How to find all saved Wi-Fi passwords on Mac and Windows computers?

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Find all saved passwords on macOS and Windows.

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The first time you connect to a Wi-Fi network, both the username and password are stored on your computer. Normally, you don’t need to know these credentials again as your computer should automatically connect to this network when you’re nearby, but you’ll definitely need this information if you have other devices you want to connect to the internet.

Do you have MacBook Pro action MacOS Monterey or HP Pavilion MFP with Windows 11, there’s an easy way to find passwords for all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on macOS and Windows. Here’s how.

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 the 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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A blank 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 plan netsh 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.

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