iPhone X Need help restoring wifi passwords after network reset settings

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by nim6us, May 26, 2019.

  1. nim6us macrumors member

    nim6us

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    So I was having some issues with my 4G connection and part of the troubleshooting was to reset my network settings. Good news is, it fixed the issue. Bad news is, I lost all my saved wifi connections and passwords.

    If I go on my MacBook all my wifi passwords are still saved in my keychain. However whenever I visit a location that has wifi I've previously connected to when I go to connect with my iPhone the wifi password is gone. The problem is unless I have my MacBook with me I can't access the password.

    My question is:

    1) Is there a way for me to import the wifi passwords from my keychain into my wifi saved connections on my iPhone? I'd prefer this be one sweeping action, but if need be I can enter them in one by one if there's an option.

    2) If there's no way for me to import the connections and passwords is there a way I can access the passwords in my keychain directly from my iPhone as most of the time I'm not carrying my MacBook with me.
     
  2. EDH667 macrumors 6502a

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    On your iPhone go to settings, click on Apple ID, iCloud (very top next to your picture), click on iCloud, scroll down and make sure Keychain toggle is on.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Some Wifi passwords do get carried over when doing encrypted backup. But in your case, it might be a bit more straightforward to just manually type each wifi password on your iPhone, or take notes of all your wifi passwords and type them whenever you want to connect that wifi on your iPhone.
    I am a bit worried that his keychain gets overwritten after his network setting is reset. Not sure if this is the case.
     
  4. nim6us thread starter macrumors member

    nim6us

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    Thanks for the replies!

    Yes the Keychain setting is and has been toggled on.

    And no I did not lose my passwords, as I said in my post they’re still present in my Keychain that I can see in my MacBook.
     
  5. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    In the future (from this day forward) also keep important passwords and log in credentials in a password manager app. Then you'll never get in this pickle again.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    What I usually do when I need to re-enter these is copy them to a text file and save to Dropbox. With my iPhone I can then select and copy the password and then paste.

    A pain in the ass to be sure but still better than typing them all back in.

    You could probably create a list, copy and paste all into one document and save that to whatever cloud service you use. Then copy paste as you need them on the phone.
     
  7. nim6us thread starter macrumors member

    nim6us

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    @now i see it
    Again... my passwords are not lost they’re in my Keychain

    @eyoungren
    Wow what an incredibly low tech effective idea! I have LastPass which has Secure Notes that will allow me to copy my wifi passwords to a note that I can protect. It’s not ideal, but it will work thank you! :D
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    No problem. I agree though, it's not ideal. But it sure beats re-entering all these by hand. Especially if you have a lot of networks.
     
  9. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030

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    Is icloud keychain on on your Mac as well? I did this same thing once and got them back that way.
     

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