Let there be WiFi… *poof*
Saving your 4G data is no laughing matter. We all know the drill by now. Whenever you’re somewhere with WiFi, you want to connect to it. Duh. Otherwise, flicking through your Instagram feed could quickly eat up your data.
Still, there’s something a little awkward about having to ask your friend for their WiFi password when you’re at their house. Although, deep down in your heart, you know there’s nothing wrong with using their internet, it just feels a bit cheeky.
If you want to avoid an uncomfortable social interaction (who doesn’t?), Apple may well have the answer. Yes, with the upcoming iOS 11 update, you’ll be able to use your pal’s WiFi without even saying a word. Instead, you can digitally request the password through a new feature called WiFi Sharing.
How Does WiFi Sharing Work?
So, how will this mystical new WiFi Sharing feature work? The idea is to make the whole process much easier, cutting out unnecessary hassle.
1) Hold your iPhone near another iOS device
If you’re at a friend’s house and they have an iOS device that is already using the WiFi, you can hold your phone near their device to request access.
iOS 11 – hold your iPhone by an iOS device on WiFi to request the password for the network. 🙌📡 pic.twitter.com/XTL68e0zwO
— Chris Maddern (@chrismaddern) June 7, 2017
2) Pull up the WiFi login screen
Next, pull up the WiFi login screen and click the WiFi button as you usually would when connecting to a network.
3) Wait for permission
Your friend will then get a notification asking to send you their WiFi password over-the-air. Yes, that means that they don’t even need to tell you what the password is.
4) Accept the transfer
You get the option to accept the transfer, confirm and the password field will automatically be filled. After that, you can start using the WiFi network until your heart’s content!
WiFi Sharing will be available on the iOS 11 update, which officially launches in autumn this year, along with a whole load of other extras including the ability to delete pesky apps and new memory options.