This article covers how to locate your Wi-Fi password in iOS 16 and how to share it with others from an iPhone running iOS 11 to iOS 15 on the device. Additionally, it offers ways for you to locate an iPhone password on your Mac.
On an iPhone, how To Find a Wi-Fi Password (iOS 16)
The steps below can be used to locate the password on an iPhone running iOS 16:
- On your phone, go to Settings.
- Click Wi-Fi.
- The network you’re using is tapped.
- Select Password. You will be required to verify your identity using a Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode.
Wi-Fi Password Sharing on iOS 11 to iOS 15
There is a simple way to give a friend access to your Wi-Fi password even if you can’t look it up on your iPhone. Sharing a Wi-Fi password just takes a few simple steps if you’re both using iOS 11 or later (this also works on Macs running macOS High Sierra (10.13) or higher).
There are a few prerequisites you must fulfill in order to use this feature:
- The iOS version on both devices must be 11 or later.
- Your Contacts app has to contain your friend’s Apple ID.
- Both your gadget and your friend’s device need to have Bluetooth turned on.
Now that those conditions have been satisfied, you must:
- Hold your iPhone close to the iPhone of your friend (or iPad). To use this feature, the devices must be physically close to one another.
- Your friend should attempt to join the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to share using their iPhone.
- Your iPhone screen’s Share Your Wi-Fi window appears at the bottom. Select Share Password.
- Your iPhone will transmit your Wi-Fi password to your friend’s iPhone, which will then join your Wi-Fi network.
- Tap Done on your iPhone.
How to Locate Your Personal Hotspot’s Wi-Fi Password
If you use Personal Hotspot, you have more choices.
With the iOS’s Personal Hotspot feature, you may use Wi-Fi to connect other nearby devices to your iPhone’s cellular data connection. In such a situation, all nearby individuals who wish to connect to Wi-Fi using your iPhone just require your Personal Hotspot password.
Your iPhone acts as your home’s Wi-Fi router when you utilize a Personal Hotspot. Consequently, locating your Personal Hotspot password is simple. Just carry out these actions.
- On your iPhone, tap Settings.
- Click Personal Hotspot.
- Look at the Wi-Fi Password drop-down option. This is your Personal Hotspot password. Give that to folks who wish to use Wi-Fi to access your iPhone.
How to View a Wi-Fi Password on A Mac Using I Cloud Keychain
Your iPhone likely has a tonne of saved passwords for websites, apps, and Wi-Fi networks even though you are unaware of it. These passwords are maintained in the Keychain, a tool that keeps track of your login details and makes it easier for you by automatically filling them out of login fields.
Using iCloud Keychain on a Mac, you may view Wi-Fi passwords. Similar to Keychain, iCloud Keychain keeps usernames in your iCloud account as opposed to on your Mac or iPhone. You can sync your iCloud-compatible devices with your stored login information. Therefore, a Wi-Fi password that you have saved on your iPhone can be seen on a Mac. This is how:
- Make sure the iCloud Keychain is turned on for your iPhone first. To launch the Settings app, tap it.
- At the top of the Settings screen, tap your name.
- Click iCloud.
- Keychain, tap.
- Turn on/green the iCloud Keychain slider.
- Select System Preferences from the Apple menu in the top right corner of your Mac after that.
- In macOS Catalina (10.15), click Apple ID before selecting iCloud.
- Keychain’s checkbox should be selected. By doing this, iCloud Keychain is enabled and the password from the iPhone will be synced to the Mac. This could take one or two minutes.
- Afterward, launch the Keychain Access application on your Mac. By pressing Command+Space, you may access the Spotlight search function quickly and easily. After entering Keychain Access, press the Return key.
- Enter the name of the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to view in the Search box.
- Double-click the WiFi network that appears in the search results.
- The Show password checkbox should be selected.
- Enter the password you use to access your Mac in the window that appears.
- The Show password field displays the Wi-Fi network password.
How to Check the Router Settings for Your Wi-Fi Password
Going right to the source—your Wi-Fi router—is another option to use your iPhone to discover a Wi-Fi password. While this isn’t quite the same as looking up the Wi-Fi password on your iPhone, it does provide you with the necessary details.
In this instance, you are obtaining the password directly from the Wi-Fi network. You may log into any Wi-Fi router and check or modify settings, including the password. What you should do is:
- Ascertain that your iPhone is linked to the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to discover.
- Select Settings.
- Click Wi-Fi.
- The Wi-Fi network name should have an I icon next to it.
- Write down the number that appears in the Router box (this is the router’s IP address). Although it could be something else, it is most likely something like 192.168.0.1.
- Go to the IP address from the previous step in the web browser on your iPhone.
- To log into your router, you will be prompted. You’ll need the username and password you made when configuring the router in order to log in as an administrator. I hope you recorded this somewhere. It’s also possible that you left the default username and password unchanged (even if you really need not have them!). If so, it can be anything as straightforward as admin/admin.
- Each Wi-Fi router will have a somewhat different set of instructions for locating the Wi-Fi password once you’ve logged in, but if you check for settings or the name of the Wi-Fi network, you’ll be on the right trail.
Where, Exactly, Is the Password on My iPhone?
Unless your iPhone is jailbroken and running apps that enable you to do so explicitly, you can’t check up a Wi-Fi network password directly on your iPhone. This is so even if you have the password saved in your Keychain, Apple does not provide the choice up until iOS 15.
The iOS 16 does allow you to obtain the password for the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to, which is fantastic news. On your iPhone, you have a few additional alternatives for seeking up passwords.