Android 10 introduced a ton of new features for users, with some of the highlights being a dark mode and new gesture navigation. One lesser-known addition was that of QR codes for Wi-Fi, making it easier than ever to share your home network with guests. Need some help finding where the feature lives and learning how to use it? We're here to help!
Products used in this guide
- Pure Android 10: Google Pixel 4 XL (opens in new tab) (From $847 at Amazon)
How to easily share your Wi-Fi network with Android 10 using QR codes
- Open the Settings on your phone.
- Tap Network & internet.
- Tap Wi-Fi.
- Tap the gear icon by your home network (mine is JoeKennedy).
- Tap Share.
After verifying that it's you (using your phone's fingerprint sensor or entering your PIN/password), you'll see a QR code on your screen that your friends and family can scan to connect to your Wi-Fi. It also displays the Wi-Fi password below the QR code, making it dead-simple to get connected in just a few seconds.
Your phone needs to be running Android 10 for this to work, but anyone can scan the QR code regardless of what version of Android they're running. Even if the code is scanned with an iPhone, it'll still work.
Upgrading to the best wireless router can improve your signal quality but if you're like me and live in an apartment complex with a lot of different networks cluttering your guest's Wi-Fi page on their phone, this can be a life-saver.
Our top equipment picks
Pure Android 10
Google Pixel 4 XL
The cleanest, purest Android experience you'll find
If you want the best way to experience Android as Google intended, the Pixel 4 XL is for you. Android 10 runs like butter on the phone, and with guaranteed updates through October 2022, it'll keep getting the latest versions of Android for years to come. It also has an incredible dual-camera setup, a 90Hz display, and one of the best face unlock systems we've ever seen.
Speaking of Wi-Fi, here are a few related accessories that we recommend picking up to take your wireless network to the next level.
Google Nest Wifi (opens in new tab) (From $149 at Amazon)
A single Nest Wifi router blankets your home with 2,200 square feet of coverage, and you can add more if needed. It has blazing-fast data speeds and is super easy to set up.
Mediabridge Ethernet Cable (opens in new tab) ($7 at Amazon)
If you want to establish a wired connection with your Nest Wifi router, this Ethernet cable does the trick. It's durable, supports speeds up to 10Gbps, and comes with a free velcro strap.
TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (opens in new tab) ($15 at Amazon)
Having Wi-Fi coverage issues in your home? This range extender from TP-Link works with any router/modem and boosts the wireless signal in troublesome rooms. It also supports speeds up to 300Mbps.
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