How To Connect to WiFi without WiFi Password
The vast majority of Wi-Fi networks are password-protected. However, there are ways to access them without knowing the password. Keep in mind that hacking someone’s Wi-Fi network is against the law. So, always be sure to have the owner’s permission before accessing their network.
Let’s look at some of the methods you have at your disposal.
Connecting to a Wi-Fi network without a password is easy as one-two-three if you have access to the router. For this method to work, you’ll need to adjust some settings on your phone and use the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.
- Launch the “Settings” app from the Home screen.
- Navigate to the network and internet settings section.
- There, tap the “Wi-Fi” tab.
- Next, enter the Wi-Fi preference tab.
- Tap the “Advanced” button.
- Tap the “Wi-Fi Push Button” option.
- Now that your phone is ready, press the WPS button on the router. It is usually located on the back side.
- Your phone will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network.
Alternatively, you can use the router’s PIN to access the network. This is an 8-digit number and it’s found on the sticker on the bottom of the router. However, this doesn’t work every time.
Using the WPS button is the quickest method, and it requires the least amount of work. Also, it works with almost all Android and Windows devices. Unfortunately, iPhone and MacBook devices don’t support the WPS feature.
Router Guest Mode
If you want to share your Wi-Fi with someone without giving them the password, this is the way to go.
Pretty much every router nowadays supports guest mode. If you imagine the main network as your house, you can think of guest mode as the guest house right next to it. This method works with all smartphones and devices with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Follow these steps to set up a guest network on your router:
- Open your computer’s browser and paste your router’s IP address into the address bar. Commonly, the address will be either 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
- When you hit enter, the browser will take you to your network. Use your credentials to log in.
- Once you’ve logged in, you’ll need to locate the “Guest Network” option. You are likely to find it in the “Wireless Settings” section.
- When you locate “Guest Network”, you should enable it.
- Next, name your guest network (enter its SSID) and set the password. You can opt for something as simple as “ASDFGH” or “12345670”. Likewise, you can leave it completely open.
- Click the “Save” button to confirm the settings and create the network.
With a guest network, you can provide separate access to your router. This keeps your own devices safe from malware. It’s also easy to limit bandwidth, so you don’t have to worry about your guests slowing the network down.
If you’d like to access someone’s Wi-Fi network or let them use yours without using passwords, you can always use QR codes. Have in mind that this method will take a bit of time and know-how to work. Once again, the network owner’s consent is required.
Here are the basic steps to sharing someone’s Wi-Fi using QR code scanning.
- Launch the browser on your friend’s computer and go to the QR Stuff
- You will see the data type menu on the left side of the screen. Click the radio button next to the “Wifi Login” option.
- After that, let your friend enter their network name (SSID) and password. You won’t need to see the information at any point. Also, they should select the network type from the drop-down menu.
- When the site generates a QR code, print it on a blank piece of paper.
- Grab your own phone and unlock it.
- Launch any QR code scanning app. If you don’t have this kind of app, download and install one from Google Play. If you have an iPhone, the built-in camera app will do the trick.
- Scan the code with your phone. This should automatically connect you to the Wi-Fi network.
Alternatively, you can download a third-party app and convert the QR code into an NFC tag. Here’s how it’s done with the WiFiKeyShare app.
- Download the app from Google Play on your friend’s phone.
- Once the download is complete, launch the app.
- Let your friend enter their network’s parameters to generate the QR code.
- When the code appears, tap the NFC tab to see its NFC equivalent.
- Send the NFC tag to your own phone. You should be able to connect to the Wi-Fi network without problems, as all Android versions from the Lollipop 5.0 support NFC tags.
There are ways to share the Wi-Fi network even if one is reluctant to share the password. Using these methods can help you be a gracious host without endangering the safety of your home network.