How to share WiFi passwords

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How to share WiFi passwords on PC

You need to know the access key of the Wi-Fi network to which yours is connected PC Windows, so you can share it with whoever you want? Don't worry, it's very easy.

First, open the menu Home (by clicking on the pennant located in the lower left corner of the screen), type the words Control Panel in the search field and select the first result that is returned to you.



Once in the main window of the Control Panel, click on the items Rete and Internetnetwork and sharing center, click here name of the Wi-Fi network located under the heading Internet (right) and press the button Wireless properties, resident in the new screen that opens.

We're almost there: click on the tab now Safety and put the check mark next to the wording Show characters, to display, in clear text, the network security key within the homonymous field.

Finally, select the with the mouse network password displayed, right-click on it and select the item Copy from the Windows context menu, in order to copy it to the clipboard. Once this is done, you can share the network key with whoever you prefer, by sending it via email, via messaging (SMS, WhatsApp for PC, Telegram for PC, Facebook Messenger and so on) or with any system you want.

How to share WiFi passwords on Mac

To share the password of the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, on the Mac, you can follow two different paths: using the system Continuity, if you intend to share the access key on an Apple device; or use thePortachiavi access and follow the same approach seen for Windows, thus displaying the network key "in clear" and sharing it manually.



Continuty

Iniziamo gives Continuity: if you had never heard of it, it is a proprietary technology from Apple that allows you to share some data, including the password of the Wi-Fi network to which you are connected, between devices equipped with iOS and macOS, simply by bringing them together they. However, for Continuty to work without problems, some very specific conditions must be met.

  • Il Mac in use must have on board macOS 10.12 Sierra or later ed be connected to the wireless network to share the password for.
  • The target device, which can be a MacBook, an iPhone or an iPad, must have on board macOS 10.12 or lateriOS 11 or later, or iPadOS.
  • Il Bluetooth must already be active on the devices involved in the sharing: if you don't know how to do it, you can consult my guide on how to activate Bluetooth.
  • The devices involved must "know" each other in some way: they can be combined with it Apple ID, or be mutually present in their respective contact lists.

Once these conditions are met, you can proceed with sharing in the following way: to begin with, take the device on which you want to obtain the network key and, after entering the Wi-Fi settings, select the network name of your interest, until you are presented with the password entry screen.

For example, if you use a iPhone or  iPad, you have to go to Settings> Wi-Fi> [network name], while if you use a MacBook you have to click oncleats icon located in the Mac menu bar and then on the name of the Wi-Fi network for which to obtain the password.


Once this is done, unlock the Mac from which to share the password (the one already connected to the network) and place the “destination” device close to the latter. After a few moments, the message should appear on the Mac screen Do you want to share [network name] network password with [target device name]: answer affirmatively to the request by clicking on the button Share password, And that's it!


After a few moments, the field Password of the target device should fill up automatically - when that happens, all you have to do is press the button Connectto connect to the wireless network. Easy, right?

Manual sharing

If the device to which you intend to send the network key from the Mac does not belong to the Apple ecosystem, you can proceed with manual sharing: to begin with, open the application Portachiavi access located in the folder Other of Launchpad (or in the menu Applications> Utilities) and, when its window appears on the desktop, click on the item System placed in correspondence with the wording Keychains (to the left).

Then, click on the wording Password, which is located at the section Category and now locate the name of the Wi-Fi network of your interest in the list on the right (if you can not, you can help with the search field located at the top).

When you have found it, double-click on it and, in the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Show the password. Now, type the Password of the Mac in the appropriate field, click on the button OK and fill in the next screen indicating, where required, yours username and yours Password. Infine, click your button Allow, to view the password of the chosen Wi-Fi network in clear text, which you can share via SMS, chat, email or in the way you prefer, as I have already explained to you in the section on Windows.


How to share Android WiFi passwords

Numerous variations of Android integrate systems through which you can quickly share the password of the wireless network to which you are connected.

For example, if you own a Xiaomi equipped with MIUI ROM and you want to share the password of the network to which you are connected, you must first go to the Settings operating system (by touching the icon of thegear on the Home screen) and access the section Wi-Fi.


Finally, all you have to do is tap the network name you are connected to (marked with Touch to share the password), in order to generate, in a few moments, a QR code to be scanned by the “target” device, containing the (clear) key of the Wi-Fi network in question.

If you do not know how to "decrypt" the code generated previously on the target device, please consult my guide on how to read a QR Code, in which I explained how to act in such situations.

If your Android device does not have an "integrated" sharing mechanism, then you must rely on a specific app, such as WiFi Password Recovery: in order to use it, however, it is essential that the smartphone or tablet in question have been previously enabled root permissions. For more information on this, you can check out my tutorial on how to see the Wi-Fi password from your phone.

How to share iPhone WiFi password

It is your intention share iPhone WiFi password with other Apple devices, you can also use the system in this case Continuity from Apple. Both the conditions to be respected to use it and its functioning are almost identical to what has already been seen for Mac: the iPhone must be connected to the wireless network whose password is to be shared, all the devices involved in the sharing must "know each other", have a relatively up-to-date operating system and have Bluetooth turned on.

To share, simply call up the screen for sharing.entering the password of the Wi-Fi network on the target device, then hold the unlocked iPhone close to it and answer affirmatively to the message indicating the password sharing request.

How do you say? Is the target device not Apple branded? In this case, there is not much you can do: in the past, it was possible to share the password thanks to the jailbreak and a specific tweak. Today, however, the iOS unlocking procedure has become as useless as it is inconvenient, plus it exposes the iPhone to serious security risks.

If you have a Mac paired with the same Apple ID as the iPhone, you can be able to see the password of the wireless networks saved in the latter through the software Portachiavi access, proceeding in a similar way to what we saw a little while ago.

If you do not have an Apple-branded computer available, the only way to trace the password of the wireless network to which you are connected is to enter the router and read it from the configuration panel of the same: I explained how to do it in my guide on how to see the password of the Wi-Fi I am connected to.

Other methods to share WiFi passwords

As an alternative to the steps seen above, you could finally use a password manager on the cloud: in this way, it is sufficient to save the network key once on the personal account, making it available on all other devices from which access will be made. Below you will list some managers of this type.

  • 1Password (Windows / macOS / Linux / Android / iOS / iPadOS / Web) - the best commercial password manager, featuring a large number of specific features, including the ability to store and share wireless network passwords between multiple devices, via the cloud . It is available as a subscription, with prices starting at $ 2,99 / month and a 30-day free trial option.
  • LastPass (Windows / macOS / Linux / Android / iOS / iPadOS / Web) - is one of the most famous and used password managers, which allows you to save network passwords in a special section of the "safe". It is free, with the possibility of a Premium subscription (starting from 2 $ / month) to unlock additional functions.
  • Keepass (Windows / macOS / Linux / Android / iOS / iPadOS) - it is a free and open source password manager, through which it is possible to share different types of passwords (including those of Wi-Fi networks) on multiple devices. Since Keepass does not have a centralized storage system, it requires the safe to be synchronized via an external cloud service (e.g. Google Drive or OneDrive) in order to be able to share data between multiple devices. It's free.

For more information on the various programs and apps dedicated to managing and sharing passwords between multiple devices, I invite you to take a look at my guides on password programs and apps for keeping passwords.

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