Setup Canon 6D Wifi for Multiple Devices

One of the best features of the Canon EOS 6D is its built-in Wi-Fi function, which unfortunately isn’t the easiest to set up the first time around. In another blog post, I did a visual demonstration of how to enable Wi-Fi on the Canon order to connect it to a smartphone for remote control or image sharing.  But what if you have two smartphones or another Wi-Fi device you want to connect to the Canon 6D via Wifi? This tutorial will show you how to enable Canon 6D Wifi across multiple devices.

Before you get started, make sure you have a compatible smartphone with the EOS Remote app installed.

Canon 6D Wifi Manual

Part 1: Setup Canon 6D Wifi for One Device

Part 2: Setup Canon 6D Wifi for Multiple Devices

Part 3: Use Canon 6D Wifi to Share Images on Social Media

Part 4: Shoot Tethered with DSLR Controller (in case Wifi doesn’t work)

Step 1:

Once again, we want to head over to the Camera Settings 3 tab in the LCD screen Menu of the Canon 6D. Select Wi-Fi Function.

Canon 6D Wifi Manual

Step 2:

This time, we’ll automatically get a list of functions to choose from. Assuming you want to connect the camera to a second smartphone or a tablet, hit the Connect to smartphone option.

How to set up Wifi on Canon 6D

Step 3:

In the next camera screen, hit the Camera access point mode option, then select OK.

How to set up Wifi on Canon 6D

Step 4:

Select the Easy connection option, then say OK.

How to set up Wifi on Canon 6D

Step 5:

Here’s where things get interesting. You should see the below screen flash up on your Canon 6D. What it basically means is that the Canon 6D is creating a WiFi network for your mobile device of choice to be connected to. This means you should grab your mobile device (ie. mobile phone, tablet), and switch on its WiFi. Search for the SSID network mentioned on your Canon 6D, and connect to the network using the provided Encryption Key. Wait for your mobile device to be connected to the WiFi network before proceeding. Also, note that your mobile device will lose Internet access when connected to the Canon 6D’s WiFi network.

How to set up Wifi on Canon 6D

Step 6:

After you have successfully connected your mobile device to the Canon 6D’s WiFi network, the below screen will pop up on your camera, allowing you to specify a name for the new network connection that you have created. I prefer to name the network after the mobile device I’ve connected it to. In this case, it’s myNexus 7 tablet. My other network is named S_Galaxy after my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

Canon 6D wifi 06

Canon 6D wifi 06

Canon 6D wifi 06

Congratulations! You have officially set up a second mobile device with WiFi connection to your Canon 6D.

Canon 6D Wifi Shortcut

The bulk of the hard work is done, and now when you want to connect a mobile device to your 6D, the instructions are much easier and clear cut. On the Canon 6D, enable Wi-Fi from your menu’s Quick Control screen (the Q button).  Head over to the Wi-Fi icon on the far right, and select it to Enable Wi-Fi. Select the Connect to Smartphone option.

Canon DSLR Wifi manual
You will then be prompted with the below screen. Before you press the Connect button, be sure to verify that the Choose set option has your intended mobile device selected. In my case, I have the option of choosing between the Nexus 7 set I just created in this post or the S_Galaxy set I created in the previous tutorialCanon DSLR Wifi manual
Canon DSLR Wifi manual

After you verify which mobile device you want to connect to, hit the Connect button. Then switch your mobile device’s WiFi network on and connect to the Canon 6D’s network when it is available. You can now use the EOS Remote app to browse photos just taken with your Canon 6D or opt for remote shooting.
Canon DSLR Wifi manual


In Conclusion

Did this tutorial help you connect a second or third device to your Canon 6D’s Wifi? Let me know how your experience went in the comments below.

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  • Thanks again

  • Hello there. I need your help. My 6D wifi was worked well before with my iphone 5. But I hv forgotten the password. Now I can’t connect or reset my wifi function to make a new password. Pls help.
    Also I have followed the above instruction to connect with my 2nd device iPad2 but failed.
    After click the wi-fi function my menu comes up like :
    Confirm set.
    There is no screen like you have showed.

    What is the way out?

    Best regards.

    • Hi Apon,

      I’m sorry you are facing troubles! I have never seen this error pop up, and unfortunately don’t have an iPhone to test it out myself. I did a quick Google search for “Canon 6D Wifi Reset” and found some forums. It seems others have faced a similar issue. Give some of these forums a try and see if any of the advice there works for you. I hope this helps!

  • Mike

    I set up my galaxy ok using the encryption key, when I went back later to connect my iPad it asked for the encryption key again. As far I can see the encryption key only appears on the initial setup. I didn’t make a copy of the key. How do I find it again on the 6d?

    • I’m not sure there’s a way to make the encryption key reappear. Honestly, I would simply unlink the two devices and re-link them again to get a new encryption key.

  • Don

    Suzi – Thanks so much for this tutorial! I was frustrated thinking I could only connect to a single device. I have a question you may know the answer to? When using the Quick Control button, my wifi showed up as “Off”, and nothing would happen when I selected it. I realized wifi has to first be enabled in the Menu settings to then be controlled with the Quick Control. But do you know, if it is “enabled” in the menu settings but set to “off” in the Quick Control, does it then not drain the battery? In other words, even though it’s still enabled in the menu settings, does turning it “off” with the Quick Control button actually turn it off so it’s not running in the background? If so, I suppose I would perpetually leave it enabled, but then just control turning it on and off with the Quick Control button. Thanks

    • Hi Don,
      Great question! I’m glad you were able to figure out the other Wi-Fi control that has to be enabled in the Menu setting. Sometimes this can be a bit tricky to figure out. In my experience, the only time when Wi-Fi will really start to drain the battery is if Wi-Fi is enabled through the Quick Control menu. When this happens, you’ll typically see the “Wi-Fi On” signal blinking in the camera’s top panel near the shutter button, and this can take its toll on the battery. Other than that, the battery doesn’t seem drained when the Wi-Fi is enabled in the menu only. I hope this helps!

  • Paul Walton

    Thanks for these two tutorials. Best I have found either online or in books.

  • dosnavigator

    When control camera via wifi is there a possibility that the lcd screen of the camera to be turned off? Because the smartphone screen is enough for this operation

    • Good question. I don’t believe this is possible, unfortunately. Perhaps a newer update of the app might allow for this.

  • Rick Hamill

    Suzi: Thank you so much for the tutorial. Your easy to follow instructions allowed me to setup my iPad on the first try! I’d been surfing the web for a couple of days trying to find instructions for setting up a 2nd device to my Canon 6D. Very glad I discovered your site. Cheers, Rick.

    • Glad to be of help! Thanks for the comment, Rick. Hope you are enjoying your camera 🙂

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