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How to View All Your Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Your iPhone and iPad

Here's how to find the passwords for every Wi-Fi network you've ever connected to on iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro
iOS 16 expands the iPhone capability for sharing Wi-Fi networks and passwords.
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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET's collection of news, tips and advice around Apple's most popular product.

Apple's iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 have plenty of cool features, but one of the most useful additions is an easier way to find every single Wi-Fi password that you've ever entered into your iPhone or iPad. It's a feature that's been available on Android for years, and is way more flexible than Apple's previous method for sharing Wi-Fi network access.

Before iOS 16, the only way to share your Wi-Fi network was to either have the password memorized or place your Apple device close to someone else's to share it automatically -- but this only worked between Apple devices. This automatic way of sharing your password never showed you what the password was, so if you wanted to connect your Nintendo Switch or smart TV to the internet this way, it just wouldn't work.

Fortunately, this latest feature lets you easily go into your settings, find a Wi-Fi network and view the Wi-Fi password. You can then copy and paste it into a text message or email and easily share it with anyone else who needs it. Here's how. (Also, here's how to find stored Wi-Fi passwords on your Mac.)

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How to view a saved Wi-Fi password on iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

For this to work, you must be either connected to the Wi-Fi network or have connected to it in the past and be near enough to the router for the network to appear in your settings. If you meet these requirements, launch the Settings application on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 and do the following:

1. Go to Wi-Fi.

2. Find the Wi-Fi network you want the password for and tap on the blue information icon to the right of the network name.

3. Tap on Password and use Face ID, Touch ID or enter your passcode to view the password.

4. Finally, hit Copy to save the password to your clipboard.

Wi-Fi network settings on iOS 16

You can view passwords for any Wi-Fi networks you've ever connected to, as long as you're currently connected to it or near enough that it appears under My Networks.

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You can then paste the Wi-Fi network password into a text message or email to share it with someone, or just tell them the password.