Cord Cutting Guides, News, and Reviews
First impressions mean everything, and your guests are not getting a good first impression if they are having a hard time connecting to your Wi-Fi network. Sharing passwords verbally or even in written form is frustrating and tedious, but there are better ways to share your Wi-Fi password!
No matter what device you are running, you can learn how to share your Wi-Fi password using a QR code. If you and your guests all use Apple devices, you can make the process even easier by adding guests to your network with a single click. Sharing passwords verbally is the way of the past, and this primer will bring you and your guests into an uncomplicated future.
It’s hard to communicate passwords verbally, especially when the password was chosen with security in mind. Ideally, you should have a long, complicated password that uses lots of random numbers and symbols, but good luck conveying all those characters to your guest and expecting them to type it in properly the first time. Instead, security is often ignored as we are inclined to pick something short, memorable, and easy to speak aloud.
Many of us are also prone to forgetting passwords, especially the very secure ones. This can be particularly difficult if you are changing your wi-fi password as frequently as you should be. When you have a guest over or you are trying to add a new device to your network, you don’t want to spend 20 frustrating minutes trying to retrace the thought process that led to your latest password.
If both your device and your guest’s device (or your new and old device) are iPhones, iPads, or Macs, there is an incredibly easy process for sharing your wi-fi password.
These are the wi-fi and Bluetooth options that need to be turned on (blue) on both devices.
Success! Your guest is on the network.
The previous method only works with iPhones and other Mac devices, but there is a second method of sharing your wi-fi password that works with almost any device — including both iPhones and Android phones. You can share your wi-fi network name and password using QR codes, those 2D barcodes that you might have seen on a menu, flyer, or any number of other places.
Since Android 10, Android devices have had the ability to create network QR codes directly from the wi-fi menu.
Unlike on Android, creating a Network QR code in iOS requires a third-party app. Qrafter is an excellent free app for this purpose, but you’ll also find several other options in the App store.
The Create menu in Qrafter, where you'll find the Wi-Fi Network option.
Qrafter's Wi-Fi QR code creation requires an SSID (network name), password, and security type.
If you don’t have an Android or iOS device, there are websites that allow you to create a network QR code from any device.
Qifi.org's Wi-Fi QR code creation requires an SSID (network name), encryption type, and key (password).
Once you press Generate, you'll get your custom wi-fi QR code, ready for sharing!
You can go through the process of creating the QR code each time you have a guest over, but can you also save a screen capture or photo of your QR code for future use. You can even print it and have your guests scan the paper instead of your phone screen.
Whether it’s in your QR app, a photo, or a piece of paper, all your guest needs to do is scan the QR code with their phone or tablet’s camera.
Computer passwords just aren’t meant to be shared from person to person. Fortunately, your wi-fi password can easily be shared with all of your guests using a QR code or — on Apple devices — an even simpler approval prompt. These methods let you bypass the frustration and get back to enjoying the time you have with your friends and family.
If your futuristic password sharing isn’t enough to impress your guests, you can show them a secure internet experience by installing a VPN on your router. You can also give them access to an array of entertainment options during their visit by turning your PC into a media center.
Your email address will not be published.
Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.