iOS 11 has a lot of interesting features which will be soon flowing to the compatible iPhone and iPad devices. Prior to the consumer rollout of the iOS 11, Apple has made the operating system available for beta testing to developers. Although the public beta will roll out later this month, early testers have started revealing useful new features through the course of the beta phase. One of the features to be revealed is a setting related to Wi-Fi, which allows automatic latching onto the shared network for a seamless experience. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 heading to the stores soon, launch event still rumored on October 13Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Mini could cost $700, lack 5G connectivity; Here’s everything we know about the compact smartphone
The network sharing feature works the same manner as other first-time setup and account login processes. As a report on 9to5Mac points out, the UI is the same as the AirPods pairing process with the main device asking you for permissions. Here’s how it works. Also Read - Apple Watch Series 3 users should wait before updating to watchOS 7; Here's why
If you have an iPad running iOS 11 and an iPhone running the same OS version and want to share an existing Wi-Fi connection (of your home or office) on a new device, in this case, the iPhone, then all you need to do is bring the phone closer to the iPad and just tap. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11 s screen capture feature could be nightmare for Snapchat users
When you try to connect the iPhone to the Wi-Fi, a message for the password will pop on the new device. It is here that the already connected iPad will help the secondary device connect automatically. Once you bring the iPhone close to the iPad, a message will pop on the tablet saying an iPhone is trying to join the network. You can then send the password with a single tap, over-the-air, to the iPhone and viola! The password field will be automatically populated with the login credentials, and the connection will be setup instantly.
There are a few caveats here. One of the first and foremost is that the devices in question must be iOS 11 compatible and running the latest version. Secondly, while the feature does away with the need to remember the complicated and often long router password, the main device (iPhone or iPad) must remember the password. Thirdly, the secondary device or devices must be nearby and unlocked so as to initiate to auto-setup. While it may seem like a subtle feature, it could prove useful for families where multiple iOS devices are used and children need to be monitored for internet usage. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11: Release date, device compatibility, key features and everything else you need to know