Which network is this? What is the password? How do you spell that?
If you are like us, you have heard these questions from guests to your home or to work many, many times. You probably learned the answers by heart, or you wrote them on a map for just that situation. With Android 10, there is another, easier way to share relevant information with others. You do not have to remember details or enter a password. Google has added a quick-link option to generate a QR code that you can view with a tap of your phone screen. Visitors can then scan the code on their phone to immediately connect to their network.
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How to Create a QR Code for Your Wi-Fi Network
A Pixel 4 was used in this guide. If you have a phone with Android 10 and would like to try it, follow these steps:
- Lower the notification protection and long press on the Wi-Fi icon or tap Settings> Network and Internet> Wi-Fi. Fi .
- Most likely, tap the network you want to share details with on the network you're currently connecting to.
- Tap the option Share with a QR code icon.
- You may need to confirm with a face or fingerprint scan or PIN or pattern that you are. Then your phone should display a QR code with the password below it on the screen.
Note : You do not necessarily have Android 10 to do this. A similar feature offers for example our Samsung Galaxy S10 with Android 9.0 Pie. Just pull down the notification protection, long-press the Wi-Fi icon, and tap the network you want to share. At the top of the page a QR code should be displayed.
How to scan a QR code and join a Wi-Fi network
Although not all phones can generate a QR code for network settings, most can read a QR code. The camera app includes a QR reader for most Android phones and iPhones with iOS 11 or higher. How to use it and what to do if it does not work:
- Open the Camera app and hold the phone over the QR code for a few seconds.
- A link or notification should appear Click the name of the network you want to join on the screen and then tap to log in to this Wi-Fi network.
If this does not work on your Android phone, but you are using Android 10 Try the following:
- Drag the notification panel down and long-press the Wi-Fi icon, or tap Settings> Network and Internet> WLAN .
- At the end of the list, the option Add Network should be displayed with a blue QR code icon on the right. Tap and align the scanner.
If this does not work and your phone is running an older version of Android, try the following:
- Open Camera App Settings and look for an option to turn on Google Lens or Suggestions for Google Lens , then try again.
- If that does not work, you can install the Google Lens app and scan the QR code with it.
- If you prefer something else, install an app such as QR Code to read and scan the QR code with it.