We've all been there, either as guests at someone else's home, or hosting some friends, when the inevitable request comes in: "Hey man, what's the wifi password?".
Clearly you have it saved somewhere, right? A piece of paper, that steel trap noggin of yours? Eh, what's the difference? At the end of the day it's still an awkward question to ask, and there's a 50% chance you're going to put the host through a gambit just to get you the password (hint: grandparents' house is pretty much a black hole pal).
Since macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, Apple took the guesswork out of getting everyone connected. If your guests are using either of those Operating Systems, have them select your network. and then put their device in close proximity to one of your devices already connected to the network. The dialogue box will pop up on your device asking if you'd like to share the password for your wifi network with the device next to it, and voila! Everyone's connected.
A few things to note here:
- The devices have to pretty close to each other in order for this feature to work (best practice is to put them side by side)
- You need to have that person saved in your device's Contacts app . The card in your Contacts app has to match your friend's "My Card" in their contacts
- Based on personal experience, you pretty much get one shot at this transfer process, so be patient and don't be too hasty to tap your screen. I've found that not hitting the "Share Password" button on the nose usually results in the dialogue box disappearing, along with your chance to ping your buddies your wifi password.
With the 2018 Holiday season in full swing, there's no better time to put this process into action! From all of us here at BFA Technologies, Inc., we wish you a happy "networking"!