How to seamlessly share your Wi-Fi password on iPhone or Android

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Sharing a Wi-Fi network password can be done wirelessly.

  • Apple makes it easy to automatically share Wi-Fi passwords between iPhones, iPads, and Macs without typing in a password.
  • To share or receive a Wi-Fi password from an Apple device, the devices must be within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
  • Android devices share Wi-Fi passwords through QR codes.
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Sharing your Wi-Fi network with guests is always a bit of a hassle, especially if you take security seriously and have a strong password. But there’s a fast, easy way to get friends and family connected – all with just a few taps. Here’s how to quickly share your Wi-Fi password between iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Android devices.

Sharing a Wi-Fi password between iPhones, iPads, and Macs

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The device already connected to the network will see these pop-up prompts.

Apple makes it quick and easy to share Wi-Fi passwords between other Apple devices. Note that there isn’t a built-in way to share Wi-Fi passwords from Apple to Android devices.

Before you can share your Wi-Fi network password, confirm both Apple devices meet these requirements:

  • Make sure each device has the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or macOS.
  • For each device, turn on WiFi and Bluetooth.
  • Sign into iCloud with your Apple ID. Double-check that your Apple ID email address is saved in the other person’s contacts, and make sure you have their email address saved in your Contacts.
  • Make sure the devices are in Bluetooth and WiFi range of each other.

Once you have that set up, sharing a Wi-Fi network password is seamless and automatic:

1. Make sure your iPhone, iPad, or Mac is unlocked, connected to a Wi-Fi network, and the other person’s Apple ID email address is in your Contacts.

2. On the device that needs Wi-Fi, go to Settings.

3. Tap Wi-Fi and choose the same network that your device is already connected to. If your guest is on a Mac computer, have them tap the Wi-Fi icon on the top right-hand corner of the screen and choose the network. Do not enter the password when prompted.

4. Bring the two devices in range of each other.

5. On your device, you will receive a Wi-Fi password sharing notification. Tap Share Password.

6. After a moment, the other device will automatically receive the password and connect, and your phone will display a message that you were successful. Tap Done.

Sharing a Wi-Fi password with Android

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Android devices generate a unique QR code.

Android devices use a QR code to make sharing Wi-Fi passwords easy. The good news is that this makes it possible to share Wi-Fi passwords from Android to Apple devices.

Before you can share your Wi-Fi network password, make sure your device is running Android 10 or later, and you are connected to the network you wish to share.

Once you have that set up, here’s how to share a Wi-Fi password with an Android device:

1. On your Android device, go to Settings.

2. Tap Connections. Depending on your Android device, the menu option might be Network & Security.

3. Tap the gear icon next to the network name you want to share.

4. On the bottom of your screen, tap QR Code. A unique QR code will be generated, which you can save and share with your contact.

5. To gain access to the network without typing a password, the guest must open their default camera app and scan the code from your screen.

6. Upon scanning QR code, the guest just needs to follow the prompts to connect.

Sharing a Wi-Fi password with a QR code

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QiFi is a reputable online QR code generator.

If you have a device that doesn’t support Apple’s automatic sharing or Android’s QR code generation function, you can create your own QR code. QiFi.org is a safe online QR code generator specifically designed for Wi-Fi access that works across Apple, Android, and Windows devices.

This is great for sharing Wi-Fi information from Apple to Android devices. The best part? Once you create the unique code, you can use it every time you need to share your Wi-Fi password.

1. Go to QiFi.org.

2. Type in the name of your wireless network (SSID) and your password (Key).

3. Tap Generate. A unique QR code will be generated.

4. Once you have the QR code, you can print it or export it as a file.

5. To gain access to the network without typing a password, have your guest open their default camera app and scan the code from your screen.

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How to change your Netflix password, even if you don’t know your current one

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It’s easy to change your Netflix password.

  • You can change your Netflix password using the website or mobile app.
  • If you don’t remember your Netflix password, click or tap “Forgot password?” to reset it.
  • Like all passwords, it’s a good idea to make your Netflix password unique and complex.
  • This story is a part of Business Insider’s Guide to Netflix Tips and Tricks.

Your Netflix password is an important tool for protecting your account. It keeps strangers from using your account, obviously, but it also helps safeguard your payment information.

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Experts agree that keeping a different password for every site you use – and making sure that password is complex – is the best way to keep your information secure.

With that in mind, here’s how to change your Netflix password, even if you don’t remember it.

How to change your Netflix password

The steps to change your Netflix password are the same on both computers and phones.

1. Head to https://www.netflix.com/YourAccount and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. In the Membership and Billing section, click Change password.

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Select the “Change password” option.

3. On the Change Password page, enter your existing password and then the new one you want to change it to. There are no requirements for what your password has to contain – it just needs to be between six and 60 characters long.

4. Confirm the new password, and when you’re done, click “Save.”

Netflix's "Change Password" page.
You can choose to log out of every Netflix session when you change your password.

How to change your Netflix password if you’ve forgotten it

If you want to change your password, you usually need to enter your current password to prove you really own the account. But if you’ve lost or forgotten your password, there’s a workaround.

If you’re currently logged into your account, follow the steps above to reach the Change Password page. Once there, click Forgot password? If you’ve been logged out of your account and can’t remember the password, head to the login page and click or tap Need help?

You’ll be given the option to reset your password via email or text message – you’ll be sent a link where you can make a new password.

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There are two basic ways to recover your Netflix password if you’ve forgotten it.

If you don’t remember which email address or phone number you connected to your Netflix account, you can enter the first and last name associated with the account, as well as the card number you use to pay for it.

Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to change your Facebook password to protect your account security

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There are several ways to change your Facebook password and enhance your security.

  • You should change your Facebook password regularly to keep your account and data secure.
  • To change your Facebook password, go to the “Security and Login” menu.
  • If you haven’t already, you should also enable two-factor authentication for your Facebook account.
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Internet security isn’t something to be taken lightly, and social media sites are some of the most heavily targeted sites by hackers.

One of the ways you can keep your data safe – or at least drastically reduce the chance of being hacked – is by regularly changing your password, particularly on Facebook.

Thankfully, creating a new password is easy on both the Facebook website as well as in the Facebook mobile app. Here’s how to do it.

How to change your Facebook password on the website

1. Open Facebook in a web browser and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. Click the downward-pointing arrow at the top-right of the screen, then click Settings & Privacy and Settings.

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In the drop-down menu under the arrow, click “Settings & privacy” and then “Settings.”

3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Security and login.

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Select “Security & login.”

4. Scroll down to the Login section, and next to the Change password option, click Edit.

5. Type in your current password, then enter a new one and enter it again to confirm.

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Enter your old and new password in the text boxes.

6. Click Save Changes to confirm your new password.

How to change your Facebook password on the mobile app

1. Open the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android and tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner of your screen to open a menu of options.

2. Scroll down and tap the Settings & Privacy section, and then again on Settings.

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Open the app’s settings menu.

3. On the next screen, under Security, tap Security and Login to be taken to a menu with your security options.

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Find “Change password” under the “Login” section of “Security and login.”

4. Under Login, tap Change password.

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You’ll want a longer and more complex password than what’s pictured above.

5. On the Change Password screen, enter your current password and your new password, and then re-write your new password to confirm it.

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Even if you have a strong password that you change regularly, it’s always worth adding two-factor authentication to your Facebook account.

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Two-factor authentication makes it so when someone tries to log into your Facebook account, they’ll also need to enter a code that’s texted to your phone. It’s one of the best ways to keep your account safe.

To turn on two-factor authentication, head to the same “Security and Login” menu as above, and use the “Two-Factor Authentication” options there.

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How to unlock an iPad if you don’t remember the passcode, or if it’s disabled

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It’s possible to unlock your iPad if it’s disabled, but you’ll have to reset it.

  • To unlock an iPad if you forgot the password or it’s been disabled, you can restore it with iTunes.
  • You can also unlock your iPad by doing a system restore using the Find My iPhone app.
  • You’ll need a recent iPad backup to get your data back after you restore and unlock it.
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If you lock your iPad using a passcode (and for your privacy and security, you should) you can rest assured that it’s highly secure.

But if you can’t remember the passcode – or you’ve entered it wrong so many times that the iPad is disabled and won’t accept the passcode anymore – you can still unlock it.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to reset the iPad to its factory-default settings in the process. Afterward, you can replace your data from a recent backup. Here’s how to do it.

How to unlock your iPad using iTunes

If you have a recent backup, you can restore your iPad with iTunes. This will erase all the data along with your passcode, allowing you to unlock your iPad, and then replace the data from a backup.

1. On your computer, start iTunes and then connect your iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

2. Force your iPad to enter recovery mode.

  • If you have an iPad with Face ID, quickly press the Volume Up button, press the Volume Down button, and then press the Power button until you see the recovery mode screen appear on the iPad.
  • If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold both the Home and the Power buttons at the same time until you see the recovery-mode screen.
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A locked iPad can be reset by connecting it to iTunes and pressing the right button combination.

3. On the computer, you’ll see a dialog box that says there was a problem with your iPad. Click “Restore.”

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If you can’t unlock your iPad, you can reset it to factory settings and then click “Restore” to use data from a backup.

How to unlock your iPad using Find My iPhone

If you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer, you can use Find My iPhone as long as you’ve previously enabled this feature.

1. Go to the Find My iPhone website. Or if you have another iOS device like an iPhone, you can open the Find My iPhone app on that device.

2. Log in to your iCloud account, if you aren’t already.

3. If you’re using the Find My website, click the “All Devices” link and select your locked iPad from the list.

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Select your iPad from the Devices dropdown menu.

4. Now, select Erase iPad.

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Click the Erase My option in the device menu that appears in the top right.

5. A window will appear, confirming that all your iPad’s content and settings will be erased. To complete the restore, click “Erase.”

6. If you’re using the Find My iPhone app, select your iPad from the visible list of devices and then tap Actions.

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Select your iPad from the list of Apple devices.

7. Now choose “Erase iPad,” and confirm the choice by tapping the red “Erase Mac” button.

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Select Erase iPad to restore your device to factory settings.

After the iPad is erased and restarts, you can then restore your iPad with a recent backup.

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How to find out in 2 easy steps if your data was exposed in an online breach

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  • Check if your email account or password is compromised in two easy steps on haveibeenpwned.com.
  • Billions of online records have been exposed in the past decade through breaches, hacks, or leaks.
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A website called “Have I been pwned” can help internet users determine if their data has been exposed in an online breach.

Maintained by security analyst Troy Hunt, the database on haveibeenpwned.com, lets you check if one of your email addresses or passwords has been compromised, or “pwned,” in internet speak.

After typing the website into your browser, you just have to type in the address of the email account you wish to check for breaches. The site cross-references that email address with more than 10 billion accounts compromised in past breeches.

Here’s an example:

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Then, just click the “pwned?” button next to the search bar.

If your account is in the clear, you’ll get a green page that says “Good news,” with references for how to increase security.

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If your account details have been leaked, you’ll see a red screen that says, “Oh no — pwned!” It will tell me how many data breaches the email has been found in and where it may have been “pasted” to a publicly facing website.

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Over the weekend, more than 500 million Facebook users’ phone numbers, full names, locations, email addresses, and biographical information were leaked online, Insider reported. That adds to the more than 4 billion online records that have been stolen or accidentally leaked in the last 10 years, according to data from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

If affected, consumers should take steps to secure their accounts by changing a password and setting up two-factor authentication.

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A guide to network security keys, the password for your Wi-Fi network

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A network security key is essentially a password designed to unlock a Wi-Fi network.

  • A network security key is basically your Wi-Fi password – it’s the encryption key that protects your internet.
  • There are three different kinds of network security keys: WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each more secure than the last.
  • The type of security key you choose, along with how strong your password is, determines how safe your network is from hackers.
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If you’re new to setting up or troubleshooting your Wi-Fi connection, you might be wondering what a network security key is. Luckily, it’s not as confusing as it sounds – your network security key is essentially just your Wi-Fi password.

Of course, it’s not actually that simple – if it were, we wouldn’t need another word for it. A network security key is a specific type of password that allows your Wi-Fi router to talk to the device you’re using, and allows you to use the internet securely.

What to know about network security keys

Network security keys have become more sophisticated over time, and there are now a few different kinds that work a few different ways. Knowing what kind of network key your router uses can be important for setting it up and solving issues.

There are three common types of network security keys.

How to find your network security key

Depending on which security key you go with, your password might be located in a couple different places – most of the time, default WEP keys can be found on a piece of paper given to you by the network owner with the router. Default WPA/WPA2 keys are usually printed somewhere on the side of your router, often on a sticker.

While setting up your router, you should create a new password so that you can remember it more easily. You can also go in and change your Wi-Fi password at any time.

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When setting up a new router, always change the password.

If you’ve forgotten your Wi-Fi password, it’s not the end of the world. As long as your computer is already connected to the router, you can pull the password up that way instead – this works on a Mac or on a PC. You can also share access with others across Apple devices, whether you’re using a Mac or an iPhone.

How to create a strong password

Network security keys are an important part of keeping your network protected – and in a world where we do most of our business online, that protection is more important than ever.

Making sure you select the highest security network you can is part of that, but another part is selecting a good password. Experts say that a strong password has as many of the following qualities as possible:

  • Is 12 characters or longer (the longer the better)
  • Uses a mix of numbers, letters, and symbols
  • Doesn’t use common substitutions (like zero for “O,” $ for “S,” et cetera)
  • Doesn’t use an easy keyboard path (like “asdfjkl,” “qwerty,” or 123456)
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Picking a proper password is incredibly important.

One of the most highly recommended ways to create a secure password is to make it a random combination of words that one might not usually find together, or else a simple sentence. For example, security experts would likely say that “PeanutButterManPants” and “PutThatDownJordan” are both strong passwords. Add some numbers or symbols and you have one of the best possible defenses against hackers.

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