You’re using wifi on your Mac and don’t know how to share wifi password from Mac to iPhone? We’ve got you! You can do it effortlessly as long as you follow our guide below. Let’s jump right in!
How to share wifi password from Mac to iPhone?
One of the best things about the Apple ecosystem is that you can easily share whatever it is between your devices. Wifi password, in this case, is among them.
If you’re using the same Apple ID (or iCloud) on all your Apple devices, it’s like magic when everything can seamlessly flow from one device to another. If you want to share things with other Apple users, it’s very easy, too.
Method 1: Share wifi password via iCloud Keychain
Note: You must use the same Apple ID on all the devices that involve in this situation.
What is iCloud Keychain? Simply put, it’s an Apple password management system. It was first introduced in 1999 alongside Mac OS 8.6 and has been implemented in almost all Apple products since then.
On macOS as well as iOS, iCloud Keychain stores different types of data including password (website password, FTP servers, network shares, wireless network, etc.) private key, certificates and secured notes.
There it is, wireless network. That’s what we need for this method to share known wifi password in the Apple ecosystem.
- On Mac, go to System Preferences then go to iCloud
- Make sure that the Keychain section is turned on.
- On your iPhone, go to Setting then you will immediately see your Apple ID account section on top, tap on it then select iCloud
- Scroll down and tap on Keychain to turn it on
- Now, wait for a minute or two for the data to be synced between your devices. After that, you’re good to connect to any known wifi network from your Mac on your iPhone. If it still cannot connect, try switching off your devices and turn them on again then wait for a few minutes and retry.
Method 2: Manually find and share wifi password in Keychain Access
This method allows you to not only can share wifi password between Apple devices but can also view saved wifi passwords on Mac. That means you can share the wifi password to any device, not just Apple devices.
- Hit Command + Space or click on the search icon to open Spotlight search and then type in “Keychain Access”
- Make sure that you click on System and Passwords in the sidebar. From here, search for the wifi network you want to view password then double click on it.
- From here you will see a dialog with that network name. On the Attributes tab, tick on Show password to view and share the wifi password. You might be asked to confirm your credentials, if so, just enter your Mac admin password.
Method 3: Manually find wifi password using Terminal on Mac
Just like on Windows, macOS can be controlled using command prompts. It’s a bit tricky at first but when getting used to it, turn’s out it’s quite simple. This method will help you view the wifi password on macOS.
Note: Make sure that you know the exact name of the wifi network that you want to view the password.
- Launch Terminal from Spotlight search just like launching Keychain Access from the previous method.
- In the Terminal window, type in exactly or copy this line security find-generic-password -ga WIFI NAME | grep “password:” replace WIFI NAME with your exact wifi name then hit Enter.
- Re-authenticate if needed. It will be your administration password or your Mac login password. After re-authenticating, the wifi password would be shown right under your command line.
Method 4: Automatically share wifi password from Mac to iPhone (for iOS 11 or above and macOS High Sierra or above)
From iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, Apple has implemented a feature that allows Apple users to share their connecting wifi password when they have each other contact.
That feature called wifi password Nearby sharing, an answer for those who’re wondering “how to share internet from Mac to iPhone via Bluetooth”. It means you have to place your devices near another to share. To do that, follow these steps below:
- Make sure that you have each other Apple ID in contact. Otherwise, this feature will not work properly. If you don’t have each other Apple ID in contact, go to the Contacts app on both devices and create a new contact with each other’s Apple ID. Next, place your devices near another.
- Turn on Bluetooth on either device. For Mac, go to System Preferences, then select the Bluetooth section and turn it on. For iPhone, go to Settings and tap on Bluetooth then turn it on.
- On your iPhone, go to WiFi and select the network that your Mac is connecting to.
- Check your Mac, it will prompt you to ask if you want to share wifi password with your iPhone. Hit Accept or Share. Your iPhone will automatically connect to such wifi.
This method can also work another way around. You can share wifi passwords from your iPhone to your Mac following these steps.
Isn’t that simple? That’s how you share wifi password from Mac to iPhone or even another way around. Hopefully, you found this helpful and we will see you in the next guide. Peace!