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How to Share Your Wi-Fi Without Password in iOS 11

Nancy Messieh 06-10-2017

One of the coolest features in iOS 11 has to be the ability to share your Wi-Fi password with other iOS 11 users. No more having to remember where you wrote your Wi-Fi password down and no more having to read out a long string of letters and numbers.


There are some requirements in order for this feature to work:

  • iOS devices have to be running iOS 11 and have Bluetooth turned on.
  • You have to be in each other’s contacts.
  • Home owners can also use their Macs to share their Wi-Fi connection, but must be running MacOS Sierra for it to work.

If you meet the requirements, you can share your Wi-Fi password with other devices nearby without revealing the password.

With both devices next to each other, on the unconnected device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and tap to connect to the Wi-Fi network you want to join.

On the connected device, as long as your device is unlocked, you’ll get an alert that another device wants to join your network. The device requesting access will be identifiable by its name. Tap Share Your Wi-Fi to let the other device connect. And that’s it! You’ve shared your Wi-Fi connection without revealing the password.

To see this process in action, check out the video below:


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  1. Jen
    December 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    FYI - you don't need to have each other contacts in your phones. I just tried it with someone who doesn't have my contact info (and vice versa). It worked perfectly!

  2. David Bramley
    October 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Ok, and how would I stop my kids from sharing this with all their friends? I type the password into family and friends phones (on the guest network) so they can't share it further, but now I'm going to have to exclude apple devices entirely!