Wi-Fi won’t ask for password: 6 quick solutions to fix this problem
However, from time to time your modem/router may behave erratically and fail to ask users for a password as they try to access your Wi-Fi connection. Sometimes, your computer may be the culprit.
What to do if Wi-Fi is not asking for password
- Restart your modem/ router
- Update your computer
- Change your Wi-Fi password
- Delete your WLAN profile
- Ask your computer to forget the network
- Temporarily turn off antivirus and firewall
1. Restart your modem/ router
Obviously, restarting your modem is the first workaround on the list. This simple action often works wonders and could quickly solve your Wi-Fi problem in less than five minutes.
Simply unplug the power cable from the electrical outlet and wait a couple of minutes. Then plug your modem back into the electrical outlet, press the power button to turn on the device and check if the problem persists.
2. Update your computer
Make sure that your machine is running the latest Windows 10 OS version and driver updates. Wi-Fi issues are very common when running outdated software versions. Checking for updates and installing the latest patches may fix this issue, so give it a try.
Go to Settings > Update & Security > click on the ‘Check for updates’ button.
3. Change your Wi-Fi password
Many Windows 10 users confirmed that changing the Wi-Fi password fixed the problem. Here’s how to do this using Control Panel:
- Go to Start > type ‘control panel’ > double click the first result
- Go to Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings
- Right-click on your wireless network > select Status
- Go to Wireless Properties
- Click on the Security tab and change the password
If you can’t change your password, go to your modem’s user interface and set the new password from there.
4. Delete your WLAN profile
Now, if Windows 10 won’t prompt you for credentials for your Wi-Fi connection, it’s possible that the network profile is stored by the WLAN auto-configuration service. To fix this issue, you need to delete the stored profile. Here are the steps to follow:
- Launch Command Prompt as ad administrator and run the following commands:
- netsh wlan show profile
- netsh wlan delete profile and ddd the profile name of the network you wish to delete.
- If you want to delete all profile, then run this command: netsh wlan delete profile *
- Restart your computer and check if Windows 10 asks you to enter your Wi-Fi password.
Also, keep in mind that if you want Windows 10 to prompt you for the password every time, you need to uncheck the “Connect Automatically” option when connecting through the network.
- Click on the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar > click on Properties
- Toggle off the option to connect automatically.
5. Ask your computer to forget the network
- Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Manage Wi-Fi settings
- Scroll down to Manage known networks
- Left click on your network > select Forget
- Now, search for the network and enter your password.
6. Temporarily turn off antivirus and firewall
Some users reported that disabling antivirus and firewall software fixed the problem. In other words, temporarily disable your antivirus protection, wait for a couple of minutes and then try to connect to your Wi-Fi network and see if your computer prompts you to enter any password.
Don’t forget to enable antivirus protection as soon as the test is over.
There you go, we hope that these quick solutions helped you fix the problem. Let us know which one worked for you.
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