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7 Tricks to Fix iPhone Not Sharing WiFi Password after Upgrading to iOS 12

by  Fay J. Melton  |  Tuesday September-25 2018  11:03:36

A hidden feature in iOS 11 and iOS 12 is ‘Share Your Wi-Fi’. What can it do for us? The guest wanted to connect to our WiFi which has complicated password settings for security issues. You may need to repeat the password constantly until they enter the correct WiFi password. It sounds embarrassing and cumbersome. In iOS 11 or iOS 12, you can instantly share the WiFi password to your friends with just a tap. However, several users reported that the iPhone not sharing WiFi password with Mac or other devices. It always says that it fails. The purpose of this article is to fix the problem of sharing your WiFi password.

Part 1. How to Share WiFi Password Without Entering the Password

The device connected with WiFi is called device A, and the device not connected with WiFi is called device B.

Step 1. Enable WiFi from Settings on both the 2 devices running iOS 11 and iOS 12. Ensure that device A should to be connected with WiFi.  

Step 2. The device connected with WiFi should be unlocked. Then take the 2 devices close with each other.

Step 3. A pops up will appear on device A asking to share its WiFi as the picture below, unlock the 2 devices and tap "Share Password" button to share the password with device B.

Step 4. On device B, the password will be automatically filled in. And that’s all of it!

Part 2. How to Fix WiFi Sharing Not Working in iOS 12

1. Restart the iPhone and router

It is always the first idea to may come to our mind whenever any issues occurred on iPhone. It is also the simplest fix.

  • Power off iPhone: Press and hold the iPhone’s power button until slide to power off option appears. Slide from left to right on the screen to power off the iPhone. Wait for 15 seconds then hold the Power button to turn on the device until the white apple appears.
  • Reboot router: take the router out of the wall for ten seconds and plug it back in. Then reconnect the iPhone with WiFi and share the password.
force restart iphone

2. Make sure that both devices are running iOS 12

This new feature is developed in iOS 11, which means the WiFi password sharing can only be used on iPhone, iPad running iOS 11/iOS 12 version, as well as a Mac running macOS High Sierra. In a word, both the device A and device B should be up to date.

Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to check if the newest iOS version has been installed and updated. If a new update is available, click on Download and Install to keep the device up to date.

3. Turn off and turn on WiFi

Another tech support is to turn off and turn on WiFi. You can swipe up from the bottom of the home screen to disable and enable WiFi, or visiting Settings > Wi-Fi to turn off and turn it on.

4. Forget the network and rejoin

The WiFi connection problem could also lead to the WiFi password sharing issue. Thus try to forget the network and join again could also be effective.

To do that, by visiting Settings > Wi-Fi, find the network name and click on letter ‘i’ which is at the right of the network name. Then tap Forget This Network on the screen. After that, you need to rejoin the network by entering the network password.

5. Reset Network Settings

Try this choice if the methods above are not working. Refresh network setting will also make a difference to the WiFi password sharing problem. Before going ahead, you need to be mindful of the fact that all the cellular, Wi-Fi passwords and VPN and other settings will be erased.

  • Launch Setting on iPhone and tap on Genetal.
  • Click on Reset button and select Reset Network Settings.

This action should help to fix various WiFi problems, including iPhone won’t share wifi password.

6. Fix WiFi sharing not working using a tool without data loss

To tell the truth, after upgrading to iOS 11 or iOS 12, different old and new problems will come up from time to time. That’s why iOS System Recovery is developed. It’s a reliable 3rd-party tool to kill most iPhone problems in a moment without any data loss. And you don’t need any profession technical knowledge to use it. It is simple to operate.

Core features of iOS System Recovery:

  • It is able to addressing almost all issues related to iOS system.
  • No date will get lost during and after the fixing process.
  • Its user-friendly interface will make you control the program without any hassle.


Step on how to fix iPhone wifi sharing not working with iOS System Recovery

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and install the fix toolkit on computer and select ‘iOS System Recovery’.

Step 2. Click Start button on the interface as below.

connect iphone to computer

Step 3. The program will automatically detect the iPhone information and its relevant firmware package. Check the device information and correct it manually if necessary. Then tap on ‘Start Repair’.

Step 4. After the download process has completed, you can directly reboot the device to check its performance.

repair ios system

7. Restore iPhone to factory settings (data loss)

The most universal way to remove bugs on iPhone is to restore the iPhone to factory settings,  to say it informally, refreshing the iOS version. To avoid data loss, you need to take your time to make a full backup of the iPhone data with iTunes or iCloud.  

Ensure that the complete data are protected in a secure way and download the newest ipsw file with iTunes and restore the iPhone to factory settings.

restore itunes backup

Do you have a better idea to overcome the problem of sharing your wifi password? We are glad to hear your productive deliberations below.