iOS 16 finally lets you see and share your Wi-Fi network password as text

Apple’s iOS 16 software lets you view any Wi-Fi networks you connected to in the past, including your iPhone’s Wi-Fi network password, just like you can on the Mac.

A cropped iPhone screenshot of the Wi-Fi settings page in iOS 16 with a new Password field visible that you can touch and hold to reveal the network password
  • Apple’s iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 software finally lets you browse all known and managed Wi-Fi networks right from your iPhone or iPad, like you can on the Mac.
  • You can view and delete previously joined networks from within the Settings app. Now you can forget that coffee shop Wi-Fi without having to be nearby.
  • iOS 16 also makes it possible to view the password to any network you’ve connected to previously. This lets you display your iPhone or iPad’s Wi-Fi network password very easily, as well as copy it to share with Android devices.

iOS 16 lets you view your iPhone’s Wi-Fi network password

iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are feature-packed releases with lots of little things under the hood, such as a pair of cool improvements to the Wi-Fi section of the Settings app:

  • View managed and known networks: Hit the ⓘ icon next to a known or managed Wi-Fi network in Settings, then you can see the details, reveal passwords as well as delete any known network you like.
  • View your Wi-Fi network password: In Settings, select the wireless network you’re currently connected to and copy the network password from there.

Too get to your list of all remembered networks, touch the new “Edit” button in the upper-right corner of the Wi-Fi page in Settings. You can easily view, edit and delete any saved network from there, as well as copy the password to the clipboard for sharing via text, email and more. And to protect your privacy, showing a network password requires authenticating with Touch ID, Face ID or your passcode.

Now you can forget networks without having to be nearby

You cannot view Wi-Fi network passwords on iOS 15 and earlier versions, but this new feature in iOS 16 is useful on so many levels. Imagine you’re at a friend’s house. For the love of God, you just can’t remember the password to their network even though you previously connected to it. Now you can simply reveal it by touching and holding on to the new “Password” entry in the network details in Settings → Wi-Fi. Or perhaps a friend came by, wanting to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi but you couldn’t use iOS’s handy password-sharing option because they had a phone without NFC? Well, you can now copy the network password and message it to them.

Suppose you’d like to un-join a previously-joined network. In iOS 15, you can only forget the network if you’re currently connected it. With iOS 16, you can forget a previously saved network without needing to be in range and connected to it.

On the Mac side of things, you’ve been always able to view saved networks. It’s also easy to see passwords for your iPhone’s saved Wi-Fi networks on a Mac, using Apple’s Keychain Access app. That said, there’s one Mac-specific perk that remains missing from iOS to this date: Setting the preferred order for Wi-Fi networks. Read: How to securely share any saved password with a nearby iPhone, iPad or Mac

When will iOS 16 launch?

The first iOS 16 beta arrived via at the 2022 WWDCC on June 6, 2022. A public version for all users to try out on their iPhones is due sometime in July through the website. iOS 16 will launch publicly in the fall alongside iPadOS 16. macOS Ventura should become available a few weeks following the arrival of iOS and iPadOS 16. Keep in mind that this is prerelease software so some features could change significantly during the beta-testing period.

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