Nowadays, one of the most common questions you may get is, “What’s your WiFi password?” The problem with it is, most people have started using long and complicated WiFi passwords. And it’s not easy to remember and share a password like “gY1J4t&U.”
That’s why some operating systems have created workarounds to make sharing WiFi passwords as simple as using QR codes.
QR code is a two-dimensional matrix barcode that contains the information for which it is created
Password Sharing Essentials
Before sharing your password, you should keep a few things in mind. Be careful with who has access to your network password, be it in a QR code or other form. You don’t want an unauthorized individual using your WiFi for whatever reason.
Likewise, there are more secure ways of sharing passwords. If you do it online, you should enable a VPN to ensure your connection is private and nobody can intercept it.
As with other passwords, you should change your WiFi password every now and then. Depending on how often you share your password, you may want to change it every 30-90 days. It is the best way for you to know who has access to your network at all times.
Sharing a Password with a QR Code on Android
Step 1: You need to access the information about your WiFi network. Open Settings and check the status of connection under “Network and Internet.”
The main thing you need is your Network Encryption Type and SSID. Write these things down on a piece of paper for easier access.
Step 2: Install a QR Code Generator and create your QR code. You should be able to select between the different types. Tap the button that says “Text” and select “WiFi” from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Enter your SSID, password, and network type. You also need the password that accesses your WiFi network. Make sure all this information is correct because the app can’t tell you if it’s wrong or not.
Step 4: Then tap “Generate” to create the code. Save the code to your phone.
Step 5: Share your password. You can find your code saved in your gallery in the “QR code folder.” Once you open the image, your friends can scan it. It includes both Androids and iPhones.
Once they scan the code, they need to tap “Join Network,” and they can connect to the network.
You also have the option to print it out on a piece of paper. It is an excellent option for people who rent rooms or flats on Airbnb or have frequent guests.
Sharing a Password with a QR Code on Windows 10
Creating and sharing a password with a QR code on Windows 10 also requires a third-party app.
Step 1: Again, have all the information about your network: name, authentication type, and password.
Step 2: Install WiFi QR Code Scanner. It works both for connecting to WiFi via a QR code and generating a new one.
Step 3: Select “Create QR Code” and fill in the blanks: WiFi network name, authentication type, and password. You can also generate a new WiFi password. But then you also need to change it on your router.
Step 4: Click “Generate QR Code” and print, save, or share your password.
Sharing a Password with a QR Code on Apple
It’s a little more complicated to set up QR code sharing on the iPhone. You have to program a shortcut. Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Shortcuts app on your iOS device (iOS 12 or later) and tap “Create Shortcut.”
Step 2: Tap the “Settings” icon and name shortcut (i.e., WiFi Password.) You can also customize the image if you want.
Step 3: Add the “Get Network Details.” Select your WiFi network. You can also use it for other networks you use.
Step 4: Provide the password. You can add it as a “Text” action, or you select “Ask for Input” and enter the work “Enter the WiFi Password.”
Step 5: To generate a QR code for the network, create a new string in this format:
WIFI:T:WPA;S:<your WiFi network name>;P:<WiFi network password>;
“T” is your type of authentication (WPA or WEP). “S” is the network name. “P” is the password.”
Step 6: Once you created the string, you can generate the QR code. Do this by adding “Generate QR Code action.”
You can also modify “Error Correction” to Low, Medium, Quartile, or High to let you better manage data if there is a problem with the code.
Step 7: Add the “Quick Look” action to preview the QR code.
Step 8: Run the shortcut by hitting the play button in the app.
It may take a little trial and error, but setting up QR codes to share your passwords does make your life easier. And that’s not all you can do with them. QR codes are great for all kinds of things like sharing contact details, links, apps, and more. But be sure always to keep security in mind to protect your network and your data.