7 Tricks to Fix iPhone Not Sharing WiFi Password in iOS 13/12

A hidden feature in iOS 13 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 13 or iOS 12, you can instantly share the WiFi password to your friends with just a tap. However, several users reported the issue of 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 iPhone WiFi password.

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Part 1. How to Fix iPhone WiFi Sharing Not Working in iOS 13

1. Restart iPhone and Router

It is always the first idea to 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.

turn off and turn on iphone

reset wifi router

2. Make Sure That Both iOS Devices Are Running iOS 13

This new feature is developed in iOS 11, which means that the WiFi password sharing can only be used on iPhone, iPad running iOS 11/iOS 12/iOS 13 version as well as a Mac running macOS High Sierra. In a word, both of the device A and device B should be updated to the newest version.

Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to check if the newest iOS 13 version has been installed and updated. If a new update is available, click on 'Download and Install' to keep the device up to date.

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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 wifi and turn it on.

turn off and turn on wifi

4. Forget the Network and Re-join

The WiFi connection problem could also lead to the iPhone wifi password sharing not working 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 on 'Forget This Network' on the screen. After that, you need to rejoin the network by entering the network password again.

Forget this network

5. Reset Network Settings

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

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

reset network settings

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

6. Fix iOS 13 WiFi Sharing Not Working without Data Loss

To tell the truth, after upgrading to iOS 13 or iOS 12, different old and new problems will come up from time to time. That’s why FoneGeek 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 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.
  • iOS 13 and iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Mac are also supported.


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 Repair’.

fonegeek home

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

ios system recovery

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 ‘Fix Now’.

ios system recovery

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

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 ios system

Part 2. 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 13 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!

share wifi password

Do you have a better idea to overcome the problem of iPhone wifi sharing not working in iOS 13? We are glad to hear your productive deliberations below.  


By Fay J. Melton

Posted on May 05, 2018, 14:19:16

Fay Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.