I want to setup a wifi connection on an iPhone 6S.

I have the SSID name and WPA password. But the wifi access point is out of range. It is not my phone. I want to set up the wifi name and password so that when the access point is within range in the future, it autoconnects.

When I try to add the connection it complains that it cannot connect, so it is wrong, so it won't save it.

Is there a way? So far the only way I found is to setup a local wifi hotspot with the same name and password and connect to that. I am not sure it works.

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    you won't be able to add an encrypted (WPA) access point that is out of range because the first time connection is different than re-connect, and on a first time connect keys are negotiated and stored, the password is never actually stored in the form you see it... it becomes and is stored as an encrypted key.
    – Tyson
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 3:01
  • Thanks. I was afraid of something like that. I am still waiting for the result of my try.
    – Florian F
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 19:32
  • OK, regarding my try, the wifi didn't work at all. So I don't know if it would have connected. But after Tyson's comment I'd say probably not.
    – Florian F
    Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 16:36

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Perhaps you can set up a temporary access point at your present location with the same SSID and password, then connect to that? I do not know if the iPhone is going to save some other router-specific identifying information which would prevent connection at the other location, but if you have two routers available to you where you are it would be pretty easy to test.

  • As I said, that is exactly what I did but I don't know yet if it works. I created a hotspot on my mac.
    – Florian F
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 1:19

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