I was wondering if anyone know if it is possible to connect your iPhone/iPad to a router via WiFi Protected Setup (WPS)?

I would like to bypass entering my password on my iOS device and speed pairing similar to how printers can get on the router with a PIN or first attempt.

1 Answer 1


No, you cannot do this (source). You should strongly consider not using WPS anyway, as it has a number of documented security issues. Apple has a page which describes recommended router setup for connecting an iOS device, which might help.

  • 1
    if WPS is the only option then it is better to use it then to leave the network wide open... but we can say that about all the security setups... You know the old saying "if there is a will there is a way".
    – TheXed
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 16:20
  • 2
    @TheX WPS is never the only option. On any network that has WPS configured, there are other authentication mechanisms in place - WPS is just an available shortcut. While it may not be possible to disable WPS on some APs/routers, it's never enforced as the only authentication option.
    – Iszi
    Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 4:37
  • 1
    I'm confused by this answer. The security issues seem to refer to WPS being steadily enabled, but the only way I know WPS on wifi routers is that it can be manually enabled for a few minutes (it will automatically disable itself again afterwards), just so one device can quickly connect without the necessity to manually retype (and probably mistype several times) the password. With the alternative in mind, I'd say WPS can be the only option acceptable to end users; their default reaction when I have to re-type my wifi password on a new mobile device is usually to ask me to simply shorten or ... Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 18:48
  • 7
    THat is such a typical Apple answer! "We can't do that and you shouldn't want to anyway."
    – mwengler
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 1:53
  • 2
    @Iszi how ridiculous, of course WPS is sometimes the only option. I'm at a holiday cottage and the router password is missing.
    – mjaggard
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 9:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .