WiFi Sense in Windows 10

What you need to know about WiFi Sense in Windows 10


WiFi Sense is a new feature only made available by Windows 10 that is not available in all areas of a specific country or all countries. It enables network sharing by friends or contacts using Facebook, Outlook.com and Skype. Only people running a phone or computer or tablet using Windows 10 can make use of it. Moreover, anyone using it has to be signed into a Microsoft account – Hotmail, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, etc.

Your Windows 10 device uses the password of the Microsoft account that you have chosen to use with Windows 10 as its own login password. In short, every time you boot into Windows 10 you have to enter your Microsoft account’s password if you have chosen to supply it with a Microsoft account. You can still use Windows 10 without providing it with a Microsoft account, but then you won’t be able to use the Store to download free or paid-for apps, the doing of which requires an account.

WiFi Sense needs to use your location to find and log in to hotspots and shared networks. Location is set under Settings => Privacy => Location. Location can be disabled there, but then it cannot determine your current location and won’t be able to find hotspots or share networks.

What Microsoft says about WiFi Sense

“When you first connect to a network that you decide to share, you’ll need to enter the password, and then select the “Share network with my contacts” tick box to share that network.”

“The initial settings for WiFi Sense are determined by the options you chose when you first set up your PC with Windows 10 or your phone with Windows 10 Mobile. You can change your WiFi Sense settings any time by selecting Settings => Network & Internet => WiFi => Manage WiFi settings on your PC or Settings => Network & wireless => WiFi => WiFi Sense on your phone, and then changing one or both of these settings under WiFi Sense: Connect to suggested open hotspots – Connect to networks shared by my contacts.”

Question: “Do all my Facebook friends, Skype contacts and Outlook.com contacts have access to the networks I share?”

Answer: “You control whether you want to share your password-protected network with your contacts using WiFi Sense. You can share a network with just your Facebook friends, mutual Skype contacts or mutual Outlook.com contacts, or with all three groups if you want. It’s up to you.”

It is not possible to pick and choose individual contacts with which to share your Wi-Fi connection.

“WiFi Sense is designed to not show your WiFi network password to your contacts. For networks you choose to share access to, the password is sent over an encrypted connection and is stored in an encrypted file on a Microsoft server, and is then sent over an HTTPS connection [which is made secure by encryption] to your contacts’ PC or phone if they use WiFi Sense.”

“WiFi Sense gives your contacts Internet access and is designed to prevent them from accessing other computers, devices or files on your home network or other network that you choose to share. If you have a small business and share that network, WiFi Sense is designed to prevent your contacts from accessing intranet sites on that network.

“You share with your contacts, but not their contacts. The networks you share aren’t shared with your contacts’ contacts. If your contacts want to share one of your networks with their contacts, they’d need to know your actual password and type it in to share the network.” You would have to supply that password because it is not shared with contacts.

“If you don’t want to use WiFi Sense, you can go to Settings => Network & Internet => WiFi => Manage WiFi settings on your PC or Settings => Network & wireless => WiFi => WiFi Sense on your phone, and then turn off Connect to suggested open hotspots and Connect to networks shared by my contacts.”

Here is the page on Microsoft’s site from which the quotes above have been taken. It contains all of the information on WiFi Sense anyone is likely to need:

WiFi Sense FAQ –