iOS: Don’t Use Spaces in Your Wi-Fi SSID Name

Mac Geek Gab listener Daniel has a tip for us when it comes to using spaces in your Wi-Fi SSID name. In short: don’t.

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Daniel writes,

Image of a router. Don't put spaces in your Wi-Fi SSID name.

On a recent trip, my dad was having trouble connecting his Windows laptop to his iPhone’s Personal Hotspot. We tried all the usual troubleshooting – toggle Wi-Fi, check network settings, even restart the computer. Nothing was working. We knew something was odd because my iPhone and laptop were working happily just on the other side of the table.

I finally remembered way back in my brain about having read that spaces in the SSID would cause a connection failure. Sure enough, the SSID on my hotspot was just “Daniel” rather than the default “Daniel’s iPhone”. So I directed him to Settings > General > About > Name, changed the device name/SSID to something different without a space, and he was off to the races.

Here’s a bonus tip: if you were to change that same SSID and the Hotspot password to match your home network details, all the devices you travel with will connect to your hotspot without any additional client configuration.

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Aaron Staten

Starting my IT experience in the mid-late 90’s, remembering the years of hacking wep passwords thru auditor and other linux distros, I must say spaces have causes issues before. And even today, some devices just have issues. either AP to AP repeater-type links, or just mixing different devices and OS’s.


Was it the space, or was it the apostrophe? I know what my money’s on.


Dr. Evil: including a space in order to prevent a Windows laptop from connecting would be regarded by some as a feature

Lee Dronick

I can’t find a reference where using a space in the SSID name is bad.