Pro tip: Turn your Wi-Fi password into a QR code for easy sharing

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How to turn your Wi-Fi password into a QR code
Forget entering lengthy Wi-Fi passwords.
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Pro-tip-4Don’t you just hate having to give visitors your long and complicated Wi-Fi password? Instead, make connecting to your network quick and easy by turning your password into a QR code that can be scanned in an instant.

We’ll show you how.

Most of us don’t mind sharing our Wi-Fi when people visit. What we hate is having to find our password and then read it out (several times because it’s never right the first time) so that someone new can join our network.

But it doesn’t have to be so complicated. Visitors can join your network quickly and without entering passwords by simple scanning a QR code with their smartphone. We’ll show you how to create out.

How to turn your Wi-Fi password into a QR code

Creating a custom QR code for your Wi-Fi network is free and simple. But before you get started, there are some things you’ll need. First, jot down the name (SSID) and password of your Wi-Fi network.

Remember, both the SSID and password are case-sensitive, so be sure you write them down carefully. Now follow these steps:

  1. Visit the QiFi website where you’ll find a free QR code generator.
  2. Enter your Wi-Fi network’s SSID name.
  3. Enter your Wi-Fi network’s password.
  4. Click Generate.

Once your code has been generated, you can export it as a PNG file or print it right away. We recommend saving it first so that you have access to it later and can print additional copies if you need to.

You can then put your QR code in a place where it’s easy for others to scan. If you don’t have a printer, save the QR code to your phone. Others can then scan your screen when required.

How to scan a QR code

iPhone and most Android devices now have the ability to scan QR codes baked-in. Simply open the camera app, point your device at the QR code, and tap the notification when prompted to follow the link.