If you’ve been traveling this holiday season, chances are fairly good that you’ve connected one of your devices to a Wi-Fi network it hasn’t been connected to before. I know the two of us have quite a collection of devices to get on a new Wi-Fi. And that usually means typing in long Wi-Fi passwords time after time. Luckily, Apple has an easier was of sharing that password!
This “Share Your Wi-Fi” feature was added in iOS 11. If you want to share your password, but nobody there remembers it, a few simple taps on an already connected device can get them connected. And no-one needs to remember the password or type it in!
In order for this to work, both devices need to be on iOS 11 or later, and both devices must have Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth toggled on. (Go to the Settings app or the Control Center to check this.) This works with iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, and macOS computers.
First, open the device needing Wi-Fi connectivity, go to the Wi-Fi settings in the Settings app, and select the network you want to connect to. The “Enter Password” screen will appear. Make sure the device already connected is unlocked. If nothing happens, move the devices closer together. A large prompt should appear on the already connected device: “Do you want to share the Wi-Fi- password for [network] with [name]?” Simply tap “Share Password”, and you’re connected!
For more detailed instructions with screen shots, see this article by Gadget Hacks.