How to View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on iPhone

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iOS 16 includes plenty of useful tricks to enhance how you use your iPhone, but one of the most useful additions is a simpler way to find and give out your Wi-Fi password. It’s a feature that’s been available on Android for years, and is way more flexible than Apple’s previous method for sharing Wi-Fi network access.

Before iOS 16, sharing a Wi-Fi network was only available between Apple devices and doesn’t actually show what the password is. For instance, if you wanted to connect your Nintendo Switch or smart TV to the internet this way, it wouldn’t work unless you had the actual written password.

Fortunately, this latest feature lets you easily go into your settings, find a Wi-Fi network and view the Wi-Fi password. You can then copy and paste it into a text message or email and easily share it with anyone else who needs it.## How to View Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Your iPhone

Your saved Wi-Fi passwords used to be inaccessible on iPhones or iPads unless you jailbroke them. Apple finally added the ability to check your saved Wi-Fi passwords in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. so you can now see saved Wi-Fi details on iPhone or iPad just like you can see Wi-Fi details on a Mac, Android phone, or Windows PC.

To find a saved Wi-Fi password, open up the Settings app, then tap “Wi-Fi.”

Tap the name of your current Wi-Fi network to view its details.

Then just tap the “Password” section. You’ll need to use your device’s PIN, FaceID, or TouchID to reveal the password.

The prompt to copy the password will appear automatically.

If you want to view any of the previous networks you’ve connected to, just tap the “Edit” button in the top-right corner.

You’ll see a complete list of Wi-Fi networks. Select the one you want.

You’ll see a screen identical to the one you see when you select your active Wi-Fi network. Once again, just tap “Password” (or anywhere in the same box) to display the password.

You can then copy the password and save it somewhere else, or send it to a friend. Just don’t spread it around too freely, especially if you reuse the password in other places, since it can be used for credential stuffing. Remember, all of your passwords should be strong and completely unique.

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Mike Peterson
Mike Peterson
Mike Peterson is a tech writer at iPhoneGeeks covering news, how-tos, and user guides. He is a longtime Mac and iPhone user and holds a Ph.D. in Software Engineering.

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