Are you examining the Wi-Fi password for a network you’ve logged in to in the history? Whether it’s a coffee shop, school, work, or web, your laptop’s password should be stored.
But if it doesn’t automatically link to the network next time, you may have to dig to find the password.
If your computer has linked to that Wi-Fi network before, don’t worry. The first time you attach to a Mac or Windows computer network, the network name and password are kept in memory. So it’s relatively straightforward to dive into your computer settings to extract and record the password for other devices.
If you’ve omitted a Wi-Fi password to a network you formerly logged in to, your computer should still have it saved. Network passwords are usually protected by default on Mac or Windows.
We’ll tell you how to discover the passwords to all of the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on macOS and Windows. Here’s what to understand about the latest MacBook Pro and the macOS Monterey update for more details.
How to discover Wi-Fi passwords on Windows
Discovering the password to the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to is accessible on Windows, but obtaining your hands on all stored Wi-Fi passwords brings a bit of work, so we’ll examine both methods below.
To locate the password to the Wi-Fi network you’re presently connected to on Windows:
- Tap the Start button and then drive to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center (Win 11) or Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network and Sharing Center (Win 10).
- Next to Connections, tap your Wi-Fi network name highlighted in blue.
- In the Wi-Fi Status page that unlocks, connect Wireless Properties and then on the Security tab.
- Finally, inspect the box next to Show characters to show your Wi-Fi network password above it.
You can quickly discover the password for the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to on Windows.
However, this isn’t the only way to discover your Wi-Fi network passwords. The method above allows you to view the password to whatever Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to. Still, there is a way to find the passwords to all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on your Windows computer. To discover all your Wi-Fi network passcodes on Windows:
- Right-tap on the Windows icon in the taskbar on your computer.
- Tap Windows Terminal (Admin).
- Write in netsh WLAN show profile and strick Enter on your keyboard to consider each Wi-Fi network you’ve connected to.
- Once you discover the Wi-Fi network you desire the password for, type in netsh WLAN display profile “(Wi-Fi network name)” key=clear (for instance, netsh WLAN show profile “Netgear667” key=clear), and then hit the Enter key.
How to discover Wi-Fi passwords with MacOS
Every password you’ve documented and saved on a Mac is kept in Keychain Access, the password management system for macOS. And that contains Wi-Fi network passwords.
To start, utilize the search feature to open the Keychain Access app and do the pursuing:
- Tap on System under System Keychains in the sidebar.
- Next, tap on Passwords at the top of the window.
- Find the Wi-Fi network you desire the password for and double-click on it.
- Finally, review the box next to Show password and enter your password when prompted.
The password field will then exhibit the password you used to log in to that Wi-Fi network. If required, you can double-click in the password field to select the password and copy it to your clipboard.
Windows Terminal on Computer
You can employ Windows Terminal to discover all your Wi-Fi network passwords. First, profile, security, connectivity, and cost settings will appear. Next, the Wi-Fi network password will emerge under Security settings next to Key Content. In supplement to Windows Terminal, you can also utilize the Command Prompt application to type in the commands listed overhead to find your Wi-Fi passwords.