WiFi has got to be the single most desired thing that we all need in our day-to-day life.
Imagining yourself spending your day without WiFi is daunting because, let’s accept it, we’re all using the internet very often in this age of technology. Sometimes for entertainment, sometimes for work, or it can be for any reason.
And because of this fact, when you have friends, guests, relatives, or anybody you know over to your house or office, they might want to use your WiFi to browse the internet.
In those cases, you can either share the password like you usually would by saying it out loud, or you can remain safe by sharing it the way I will show you in this post. And I tell you, the latter option is always better.
Why shouldn’t you share your WiFi password directly?
This question must have arise in your mind by now, and I am here to answer that. While sharing your password is an act of generosity, at the same time, it comes with several risks to you. Some of them are discussed below:
They can download illegal stuff
Beginning with the least threatening risk, when you share your WiFi directly with somebody and, let’s say, a third person overheard it, they can use it however they want, including downloading illegal stuff.
Now, how does this affect you? It can affect you if and when the police track the IP of whoever downloaded the illegal file(s); they’ll also contact the ISP that owns the IP address to figure out exactly to whom it belongs.
And since that third person is using your WiFi network, you’ll be paid a visit by the cops for an illegal activity you haven’t done. This creates an unnecessary hassle to prove to the police that you weren’t the one who did it.
Possibility of malware infestation
Even if the third person who got your WiFi password has no ill-intents, such as downloading illegal stuff, you can still be at risk if their device has malware.
Many devices that connect to your WiFi network may be infected by malware, and because they’re using your WiFi, it won’t be long before it spreads to your phone, computer, and other devices through the network that’s being shared.
They can access and steal personal information
The last thing you want after sharing your WiFi password is to know somebody is accessing and sharing your personal information.
When somebody uses your WiFi network, it opens a loop where data can come in and out. And if that somebody is very tech-savvy or even a hacker, you’re at a huge risk of exposing your personal details to them.
The above examples were just a few security concerns associated with sharing your WiFi password directly. To avoid these risks, you must be more careful and utilize safe password sharing.
How to safely share WiFi password from your iPhone to another
After the rollout of iOS 11, Apple allows its users to share WiFi passwords with other devices safely. It’s super easy; you need to follow these easy step-by-step instructions below, but before that, make sure to:
- Update your device and the receiver’s device to the latest version of the iOS
- Keep both the devices unlocked
- Keep both the devices nearby
- Turn on WiFi and Bluetooth for both the devices (not Personal Hotspot)
- Save the email address that’s used for the respective Apple IDs on each other’s Contacts
Now, with the steps.
Step 1: Sign in to your iCloud with your Apple IDs on both devices.
Step 2: Connect to the WiFi network from the device that will share the password.
Step 3: Go to Settings > Wi-Fi from the receiving device and select the network you want to connect to.
Step 4: On the sharing device, you’ll see a popup allowing you to share the password. Tap on “Share Password,” and you’re done.
Those were the simple steps to share your WiFi network safely from one iPhone to another. If you still cannot share the password for some reason, try restarting both the devices, turning the WiFi router on and off, and finally making sure you followed all the steps correctly.
I hope the above tutorial will help you avoid sharing your WiFi password with people you don’t want to share it with. Be safe and smart by using this method always!
You might also want to check out these password manager tools to store all your WiFi passwords in a secure place.