Most of us setup router and connect to the wireless network when start using the devices. After that we will forget the password as the devices will automatically connect to the network. This works cool whether you are in office or in the house. In addition, you can simply tap on the network name and enter password for connecting to public Wi-Fi networks in coffee shops, airports and restaurants. The problem comes when you want to find the previously saved Wi-Fi passwords. For example, your friends come to your house and you want to share the Wi-Fi password with them. Here I will explain how you can find Wi-Fi password in iPhone with iOS 16 or earlier versions.
Wi-Fi Passwords in iPhone
It is easy to find Wi-Fi password in Android smartphones with the latest OS version. Unlike Android, there are no direct options till iOS 15 to find the saved Wi-Fi passwords in iPhone. Though iPhone will connect to saved networks automatically, you can’t simply tap on the WLAN network and view its password. There are two lengthy ways available to find Wi-Fi password in iPhone. Apple also introduced an simple option to view and copy Wi-Fi password in iOS 16.
1. View and Copy Wi-Fi Password in iOS 16 or Later
First make sure you have updated iOS to version 16 or later.
- Open Settings app and navigate to WLAN section.
- Tap on the connected Wi-Fi network or tap the information icon for any other previously connected networks in the list.
- Tap on the password and unlock with your Face or Touch ID.
- You will see the Wi-Fi password along with options to copy or speak.
You can copy the password and share it with your friends instantly without hassle. However, if you are not using iOS 16 or later, then follow one of the following options.
2. Find iPhone Wi-Fi Password from Mac
Apple allows you to share the passwords seamlessly across all your devices using the Keychain Access tool. This will encrypt your passwords and store in iCloud server which you can access from any of the approved devices. However, there are lot of requirements for synchronizing your passwords using this Keychain.
- You need to enable Keychain in iPhone as well as in Mac.
- Both devices should be logged in with the same Apple ID.
- You need to approve the devices for enabling password sharing.
- It is mandatory to use two factor authentication for using iCloud Keychain with the latest iOS and macOS versions. If you are still using earlier versions, you need to use iCloud security code for approving devices.
- You iPhone should use iOS 8.4.1 or later version and Mac needs 10.10.5 or later macOS version.
When you setup or update to latest iOS version, your iPhone will prompt you to enable iCloud Keychain. If you did not enable, you can setup later, otherwise you will not be able to use iCloud Keychain to store your passwords.
Enable Keychain Access in iPhone:
- Tap on the “Settings” app and then tap your name showing on top.
- This will show all details of your Apple ID and tap on iCloud option.
- Tap on “Keychain” and turn on “iCloud Keychain” option.
You may be prompted to enter the password for your Apple ID to enable the option. If you did not setup two factor authentication, you will be prompted to setup at this point. This iCloud Keychain allows all your passwords from Safari and WLAN to store on the trusted devices.
Enable Keychain Access in Mac
- Login to your Mac and go to “Apple Menu > System Preferences” section.
- Click “Apple ID” icon showing on the top section to view all Apple ID details. Make sure you are logged in with the same Apple ID that is used in the iPhone. Otherwise, you need to logout and login with correct ID.
- Select “iCloud” option from the left sidebar.
- Check the box before “Keychain” option to enable it.
- Approve the device by using the two factor authentication passcode if prompted.
Viewing iPhone Wi-Fi Password in Mac
Now the last step is to find your Wi-Fi password stored on your iPhone.
- Press “Command + Space” to open Spotlight Search box.
- Type “keychain” and open Keychain Access app.
- Select iCloud option from the left sidebar and click on “Passwords” tab. This will show the complete list of passwords stored in your iCloud account.
- There are multiple ways to filter the correct entry for your Wi-Fi network. The easy option is to enter the Wi-Fi network name in the search box to filter the result. If you do not clearly remember the network name, click on “Kind” column to sort the entries based on that column. Now, look for “Airport network password” and find your Wi-Fi network.
- Double click on your Wi-Fi network name and enable the “Show password” check box.
- You will be prompted to enter the Keychain password which should be your administrator password.
- Now, you can see the Wi-Fi password in the text box.
If you want to change the password, click on the small key icon showing next to the password. This will open a “Password Assistant” pop-up where you can get password suggestion, check the strength and set new password. Make sure to save your changes so that the passwords will be synchronized across your devices.
3. Find iPhone Wi-Fi Password from Router
The above method is the correct way to find your Wi-Fi passwords, since it is possible to select any of the previously connected networks. Though you can this router method, it will only help to find the password of the currently connected network to your router.
- On your iPhone, tap on “Settings” app and then select “WLAN” option.
- Tap on your currently connected Wi-Fi network name (which will show with a small tick mark in the front).
- Go down in the settings page and find the IPV4 address of your router. It should show something like 192.168.1.1 as shown below.
- Open a browser in your iPhone using Safari or any other browser. Enter this IP address in the address bar and tap “go” key. Alternatively, you can use Windows PC or Mac to open the IP address in any of your favorite browser.
- The page will prompt you to enter the username and password for your router. You can find these details at the bottom of your router. The username should be generally admin and enter the password mentioned in the router.
- When you are in the router configuration page, go to “Wireless” tab and then check under “Wireless Security” section. Here you can find the wireless password under “WPA/WPA2 – Personal” section. Remember, this is the case with TP-Link, it may be different for your router. You need to navigate through the network sections and find the password.
Sharing Internet Connection without Viewing Password
It is easy to share the internet connection without finding your Wi-Fi password in iPhone. The best option is to create a Personal Hotspot and share the WLAN password. This is useful when you want to share the internet connection with large group of people like when you are in a meeting or conference hall. You can go to “Settings > Personal Hotspot” section to get the password for sharing with others.
For allowing a single person having iPhone to use your network, you can bring his or her iPhone nearer to your iPhone, iPad or Mac. It will automatically pop-up the network sharing option and allow your friend to connect to your Wi-Fi network. The only requirement for this option is that you should have added your friend in the contact list. Otherwise, the pop-up will not appear.