Let us tell the truth and shame the devil, we all love cutting costs. Take, for instance, you are at a coffee shop or at your friend’s house and your iPhone gives you a notification of a Wi-Fi network available. Your immediate instinct would be to ask for the Wi-Fi password so that you can stop browsing on your mobile data plan.
However, not always will you find someone in the vicinity who knows the password. It might be that it is only the coffee shop manager who knows and gives the passwords, but they are not around at the time. Well, here is a shocker! If there is another iOS device or even Mac computer already connected to the Wi-Fi network, you can use it to get the password. It all happens through a less-known about feature Apple integrated into iOS 11 and iOS 12.
How do I grab the Wi-Fi Password off another Apple device?
It is pretty simple! Take your iPhone or iPad and go to Wi-Fi settings, and select the network you would like to connect. At this point, it should ask you for ‘Enter Password,’ but you do not know it and no one either does or willing to share with you.
So take another iOS device already connected to the Wi-Fi network, unlock it if it is yours or have the owner do so. Now move the iOS device already connected to the Wi-Fi closer to the new iOS device you would like to connect.
The unconnected iOS device should send a request to the connected device to share the Wi-Fi password. At this point, a large prompt should appear on the connected device, asking if you would like to share the Wi-Fi. It will read something like
Do you want to share the Wi-Fi password for [Name of the Network] with [Name of the Device looking to be connected]
By taping on ‘Share Password’ button, you will instruct the already connected device to send the password to the unconnected device. If you look at the unconnected device under the Wi-Fi setting, you should see that the ‘Enter Password’ field is being populated by password.
However, you will not be able to make out what the password actually is, since it will be hidden. That also means you will still not know the password, though you got your device to connect to the Wi-Fi network. However, it will also lessen the burden on you of having to remember the password.
Then again, with this trick why would you want to put Wi-Fi passwords into your head when you can just ask one iOS device to share the password with you?