When the iOS 11 platform was rolled out by Apple, a new feature called Share Your WiFi was also introduced. This feature allows you to share the password of your WiFi network with another user of iOS 11 or later device as well as macOS High Sierra or later computers. Keep reading to learn how to share WiFi password from Mac to iPhone or vice versa.
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Requirements to use Share Your WiFi on your iPhone or Mac
Like many other iOS features, Share Your WiFi feature only works if the following requisites are met:
- Both devices must have WiFi and Bluetooth features enabled.
- Personal Hotspot must be turned off on either device.
- Both devices must be nearby or within Bluetooth and WiFi range.
- Your Apple ID must be saved on the other device’s Contacts app.
- This password sharing feature only works with macOS High Sierra or later and iOS 11 or later devices.
Before you jump to the actual WiFi password sharing, check and see which version is your device running on.
To check the current version of your Mac, just follow these steps:
- From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
- Click Software Update.
- If an update is available, click the Update Now button then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to implement the latest software update for your Mac.
If the Software Update message says that your Mac is up to date, then macOS and all of its apps are already running on the latest version. Thus, WiFi Password sharing should be working as intended.
To check and view the current software version of your iPhone or iPad, refer to these steps:
- Tap Settings from the Home screen.
- Tap General.
- Then tap About. A new screen containing the current software version of your iPhone or iPad will then show up.
Alternatively, you can check for any updates available by heading to Settings-> General-> Software Update menu. If an update is available, read and review the update details then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions whenever you’re all set to update your iOS device.
Don’t forget to reboot your device after updating to ensure that all new system changes are properly implemented and likewise to refresh its memory and operating system.
Ready to share your WiFi password to your iPhone?
Once you have complied with all the aforementioned requirements, you can proceed with WiFi password sharing. Here’s how it works:
If you’re the one sharing the WiFi password, make sure that your device (Mac) is unlocked and connected to the WiFi network. Also make sure that both Bluetooth and WiFi features are enabled.
- On the other person’s device (iPhone) or the device that you want to connect, select the WiFi network .
- Then on your device (Mac), tap the option to Share Password when prompted with the confirmation message.
- Finally, tap Done.
With the WiFi password sharing feature is enabled, you can simply tap on someone’s WiFi connected device without entering the network password. After that, you’re connected to the Internet.
This feature is indeed beneficial especially in times when you run out of mobile data and you badly needed to get an internet connection. For as long as your device met the aforesaid requirements, you can go ask your friend with an iPhone or iPad to lend you some data.
What to do if WiFi password sharing isn’t successful?
If the first WiFi password sharing attempt is not successful, restart both your devices and then retry sharing WiFi password to see if it goes through now. If it still doesn’t work, then you may seek further assistance from Apple Support or contact your Internet service provider to check on the current status of your WiFi network.
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