The other day, my brother had to send an email urgently to his colleague. Since he was connecting to the Wi-Fi for the first time on his new smartphone, he asked what my Wi-Fi password was? I hadn’t had the need to use my password for quite some time and I had apparently forgotten it. But, then I researched and found a way to know what my Wi-FI password was. Trust me, the tricks we are going to discuss saved me from embarrassment and so it shall you too.
And, while I am a Windows user, I know my friends using Mac and Android might have to face the plight of forgetting Wi-Fi passwords. So, needn’t worry, in this post, we’ll discuss ways you will be able to retrieve Wi-Fi passwords.
How To Find Your Windows Wi-Fi Password
List of Contents
1. Via The Control Panel
1. In the Windows search box, type Control Panel and click on Open from the right-hand side
2. Click on the View by dropdown and select Category
3. Select Network and internet
4. Select Network and Sharing Center
Path for Windows Users
Settings (Windows + I key combination) > Network & Internet > Status > Network and Sharing Center
5. Click on your Wi-Fi name highlighted in blue color
6. Click on Wireless Properties
7. Next, click on the Security tab and further click on the Show Characters checkbox as shown in the screenshot below –
2. Via Your Windows Terminal or Command Prompt
The drawback of the above method is that you will be able to see the password of the Wi-Fi network that you are connected to now. But, what if you want to see the passwords of all the Wi-Fi networks you had ever been connected to? How will this be useful? Consider a real-life scenario –
Let’s say you frequently visit a cafe’ for your regular dose of coffee and while you enjoy your Coffee, you even surf the web on your Windows laptop. However, you have a knack for forgetting the password for which you have the manager to talk to. One day the manager’s on leave and unluckily you have forgotten the Wi-Fi password. But, now that you have visited the cafe’ one too many times, the Wi-Fi password of this cafe’ might be there on your computer.
For this purpose, you can take the help of your Windows Command Prompt or Windows Terminal.
At the outset, we’d like to mention that to execute the steps below you need to use the admin Windows Terminal or administrative Command Prompt.
1. In the Windows search bar, type Windows Terminal and click on Open from the right-hand side.
2. When the Windows Terminal or Command Prompt window opens, type
netsh wlan show profile
3. Now that you have all Wi-Fi networks, select the one whose password you want to see and take a note of it
4. Next type –
netsh wlan show profile (“enter the Wi-Fi network name here”) key=clear
5. Press Enter
The end result should look something like this and you will be able to see the password under Security settings against the Key Content.
How To Find Your Wi-Fi Password On Mac?
And, now that we have helped Windows users find Wi-Fi network passwords, let’s do something for our Mac pals as well. To begin with, every password that you have ever saved on your Mac makes its way in the Keychain Access which is how you save passwords on Mac. To access this feature –
1. Under System Keychains click on System
2. Click on Passwords from the top. You will be required to furnish your Keychain password here
3. Locate the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to see
4. Double-click on it
5. Click on the checkbox next to Show password and press Enter
To View Wi-Fi Password On Android 10 and Up
1. Open Wi-Fi settings
2. Tap on Network & internet
3. Here you will be able to see all connected networks
4. Select the network whose password you want to see
5. Next, click on Share
6. You’ll be able to see the password under QR Code
Talking About Passwords or Remembering Them –
The plight of forgetting passwords, or, coming up with not-so-strong passwords, or, storing passwords and many such problems fall on most of us, right?
Enter a password manager like TweakPass which is an answer to all such problems. It lets you come up with strong unconquerable passwords and keeps them behind a secure vault protected by a master password. It is available as a browser extension, and, you can access it both on your PC and mobile devices.
Know more about why TweakPass is the Ultimate Password Manager.
How To Use TweakPass?
Assuming you want to start off with TweakPass as an extension for Chrome (By the way, you can even get it for Firefox, Opera, and Edge as well), here are the steps –
1. Click on the Try it now button to download chrome extension.
2. Click on Add to Chrome
3. Click on the Add Extension button
4. Sign up with your credentials or create a fresh account by clicking on Create an Account
5. You are all set to put your confidential credentials and passwords behind a very strong secure vault. Make sure that you remember your Master Password
As for other browser extensions we just mentioned, you can check out this post and find how you can enable TweakPass on other browsers.
Found This Piece of Information Helpful?
Now that you know how to find Wi-Fi network passwords on your devices, share this information with others as well. However, we’d urge you to be very careful with who you are sharing your device or even password with. Agree with what we say? Or, rather second us, do let us know in the comments section below. For more such information, keep reading WeTheGeek.