password will be sent to your iPhone and you'll be connected to Wi-Fi!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.