Today, passwords are a vital means of accessing and protecting our digital assets and online presence. Most of us have a lot more passwords that we would like, and we are told they should all be different. Good luck with that.
There are many aspects of passwords that are critically important to our everyday use of Wi-Fi networks. The most obvious use is the password that we employ in order to log into a Wi-Fi network that we have not accessed previously. Less evident, but equally vital, are the passwords that protect the network’s infrastructure. We are talking about the password that is used to gain access to a Wi-Fi router.
This article will take a look at how to find Wi-Fi passwords on a variety of devices. You may need to obtain the passcode to give to another user so they can access the network. In the case of a Wi-Fi router, the password is the key to administering the wireless network. We will look at:
All Wi-Fi routers require you to enter a password if you want to gain access to their administrative functions. The password is designed to protect your router from unauthorized access by intruders who could potentially disrupt or compromise your network. Most Wi-Fi routers on the market come ready to use with a default password in place and do not force you to change it.
This is not a good way to keep your network secure. A list of the default passwords for most routers can be obtained from any number of online Wi-Fi password finders such as www.routerpasswords.com. You will find that most of the manufacturers do not attempt to secure their routers, as the default passwords are often “admin” or “password”.
If you have not done so already, we strongly suggest that you log into your router with its default password and replace it with a strong password that will keep your network secure. It is an essential step in maintaining the security and privacy of your network and its users. While we are on the subject of strong passwords, another recommendation is to make all of your passwords as strong as you can. Stop using your dog’s name spelled backward for everything!
Have you changed the default Wi-Fi router password to a more secure one only to become a victim of your own good intentions because you can’t remember it? Don’t worry! You can always reset it. But before we teach you how to do that, we want you to try two different things first:
Still no luck? Then it’s time to reset the router to its factory settings to wipe the lost password and replace it with a default one. Here’s how to reset your router:
You can find the Wi-Fi password of the network you are currently connected to on all computing platforms. We will take a look at the steps you need to follow to retrieve the Wi-Fi password using the popular OS of your choice.
Follow these steps to view Wi-Fi passwords on a Mac or MacBook running the macOS operating system. To accomplish this feat, you will use the Mac’s Keychain.
If you do not know the network name, search under “airport.n” to see all Wi-Fi networks that have been accessed by your Mac.
The Terminal app in macOS is a powerful and versatile tool that can be used for all kinds of things, including finding Wi-Fi passwords. If you’re not scared to use it (and you have no reason to be!), then you can follow these instructions on how to find Wi-Fi passwords on Mac:
Where can I find my Wi-Fi password, you ask? Right below the command you’ve just entered.
If you want to find the password for the Wi-Fi network to which you are currently attached on a Windows 10 machine, follow these steps:
There is no simple way to view the Wi-Fi password on an iOS device, which is why tutorials on how to find Wi-Fi passwords on iPhone and iPad tend to be confusing and not very helpful.
The only reliable method to find passwords your device has accessed is to use the iCloud Keychain Sync capabilities of the device and a macOS computer. Essentially, you will use your Mac’s Keychain app to view the data resident on the iOS device. To use this method, follow these steps:
Please be advised that you may need to give iCloud some time to fully sync the Keychain. You are not likely to be able to access the iPhone Wi-Fi passwords immediately, but eventually, the sync will complete and the passwords will be available in this manner.
Do you want to know how to find Wi-Fi passwords on Android? Then we have two sets of instructions for you to follow, one for rooted devices and one for stock devices.
If you have a rooted Android device, there are third-party apps available that allow you to view saved Wi-Fi passwords, such as:
You can simply install any of these three apps, launch it, and instantly see your passwords.
There is also a native method that involves using a file manager app that has root explorer capabilities. To view Wi-Fi passwords using this method, follow these steps:
On some of the operating systems we have looked at, the same procedure is used to learn the password of the Wi-Fi network you are currently connected to or any that you have accessed in the past. This is the case with the methods employed on Macs, Android devices, and iOS.
If you are using Windows 7 you can access networks that were accessed in the past by following these steps:
Window 8 and 10 users will need to open a command prompt and enter some commands to display passwords from previously accessed wireless networks. To do it, follow these steps:
Go to Start and type in CMD
Type in this command: netsh wlan show profile. This command displays the Wi-Fi profile of every network with which you have connected.
Type in this command, replacing Network Name with the name you wish to investigate: netsh wlan show profile “NETWORK NAME” key=clear.
The password is listed in key content under the security settings.
There you have it. The wide world of Wi-Fi passwords. There are methods for finding your Wi-Fi password on just about any computing platform. We have concentrated on the most popular ones and hope you find this information helpful.
If you haven’t changed your Wi-Fi password from the default one, then you might be able to find printed on a sticker somewhere on your router.
Not directly, but you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot using your iPhone and then use the Keychain app on your Mac to see your Wi-Fi password.
Yes, when you reset your router to its factory settings, you will wipe the current Wi-Fi password.
Yes, if your device is rooted, then you can use a Wi-Fi password viewer app to see your passwords. If it’s not rooted, then you can open a file called wpa_supplicant.conf in a text editor. It should contain your Wi-Fi password.
As a Windows user, you can open the Network and Sharing Center, see your Wi-Fi adapter settings, and navigate to the Security tab of the Wireless Properties window. There, click the Show characters checkbox to see your Wi-Fi password.
To see your Wi-Fi password on Mac without admin rights: