Are you one of the millions of home internet users out there who still use the same WiFi password written at the back of your router your ISP gave you? If yes, then you’re probably writing long combination of letters, numbers, and even symbols that you can barely remember.
Most people try to write it down somewhere. Some check their router each time they need it. Fortunately though, you can skip that hassle process; if your computer is already connected to the WiFi network, then you can easily see the password there.
View WiFi Password in Windows
To see the Windows password on your Windows computer, you have to make sure you’re connected to the WiFi network, or previously been connected network. If your answer is yes, then right-click the icon on the system tray and choose Open Network Sharing Center.
In the left-hand menu, click Change Adapter Settings.
Look for the WiFi icon and then right-click Status.
This will show you to WiFi Status dialog where you can see basic information about the wireless connection of your computer.
Click Wireless Properties, then click Security tab.
In here you will see the Network security key field. Go and check the box Show characters to see the WiFi security password. Remember though that this is ONLY for the WiFi password of the currently connected WiFi network. So what if you want to see the WiFi password for the WiFi networks that your device previously connected to?
Well, this is pretty easy for Windows 7. For Windows 8, and 10 however, you would have to go through Command Prompt, which is kind of annoying.
For Windows 7, click and open Network and Sharing Center, then click Manage Wireless Network.
This will lead you to a page of lists of wireless networks your computer has ever connected to. Click the one that you’re interested twice.
Then, click on the Security tab and check the box of Show Characters to view the password.
For Windows 8 and 10 on the other hand, you have to open Command Prompts. Go to Start and type in CMD. When the Command Prompt window opens, type in:
netsh wlan show profiles
This will show you the wireless profiles listed under User Profiles. The name of WiFi network is shown on the right. To view the password of that specific profile, simply type in the following:
netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear
Then, replace the profilename with the WiFi network’s actual name that is listed on your previous command.
For the second command, you will see a bunch of output. Look for the line that starts with the phrase Key Content. On its right is the WiFi password.
It’s a big annoying that Microsoft removed the convenience of easily seeing all your previous connected WiFi networks for Windows 8 and 10. Fortunately though, this route is still available.
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