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If you need to share a Wi-Fi password from a Mac to an iPhone, you can do it fairly easily between your own devices and those of friends or family. Here’s how.


To share your Wi-Fi password between a Mac and an iPhone, make sure the Mac is running macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later. Also, update the iPhone to the latest version of iOS.

You’ll also need to be signed in to an iCloud account with your Apple ID on each device. If you are using devices with two different iCloud accounts, ensure that each person has the other person’s address in their contacts on the device.

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How to Share a Wi-Fi Password From Mac to iPhone

Assuming everything in the section above has been completed, enable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your Mac and your iPhone. Turn off any personal hotspots you might have enabled on either device. Physically place the iPhone near the Mac, within about 20 feet.

Sign into the Mac and make sure it is connected to the Wi-Fi network whose password you’d like to share with the iPhone, then hold your iPhone near the Mac. On the iPhone, open the Settings app and tap “Wi-Fi.”

Select "Wi-Fi" in Settings.

In the list of available Wi-Fi networks, tap the name of the network you want to connect to (the one you’ll be receiving the password for.)

If all went well, you’ll see a “Wi-Fi Password” pop-up appear in the upper-right corner of the screen on the Mac. It asks you if you want to share the password of your Wi-Fi hotspot with the iPhone. Click “Share.”

The Mac will wirelessly transmit the Wi-Fi network password to your iPhone, and your iPhone will connect to the network. Pretty handy!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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