Here’s how to find the Wi-Fi password for any network you’ve connected to

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Network passwords are usually saved on Mac or Windows computers by default.

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From the editorial office: We originally made a mistake with the Windows instructions and fixed it. See below for details.

When you log into a Wi-Fi network, whether it’s work, school, or your local coffee shop, your computer usually remembers your password the next time and automatically connects to the network. But what if it doesn’t connect right away and asks you to re-enter your password instead?

If your laptop or computer has connected to this Wi-Fi network before, don’t worry. The first time you connect to a network on a Mac or Windows computer, the network name and password are stored in memory. It’s fairly easy to dive into your computer’s settings to extract and save your password to other devices.

Read on to find out how to find passwords for all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on macOS and Windows. For more information, here’s what you need to know about the latest MacBook Pro and MacOS Monterey update.

How to find Wi-Fi passwords in macOS

Every password you enter and save on your Mac is stored in Keychain Access – the password management system for macOS. This includes passwords for Wi-Fi networks.

To get started, use the Search feature to open the Keychain Access app and do the following:

1. Click here System under System key rings in the sidebar.

2. Then click Passwords at the top of the window.

3. Find the Wi-Fi network you want a password for and double-click it.

4. Finally, check the box next to it Show password and enter your password when prompted.

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Find all saved Wi-Fi passwords in the Keychain Access app on macOS.

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An empty password field will show the password you used to log into that Wi-Fi network. You can then double-click the password field to select a password and copy it to the clipboard if necessary.

How to find Wi-Fi passwords in Windows

Finding the password for the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connecting to is straightforward on Windows, but getting all of your saved Wi-Fi passwords takes a bit of work, so we’ll cover both methods below.

To find the password for the Wi-Fi network you are currently connecting to in Windows:

1. Click here Beginning button, then go to Control panel > Network and Internet > Network and sharing center (Windows 11) or Settings > Network and Internet > Status > Network and sharing center (Windows 10).

2. Near Relationshipsclick on the name of your Wi-Fi network highlighted in blue.

3. On the Wi-Fi status page that opens, click Wireless Real estate and then on Security strap.

4. Finally, check the box next to it Show characters to display the Wi-Fi password above it.

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You can easily find the password for the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to in Windows.

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However, this isn’t the only way to find Wi-Fi passwords. The above method only allows you to view the password of whatever Wi-Fi network you are currently connecting to, but there is a way to find the passwords for all Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on your Windows PC.

To find all passwords for a Wi-Fi network in Windows:

1. Right click on the mouse Windows systray icon on the desktop.

2. Click here Windows Terminal (Administrator).

3. Enter show netsh wlan profile and hit Enter on your keyboard to view all Wi-Fi networks you connect to.

4. When you find the Wi-Fi network you want the password for, enter netsh wlan show profile “(Wi-Fi network name)” key = clear (for example, netsh wlan show the profile “Netgear667” key = clear), and then press Enter key.

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You can use Windows Terminal to find all passwords for a Wi-Fi network.

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Profile, Connectivity, Security and Cost settings will appear. The Wi-Fi password will appear in Security Settings, next to Key Content. In addition to the Windows Terminal, you can also use the Command Prompt app to type the commands listed above to find Wi-Fi passwords.

If you want to read more about passwords, whether they’re on your computer or smartphone, check out the best password managers to use and nine rules to follow when creating a password.

Correction, March 25: One of the commands to find the Wi-Fi password in Windows has a typo. Fixed third step in alternate method. Here is the corrected step:
3. Enter show netsh wlan profile and hit Enter on your keyboard to view all Wi-Fi networks you connect to.

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