How to Tell If A WiFi Network Requires a password on iPhone

If you need help with your WiFi network Password

Find out tell if a WiFi network requires a password and what to do if you don’t know or can’t remember the password.

How to find out if WiFi Network Requires a Password

If a Wi-Fi network has a lock 🔐 next to its name, it’s a password-protected network.

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If you don’t know the WiFi password

If your cable or Internet provider set up your WiFi router:

Look for a label on the side or bottom of the router. It may contain the default network name and password.


Network Key (Password): XXXXXXXX

If your provider gave you a setup sheet, it may contain your default network name and password.

Contact your cable or Internet provider to get help with recovering or resetting your Wi‑Fi password.

If you own your WiFi router:

  • If someone else set up your network, ask that person for help.
  • If you’ve never created a personal password, check the brand of your Wi‑Fi router and go to their website to find the default password.
  • To reset the password, call the router manufacturer, check their website or take a look at the router’s manual.

If you’re using a public Wi‑Fi network at a library, hotel, or other shared space:

  • Look for signs or information sheets that have the Wi‑Fi network name and password on.
  • Some public Wi‑Fi networks may ask you to log in after joining the network.
  • Ask a staff member for help.

If you know the Wi-Fi password, but it doesn’t work

If you know the Wi-Fi password, but it doesn’t work

On your iPhone, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to Settings > Wi‑Fi.
  2. Tap ios14 info icon next to the network that you’re trying to join.
  3. Tap Forget This Network, then confirm by tapping Forget.
    If you see Join This Network instead of Forget This Network, skip to the next section.
  4. Try to join the network again.

On your Mac:

  1. Choose Apple menu  > Preferences, then click Network.
  2. Select Wi-Fi in the sidebar.
  3. Click the Advanced button.
  4. From the list of preferred networks, select the Wi‑Fi network that you’re trying to join, then click the remove (–) button and confirm the action when prompted.
    If you can’t see your network, skip to the next section.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Try to join the network again.


If the network still doesn’t accept your password

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