How to easily share your Wi-Fi network with Android 10 using QR codes

Pixel 4 XL showing the Android 10 Wi-Fi settings page
Pixel 4 XL showing the Android 10 Wi-Fi settings page (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

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!

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How to easily share your Wi-Fi network with Android 10 using QR codes

  1. Open the Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Network & internet.
  3. Tap Wi-Fi.
  4. Tap the gear icon by your home network (mine is JoeKennedy).Source: Joe Maring / Android Central

  1. Tap Share.Source: Joe Maring / Android Central

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.

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Additional Equipment

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 router

Google Nest Wifi router (Image credit: Google)

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 15-foot ethernet cable

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

TP-Link N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender (Image credit: TP-Link)

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.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.