Android Q finally allows easy sharing of Wi-Fi passwords as QR code or simply text

Android Q finally allows easy sharing of Wi-Fi passwords as QR code or simply text
We've all been there, asking our party host for the Wi-fi password, so that we can keep our mobile data to ourselves. They had to take it out from memory, track it written down somewhere, or, exasperated, turn over the router so that you can key in those twenty random digits yourself. 

If they had a phone whose Android overlay allowed the password to be rendered as a QR code, like most Chinese brands, and if your camera or third-party app could scan it, then sharing said password became inherently easier.

Well, the QR code thingy is now on system level in Android Q, and was present in the first beta that was outed to developers. With the latest Android 10 Q beta 3, however, which is available for no less than 23 phone models, Google has added the option to share your Wi-Fi password in plain text.

You need to tap on one of the networks saved in the Wi-fi settings menu, tap share, input your PIN or scan your fingerprint if you have applied those privacy precautions, and a QR code with the password will be generated for the other person to read, like in the first beta. 

Below it, however, they can now find the Wi-fi password in plain text to key in immediately if they don't know if or where they have QR reader abilities on their phone. About time!


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5 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Wait what? I have these function on my devices for years ... it was not a part of "clean" android?

2. Gryffin

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

What devices?

3. Usernameisnotsowitty

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 08, 2018

Huawei and other Chinese OEM's perhaps...

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It's great you say that. While it's common you read how great vanilla Android is, we really shouldn't just forget that Android OEMs do contribute their own features. Alot of these other OEMs that add features first then they are baked into stock Android.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You were right - not on my LG, it was on Xiaomi. Kinda curious what I will find on Samsung when I get home. Damn stock android is boring.

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