But 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 both cases, you will definitely need to manually input the password.
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t let you see the Wi-Fi password from your iPhone settings as you can with Android devices. The passwords are saved on your iPhone in a safe and secret place that you cannot access by any regular means. This is done for security purposes. In case you lose your iPhone and someone finds it, they won’t be able to see your Wi-Fi passwords.
But you have a few options. Read on to learn how to view saved Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone.
How to Find a Wi-Fi Password on Your iPhone
Here’re all the tips you’ll learn about in this guide. Feel free to click the links below to jump to a specific section.
One of the ways to access your iPhone Wi-Fi password is by checking through the IP address of the router. This basically entails finding the IP address of the Wi-Fi router, after which you access the settings and check the password of the router.
It’s important to note that the feasibility of this workaround is not 100%, but most users have reported successful attempts.
1.1. Find rooter’s IP address
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
2. Tap Wi-Fi and make sure you’re connected to the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to see.
3. Tap on 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 rooter’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.
1.2. 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.
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 be different depending on your internet service provider. Anyway, Once you’ve logged in, look for Wi-Fi or wireless settings. In my case, I’m using Xfinity and my Wi-Fi information is right under Wi-Fi configuration.
Note: If you have trouble finding your router username, just 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 Wi-Fi you’ve connected to in the past, move on to the next method.
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:
2.1. 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.
Open the Settings app.
Tap on your banner ID at the top of the screen.
Scroll down and tap on Keychain.
Move the iCloud Keychain slider to on (white/green) to activate password syncing.
This may take a few minutes, depending on how many passwords the device has to sync.
2.2. Find Wi-Fi password on Mac via Keychain Access
1. Next you’re going to 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 simply 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.
5. Next click the magnifying glass at the top right corner of the screen and search for Keychain Access and hit enter. You could 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 not familiar with it. Don’t worry, though. Just type your Wi-Fi name in the search box at the top right corner of the window 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.
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. Here’s what you need to do.
Tap the Settings app to open it
Then tap Personal Hotspot.
Move the slider next to Personal Hotspot to the ON position.
You’ll see your Personal Hotspot Wi-Fi Password under the Wi-Fi Password menu.
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