Connecting to home or work Wi-Fi networks can be a real pain – typing long strings of gibberish numbers to enter the password is a lot of work, especially when one mistake can cause you to start from scratch. If you end up connecting to a lot of networks or having to switch devices often, you’re doing more work.
Fortunately, Android phones have an easy-to-use trick that makes it easy to connect – but few people seem to know about it, which isn’t practical because the method requires two people to be “in the know”.
That’s why we wrote this article – to raise awareness about this useful Android Wi-Fi method, so hopefully it will become mainstream in the future (allowing us to “borrow” more Wi-Fi passwords). fi).
How to Share a Wi-Fi Password
If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to share the password with someone else, that’s easy.
Swipe down from the top of your phone to see the Wi-Fi button in quick settings – hold it down. You will be taken to your phone’s Wi-Fi menu – find the network you wish to share and click on the cog next to it (depending on your phone’s UI this cog may not be there – click on the name of the Wi-Fi -Fi itself in this case).
Here you will be taken to the settings for that Wi-Fi network itself. You should see options to disconnect, forget the network for good… and share it.
Obviously, this option is what you are looking for – select it. You’ll usually have to unlock your phone again, to prove it’s you, when you do this.
Now you will see a QR code appear on your phone. Take the person who needs the Wi-Fi password – that’s when they will enter.
This person will need to load the app they use to scan a QR code – some phones support this feature with the built-in camera app, and for others you will need to install Google Lens or a third-party QR code app . We have a separate guide on how to scan a QR code if you need help.
Just ask the person who needs the Wi-Fi password to scan that QR code, and their phone will give them the option to connect automatically. This saves the rigamarole of typing an absurd, super-long string of numbers.
Some things to note
Just be aware that this method requires the person to already be connected to the internet – data like 4G or 5G is fine though, and it doesn’t exactly take up much of your allowance. But if you’re not connected to the web at all, you’ll still need to type the long string of numbers – sorry.
This method also works for tablets (both share the password to and from your slate), although from experience it seems fewer built-in camera apps for tablets offer the native ability to scan QR codes.
Sharing a Wi-Fi password like this is admittedly a very situational trick, but there are times when it can come in handy, like if you’re having a dinner party and you all need to use your phones (there there are many board games like Spyfall and Heads-Up that need Wi-Fi) or people working together on a project in your home.
So be sure to memorize this technique – it’s pretty easy, after all – so you can easily give or receive Wi-Fi benefits.