How To Use WPS on an iPhone

Are you looking for a way to connect a Wi-Fi Protected Setup network to your iPhone but need to know how? Well, there might be an unorthodox way of doing this on your device.

Quick Answer

It is not possible to use WPS on your iPhone because Apple does not consider it a secure protocol that can compromise the security of your device. However, you can manually type the Wi-Fi password you want to use on your iPhone.

Below, we’ve compiled an extensive step-by-step guide to show you how to use WPS on an iPhone. We’ll also provide solutions for iPhone Wi-Fi connectivity problems.

Using WPS on an iPhone

Although you cannot use WPS on your iPhone directly, you can use the Wi-Fi Direct feature on iOS 11 and above to connect to a Wi-Fi device, including WPS. Here’s how.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Wi-Fi”, select a network, and tap the info icon.
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  3. Toggle on “Wi-Fi Direct”.
  4. Tap “Done”.
  5. Launch the status bar and tap the Wi-Fi icon.
  6. Select the device and enter the password for Wi-Fi.
  7. Tap “Join”, and your iPhone will be connected to the WPS network.

Is Your iPhone Not Connecting to Wi-Fi Direct?

Try these fixes if you have manually typed the Wi-Fi password and enabled Wi-Fi Direct but still cannot get online on your iPhone.

Method #1: Power Cycle the iPhone

The first quick fix is simply to power cycle your iPhone the following way.

  1. Long-press the side/volume button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the slider and wait for 30 seconds to turn off your iPhone.
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  3. Long press the side button to restart your iPhone and see if you can use Wi-Fi Direct.

Method#2: Remove the Corrupted Wi-Fi Network

Another way to resolve your iPhone’s Wi-Fi Direct connectivity issue is to remove extra Wi-Fi networks by following these steps.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap “Wi-Fi”.
  3. Select the networks one-by-one and tap “Forget This Network”.
  4. Tap “Forget” to confirm.
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  5. Toggle off the “Wi-Fi” option and restart your iPhone.

Once your device is turned on, open the Control Center and tap the Wi-Fi icon to enable it. You will now be able to get online without any issues. 

Method #3: Turn the Airplane Mode On and Off

You can also troubleshoot Wi-Fi Direct on your iPhone by turning on and off the Airplane Mode in the following way.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Toggle the button next to “Airplane Mode” to enable it.
  3. Toggle the button to disable Airplane Mode, and after a few seconds, check if the issue persists.
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Method #4: Reset the iPhone’s Network Settings

If all the above methods fail, try resetting the network settings on your iPhone to remove the corrupted networks, APNs, and configuration in the following way.

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Go to “General”.
  3. Tap “Reset”.
  4. Tap “Reset Network Settings”.
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  5. Enter your password if prompted.
  6. Confirm the action and see if this resolves the problem.


In this comprehensive guide, we’ve discussed using the Wi-Fi direct feature to use WPS on an iPhone. We’ve also discussed a few ways to fix Wi-Fi Direct connectivity issues. 

Hopefully, your question is answered in this article, and you can get online quickly on your iPhone. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Apple not support WPS?

WPS is an old insecure standard that can easily be compromised. Therefore, to prevent any security breaches. Apple’s operating system does not support this network.

How do I know if my router/Wi-Fi is WPS?

To verify whether your router/Wi-Fi is WPS-enabled, check for a physical button labeled “WPS” on the device. If it’s not there, see if there is a virtual WPS button in the software settings of your router or access point. 

Is Wi-Fi Direct the same as WPS?

Wi-Fi Direct allows for peer-to-peer device communication without a nearby centralized network. One serves as an access point, and the other connects to it using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)  and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) security protocols. This connection enables quick and secure data transfer between the two devices.

Which is better: WPS or WPA?

Briefly, WPS is a system for automatically configuring the security of a wireless network. In contrast, the WPA is an encryption standard for wireless connection. However, both methods are not considered secure, and experts suggest using WPA2 instead.

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