How to See Wi-Fi Password on iPhone: A 3-Step Guide

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How do you see the Wi-Fi password on your iPhone?

You may be wondering if there is any way to view saved Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone.

With iOS 11 through iOS 15, you can share your Wi-Fi password with other Apple devices, but unfortunately, you cannot see it.

So what happens if you want to connect a non-Apple device to your iPhone Wi-Fi network? Or if you want to give someone else your Wi-Fi password so that they can connect?

In that case, you will need to manually input the password. Unlike Android devices, Apple doesn’t let you see the Wi-Fi password from your iPhone settings.

The passwords are saved on your iPhone in a safe and secret place you cannot access by any regular means.

This is done for security purposes. If you lose your iPhone and someone finds it, they won’t be able to see your Wi-Fi passwords.

But, with iOS 16, all that has changed. Now, you can view the Wi-Fi password of any saved network directly from the settings.

This article explains how you can find your Wi-Fi password on iOS 16 and iPhones running iOS 11 through iOS 15.

How to Find a Wi-Fi Password on Your iPhone

To find the Wi-Fi password on your iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi > tap your network > tap the hidden Password > use Face ID or Touch ID to unlock and reveal the password.

Not running iOS 16? Follow the other methods below.

Here’re all the tips that’ll help you see the password to a Wi-Fi network that your iPhone is connected to.

  1. View Wi-Fi Password on iPhone in iOS 16 and later
  2. View Wi-Fi Password on iPhone in iOS 11 Through iOS 16
  3. How to Find Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Password

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1. How to View Wi-Fi Password on iPhone in iOS 16

To see the password on an iPhone with iOS 16, follow these steps:

view wi-fi password in iOS 16
View Wi-Fi password in iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor
  1. Go to Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Wi-Fi.
  3. Select the network you’re using.
  4. Tap Password. You’ll need to verify your identity using Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode.

Apple lets you copy the password to the clipboard so you can share it using your favorite messaging app.

2. How to View Wi-Fi Password on iOS 11 through iOS 15

As mentioned earlier, you cannot view your Wi-Fi password on iPhones running iOS 11 -iOS 15. But there are a few ways to overcome that problem.

2.1. Check Wi-Fi Password Via Router’s IP Address

One of the ways to access your iPhone Wi-Fi password is by checking through the router’s IP address.

This entails finding the IP address of the Wi-Fi router, after which you access the settings and check the router’s password.

It’s important to note that the feasibility of this workaround is not 100%, but most users have reported successful attempts. 

Find Rooter’s IP Address

First, let’s find your router’s IP address.

Looking up Wi-Fi network name and IP address on iPhone
Looking up Wi-Fi network name and IP address on iPhone. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone

2. Tap Wi-Fi and ensure you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to see.

3. Tap the “i” icon next to your Wi-Fi name.

4. This will take you to the screen with your Wi-Fi information details. Under the “IPV4 Address” section, find your router’s IP address. Copy it to the clipboard or write it down somewhere. You’ll need it later. In my case, it’s (http://10.0.0.1), but it could be something else for you.

Login to Your Wi-Fi Admin Tool

1. Open a new tab on the browser of your choice. Paste or type in the IP address you’ve previously copied, and tap your enter button. 

Log in to Wi-Fi admin tool
Log in to the Wi-Fi admin tool. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

2. The next page should be your router’s login page. Type in your Username and Password to log in. 

3. The user interface might differ depending on your internet service provider. Anyway, look for Wi-Fi or wireless settings once you’ve logged in.

In my case, I’m using Xfinity, and my Wi-Fi information is right under the Wi-Fi configuration.

View Wi-Fi password on Wi-Fi tool settings
View Wi-Fi password on Wi-Fi tool settings. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Note: If you have trouble finding your router username, do a simple Google search for: “default username for (name of your router such as Xfinity, Netgear, Linksys).” But in most cases, the default username is admin.

This method is quick, but it has its limitations. You can only see the Wi-Fi password of the network you’re currently connected to. If you want to see the password of the Wi-Fi you’ve connected to in the past, move on to the next method.

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2.2. Check Wi-Fi Password Using iCloud Keychain

This method involves accessing your iCloud Keychain, a repository of all your shared passwords across all your Apple devices, including the passwords for your Wi-Fi networks. 

Here’s how it works:

Set Up iCloud Keychain on iPhone

The first step is to set up iCloud Keychain on your iPhone. This means syncing all the already-saved Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone to the iCloud Keychain.

Without this, you cannot proceed to the second step, where you’ll retrieve the password on your Mac. 

Activate iCloud Keychain on iPhone
Activate iCloud Keychain on iPhone. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Here’s how to set up iCloud Keychain on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap on your banner ID at the top of the screen.
  3. Select iCloud.
  4. Scroll down and tap on Keychain.
  5. Move the iCloud Keychain slider to on (white/green) to activate password syncing. 

Depending on how many passwords the device has to sync, this may take a few minutes.

Find Wi-Fi Password on Mac Via Keychain Access

1. Next, you will access your password via Keychain Access on your Mac. 

2. On your Mac, click on the Apple menu  at the top left corner of the screen, then click System Preferences.

3. In macOS Catalina, click Apple ID, then iCloud in the sidebar. In macOS Mojave or earlier, click iCloud. Alternatively, you can type iCloud in the search box and hit enter. Both methods will take you directly to the iCloud settings.

4. In the list of the apps using iCloud, find Keychain and activate it by clicking on the checkbox next to it.

Activate Keychain on Mac
Activate Keychain on Mac. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

5. Next, click the magnifying glass at the screen’s top right corner, search for Keychain Access, and hit enter. You can also access it via Launchpad or Finder. Whatever works best for you, it’s up to you.

6. The next screen can look scary if you’re unfamiliar with it. Don’t worry, though. Type your Wi-Fi name in the search box at the window’s top right corner and hit enter.

7. Click on your Wi-Fi name from the search results. A popup window will show up with your Wi-Fi network information. Click on the box next to “Show password” at the bottom.

Find Wi-Fi password using iCloud Keychain on Mac
Find Wi-Fi password using iCloud Keychain on Mac. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

8. Another popup window will appear on the screen asking you to enter your Mac’s login password.

9. Your saved Wi-Fi password should become visible after you enter your Mac’s login password. 

3. How to Find Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Password

Sometimes you may want to share your Wi-Fi Personal Hotspot password with people who want to connect to your iPhone over Wi-Fi.

View Personal Hotspot password for iPhone
View Personal Hotspot password for iPhone. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Follow the step below to see your Personal Hotspot password.

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it
  2. Then tap Personal Hotspot.
  3. Move the slider next to Personal Hotspot to the ON position.
  4. You’ll see your Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Password under the Wi-Fi Password menu.

Final Thoughts on Finding Wi-Fi Password on iPhone

There you have it—our step-by-step guide to viewing the saved Wi-Fi password on your iPhone. As you can see, the steps vary depending on your iOS version.

iOS 16 allows you to access the password for the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to directly from your iPhone.

For iPhones that run iOS 11-iOS 15, you’ll need to try one of the methods above to view your saved Wi-Fi password. If that’s too much of a hassle, you can try a password manager to save your Wi-Fi password.

If you have any feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

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Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

2 thoughts on “How to See Wi-Fi Password on iPhone: A 3-Step Guide”

  1. So you are basically out of luck if you don’t get a Mac or are at a place you don’t have the admin username and password.

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