Feature request: QR code for WiFi setup

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encacz
encacz
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Hi,
it's not a new feature request, but all previous discussions are already closed:

https://1password.community/discussion/82070/feature-request-wifi-qr-code-display
https://1password.community/discussion/117784/feature-request-generate-qr-code-image-for-wifi
https://1password.community/discussion/107880/suggestion-wifi-qr-code-in-wireless-router-item

I think the request is still valid and would be useful.
I know that there are workarounds, but they are not safe (paste WiFi credentials to some 3rd party website to generate qr code) or too laborious.
In fact the absence of QR code for WiFi motivate people to use simple and short passwords, because they can be easily typed manually to guests devices. It goes against the basic idea of your service - to make it easier for people to use secure passwords.

I hope we will see this feature in the application soon.


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  • Hey there @encacz

    I'll add a +1 to that feature request for you. I use Android's built-in ability to generate QR codes for Wi-Fi passwords quite a bit and I can see how that would be helpful when applied to 1Password.

    If you haven't already tried it, you can also Securely share 1Password items with anyone, even if they're not using 1Password. That generates a link (valid one time, or for a time window you specify, up to 7 days) that you can send to someone. If you want, you can limit the link to only be useable by the email address(es) you choose. This works with any of your 1Password items, not just Wi-Fi passwords. Give it a go some time and let me know how you find it. :)

    — Grey

    ref: IDEA-I-268

  • encacz
    encacz
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    Hi @GreyM1P
    thanks for the reaction.

    I know the "share 1Password item" feature and I use it in some cases.
    But if somebody visit me and I want to give him access to internet via WiFi, then it does not help to share with him the WiFi credentials via this feature. He need to connect to WiFi to be able to get these shared WiFi credentials. We are in the loop.

  • @encacz

    You're welcome! I can see how something like a QR code would be helpful in cases where the person you're sharing something with is offline, and that's what that feature request mentions. I can't make any promises about if or when that feature will come to 1Password, but our Product team does routinely monitor our feature requests. Keep an eye on the 1Password release notes to see what's new as it updates: 1Password Releases.

  • looselyrigorous
    looselyrigorous
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    Hey @GreyM1P, you can add a +1 for me as well.

    Features in Android are very inconsistent between phone brands and even models within them. In my case, I have to be connected to the SSID whose password I want to share. As luck would have it, I run internal and guest SSID's both at home and work, so whenever I want to give access to guests I have to hop back and forth between SSID's, which is very annoying.

    As mentioned by @encacz sharing the password via a hyperlink is a bit of a chicken and egg problem, as some people might not have a data plan, or are using a tablet without cellular service support.

    Functionality aside, I will also repeat the argument that it is best to keep credentials where they're secure. I've read about workarounds like generating the QR code picture and embedding it in a secure note, but it's an inelegant solution at best.

    I hope this feature is pulled out of the back burner at some point 🙂

  • TravelSD
    TravelSD
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    I would love this feature built into 1Password! +1

  • ag_andrew
    edited June 28
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    @encacz, @looselyrigorous, @TravelSD

    Thanks for your patience, check out the mobile or desktop beta for a sneak peek, or hang in there for the full release soon

    https://mastodon.social/@_german/112610011936304014

  • encacz
    encacz
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    Thank you @ag_andrew for the good news. Can't wait for the next release.

  • ag_andrew
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    Glad to hear it @encacz, let us know how it works for you 💙

  • foobar42
    foobar42
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    edited July 12
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    @ag_andrew There may be a possibility of increasing security of a connection provided by this sort of a QR code for WPA3-Personal without WPA2, but there are potential complications.

    At least stock Android generates QR codes with T:SAE instead of T:WPA type if the base station advertises only WPA3-Personal. (When it's WPA2/WPA3, it generates T:WPA.) Also, when reading such QR codes stock Android refuses to join to WPA2 networks (instead of WPA3) on initial connection, which is a security benefit against a downgrade attack.

    The problem with above is that T:WPA is the only security type really defined by the WPA3 WIFI URI spec. Maybe 1Password could have a setting for trying to generate T:SAE QR codes for WPA3-Personal networks, and a default of T:WPA.

  • ag_andrew
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    Hey @foobar42, thanks for the feedback.

    I'm not too familiar with SAE, so I think I need to do some research 😅. I need to figure out what the cross-platform compatibility story is, since we can't tell which device is scanning the QR code, I want to make sure there's a high chance that T:SAE will work for the majority of other devices.

    So I can't promise an outcome, but I promise to look into it.

    Thanks again for the insight and please do let us know if you run into any more trouble. 💙

  • foobar42
    foobar42
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    edited July 12
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    @ag_andrew I'm mostly concerned that if it doesn't work across both iOS and common Android devices it's going to be nuisance. (It should be remembered, though, that devices without WPA3 support couldn't join networks which are defined as WPA3-only anyway.) Only device I've tried with was a Google Pixel phone. Apparently many open source projects have been implementing the "SAE" security type on WIFI URI generation/parsing recently on their tools, but googling if they also work on iOS is not obvious. It should be straight-forward to try out though!

    Anyway, great if you can take a look. 👍

  • ag_andrew
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    @foobar42 Good to know, thanks!

  • foobar42
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    @ag_andrew Tried this with an up-to-date iPhone with a friend at pub: apparently T:SAE works with it. Not a proof of universal applicability but nonetheless. I also see that some related code has been present in Android repositories since 2019.

  • ag_andrew
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    @foobar42 Awesome! Glad to hear it, thanks for trying that out! 💙

  • encacz
    encacz
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    I can confirm it works very well. Thanks @ag_andrew for this feature.

  • ag_andrew
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    @encacz So glad to hear it. Thanks for letting us know 💙