We recently had a bunch of kids come over to the house for my daughter's birthday party. And being teenagers, they didn't come alone. They brought two things:
- Something in their pocket: An iPhone.
- A question in their mind: What's your wi-fi password?
Do You Want to Know a Secret?
Thanks to a new feature in iOS 11, it's easy to share the password to your home wi-fi network with your friends without revealing it or having to type it into every guest's device.
This shortcut to wi-fi connectivity can be used with an iOS device (iPhone, Pad, iPod) running iOS 11, as well as a Mac running macOS High Sierra.
Allow us to demonstrate using an iPhone and wi-fi network and a friend's iPod Touch. Here are three simple steps [Note: If your friend is already in your contacts and already has Bluetooth enabled, you just can skip to Step 3!].
- Step 1: Add your friend to your Contacts app
- Step 2: Turn on Bluetooth on both your iPhone and your friend's iPod Touch
- Step 3: With your device nearby, have your friend join your wi-fi network
Step 1: Add your friend to your Contacts app
- On your iPhone, tap Contacts.
- Tap the Add button.
Enter contact data for your friend and tap Done.
Step 2: Turn on Bluetooth on both your iPhone and your friend's iPod Touch
- Tap Settings.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Tap the Bluetooth switch to turn it on.
Step 3: With your device nearby, have your friend join your wi-fi network
- On the iPod Touch, tap Settings.
- Tap Wi-Fi.
Tap the name of the wi-fi network.
When your friend taps the name of your network, a password box will be displayed the iPod Touch and a card will appear on your iPhone. Tap Share Password and the wi-fi connection will occur on your friend's iPod Touch without he or she having to lift a finger.
When the connection is complete on the iPod Touch, you'll be notified on your iPhone. Tap Done.
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