How to see WiFi passwords on an iPhone

Finding the password for a Wi-Fi network is easier if you’re using a newer version of iOS, but it’s still possible. Learn what to do.

Want to find the password for a Wi-Fi network on your iPhone so you can share it with someone else? That’s pretty easy in iOS 16 and above, but not so much in older system software versions.

However, it is worth noting that you can only see the password for a saved Wi-Fi network on your iPhone, i.e. a network you have previously connected to. Now, without further ado, here’s what you need to do to see Wi-Fi passwords on an iPhone.

How to see Wi-Fi password on iPhone from Settings (iOS 16 and above)

If your iPhone is running iOS 16 or later, you can check the password of any previously connected Wi-Fi network with a quick visit to the Wi-Fi settings screen. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and tap Wi-Fi.
  2. Press More information icon next to a Wi-Fi network.
  3. Tap on password.
  4. Authenticate yourself with Touch ID, Face ID, or the device passcode.
  5. Tap the password field and select To copy if you want to copy the password to your iPhone clipboard.

How to find Wi-Fi password via Keychain on Mac (iOS 15 and older)

If your iPhone is still running iOS 15 or older, you have no direct means of viewing Wi-Fi passwords. Instead, you’ll need to sync the passwords to a Mac (signed in with the same Apple ID) and use Keychain Access in macOS to find them.

Sync passwords from iPhone to Mac

Start syncing your passwords from iPhone to your Mac. To do that:

  1. Open the Settings on your iPhone and tap Apple ID > iCloud.
  2. Set the switch next to . at Keychain.
  3. Open the Apple menu on your Mac and select System Preferences.
  4. Then go to Apple ID > iCloud and set the switch next to . at Keychain.

It’s so easy. The passwords on your Mac are now synced to your iPhone.

View Wi-Fi passwords in Keychain Access

You can now use the Keychain Access app on your Mac to view Wi-Fi passwords. Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Open the Launchpad and select Other > Keychain Access.
  2. Select iCloud on the sidebar.
  3. Type the network name in the Keychain Access search bar.
  4. Double-click the network name in the search results.
  5. Check the box next to Show password.
  6. Verify your action with your Mac user account password (or Touch ID if your Mac supports it).

You can now copy the password to your Mac’s clipboard if you want. Thanks to the Universal Clipboard feature, the password should be automatically copied to your iPhone’s clipboard.

Know how to find your WiFi passwords

As you just learned, finding Wi-Fi passwords on your iPhone is effortless on newer versions of iOS. If you haven’t already, update your system software to make things easier.

However, if you just want to share a Wi-Fi password with another iPhone user, you don’t need to do any of the above. Instead, you can instantly share the information via Bluetooth and AirDrop.

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