- Wireless connections are incredibly useful, and if you own a laptop, Wi-Fi is probably your connection of choice.
- But what if you need to view saved Wi-Fi passwords? In today’s article, we’ll show you how to do that on both Mac and Windows 10/11.
- See how to check connection properties or use Powershell or Command Prompt in Windows.
- On a Mac, you will have to use the Terminal panel. You can also check your network's password in Google Chrome.
We use Wi-Fi almost every day on our devices, and we have dozens of saved networks on our devices. But what if we need to see saved WiFi passwords for certain networks?
These operating systems keep track of previously saved passwords. This includes all the networks you connected your device to.
There are multiple different ways to see your WiFI password in Windows and Mac, and you can even use your browser to do so.
This is pretty easy to do, and in today’s article, we’ll show you how to do this on both Windows 10/11 and Mac computers.
How do you find your Wi-Fi password on PC?
There are multiple ways to see WiFi password on your Windows 10/11 PC. You need an account with administrative rights. The simplest method is to check your connection settings. You can also use the Command Prompt or Powershell.
You can use the Command Prompt to learn more about your network connections and check your activity, devices, and more.
How do I list Wi-Fi networks using CMD?
There are several commands that you can use to get network-related information. Most PC requires the administrator’s rights to use these commands.
- Make sure to select Run as administrator when you open CMD.
- Type the following command:
netsh wlan show wlanreportPress enter.
- The Command Prompt will generate the report and display its location. To access it, open the Windows File Explorer and paste the location in the location bar. Press Enter.
- This will open the report in a new window or tab on your default browser.
The report shows info about the computer you execute the command from including name, manufacturer, BIOS version, operating system, and more.
You also get a list of all Network Adapters that are connected to your network. You can see the name, type of connection, connectivity percentage, and other useful information.
Another useful command that will give you a list of the WiFi networks in your area is
netsh wlan show networks
Operating systems keep logs of the passwords of your saved networks. So if you have trouble connecting to a network you have logged into before on your Windows on Mac computer, check the following instructions.
How can I view saved WiFi passwords on Windows 10 and Mac?
1. Check your connection properties
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Go to the Network & Internet section.
- Click on Change adapter options.
- Double-click your Wi-Fi connection.
- Click the Wireless Properties button.
- Go to the Security tab and check Show characters checkbox.
- You should now see the password for this Wi-Fi connection in the Network security key field.
2. Use PowerShell or Command Prompt
- Press Windows Key + X and choose PowerShell (Admin).
- When the PowerShell starts, enter the following command:
netsh wlan show profile WI-FI_NAME key=clear
- Be sure to replace WI-FI_NAME with the name of your Wi-Fi network.
- Scroll down to the Security settings and in the Key content field you should find the password for this Wi-Fi network.
3. Use Keychain Access
- On your Mac go to Applications > Utilities section.
- Start Keychain Access from there.
- In the Keychains field select System. In the Category section select Passwords.
- Locate the network in the right pane and double-click it.
- Now check the Show password checkbox.
- Enter your administrative password and the Wi-Fi password will appear.
4. Use the Terminal
- Go to Applications > Utilities and start the Terminal.
- Run the following command:
security find-generic-password -ga WIFI_NAME | grep “password:”
- Replace the WIFI_NAME with the name of your network.
- Now enter your administrative credentials.
- The Wi-Fi password should now appear.
How to find WiFi password on Google Chrome?
- Open Google Chrome.
- In the address bar type 192.168.1.1 and press Enter.
- Enter your router’s username and password.
- Go to the Wireless section.
- In there you should see your Wi-Fi settings.
- If available, check the Show password option to reveal your Wi-Fi password.
Keep in mind that you need to know both your router’s IP address and login credentials to do so. Also, some routers won’t reveal your password, so this workaround might not work for you.
Viewing the saved password on Windows 10 and Mac is quite simple, and you can easily do it using the graphical interface.
If you’re more tech-savvy, you can easily reveal the saved password by using the command line. Did these methods work for you? Let us know in the comments below.
Want to learn more about network connections? For more info, go to our Network & Internet section.
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