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Saving Wi-Fi Passwords On Your iPhone: Is It Possible?

Jeremy from Santa Ana, CA writes: I am upgrading my iPhone and have many network passwords saved for all the Wi-Fi hotspots I’ve visited in the past. How can I move all those saved network passwords from my old iPhone to my new one?

Hi, Jeremy.  Thanks for the great question.

I’m an Android guy.  For my money, there’s not a lot to like about iPhones (no expandable storage, limited number of apps), but one thing that I’ve always been jealous of is the ease of backing up an iPhone to iTunes or the cloud.  For an iCloud backup, simply turn iCloud on and then choose which items you want to back up.

For an iTunes backup, just connect your device to the computer, right-click on it and choose BACK UP.

Your backup includes apps, photos, music, movies, contacts, saved text messages and voice mails… almost everything.  Almost.

One thing that’s NOT included is external passwords, such as Wi-Fi.  But there is hope!  There are external programs such as DataVault, 1Password and RoboForm.  Many of these are available as apps for your iPhone, which means that when you back up to iTunes or the cloud, it backs this up as an app and includes all of your passwords with it.

I hope that this helps.

Randal Schaffer