What is the password for your Wi-Fi network? Whether you change the default password or not, it’s easy to find your Wi-Fi password. You can also search for Wi-Fi network passwords if you were previously connected to the network from a Windows PC or Mac.
This is important for connecting new devices to the network. Whether you misplaced your home network password or visited someone and don’t want to ask for your password a second time, here’s how you can find it.
First: Check Your Router Default Password
- Check your router’s default password, usually printed on a sticker on the router.
- On Windows, go to the Network and Sharing Center, click on your Wi-Fi network, and go to Wireless Properties> Security to see your Network Security Key.
- On a Mac, open Access Keychain and search for the name of your Wi-Fi network.
If your router still uses the default username and password, it should be easy to find. Modern Wi-Fi routers – and combined router / modem units offered by many Internet service providers – come with default Wi-Fi network names and passwords. Each router has its own default password, which is often random.
To find the default password, search for your Wi-Fi router and check. You should see a sticker somewhere that contains “SSID” – wireless network name – and password. If you have not changed the default password, you can use that password to connect to the router.
If you don’t see the default password printed on the router itself, try looking at the documentation that came with the router for more information.
What if you don’t have a manual or no password on the router sticker? As we mentioned in our guide to resetting your router password, you might be able to find a password by using a combination of common usernames and passwords (for example, “admin” for username and “admin” for password) or consult with RouterPasswords.com, the popular router default login database.
After connecting to the router using the default password, make sure you change it and save the password in the password manager so that your router is safe.
How to Find the Current Wi-Fi Network Password on Windows
If you are connected to a Wi-Fi network from a Windows laptop or desktop PC, Windows will remember the Wi-Fi network password. You can search for Wi-Fi passwords on any Windows computer currently connected to – or previously connected to – a Wi-Fi network.
To find the password for the Wi-Fi network currently connected to you on Windows, we will go to the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel. The fastest way to do this: Right-click on the Wireless Network icon in the taskbar and click “Open Network and Sharing Center.”
Note: The latest Windows 10 update has changed this. Click the “Open Network & Internet Settings” option that appears in the context menu. When the Settings window appears, scroll down and click “Network and Sharing Center.” You can also go directly to Control Panel> Network and Internet> Network and Sharing Center.
Click the name of the current Wi-Fi connection.
Click the “Wireless Properties” button in the Wi-Fi Status window that appears.
Click the “Security” tab and activate the “Show characters” check box to see hidden passwords.
How to Find a Password for the Wi-Fi Network that You Connected with Before
Windows also saves Wi-Fi passwords from networks that you previously connected. In Windows 7 and earlier, you can find it from the Network and Sharing Center, but in Windows 8 and Windows 10, you only need to use the command prompt.
Find Passwords for Other Wi-Fi Networks in Windows 7 and Previous
To get started, click the “Manage wireless networks” link on the left menu of the Network and Sharing Center.
You will see a list of the networks previously connected to you. Double-click the network name to open network properties.
In the network properties window, open the Security tab and check the box next to “Show characters” to see the Wi-Fi password in the “Network security lock” field.
Find Passwords for Other Wi-Fi Networks in Windows 8 and 10
In Windows 10 and 8.1, you’ll have to use the command prompt to find a previous network’s password. Right-click the Start button and select “Command Prompt” to quickly open it.
Then type in the following command:
netsh wlan show profiles
You will get a list of Wi-Fi networks that you have accessed previously.
To find the password for one of the profiles, type the following, replace the profile name with the profile name:
netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear
Look for the “Main Content” line to find the Wi-Fi password for the Wi-Fi network.
How to Find Passwords for Current or Previous Wi-Fi Networks on a Mac
If you have a Mac that is currently connected to a Wi-Fi network or that was previously connected, you can also search for a password on that Mac.
To find the Wi-Fi password on your Mac, press Command + Space to open the Spotlight search dialog, type “Access Keychain” without the quotes, and press Enter to launch the Access Keychain application.
Find the name of your Wi-Fi network in the list, click, and then click the “info” button – it looks like “i” – at the bottom of the window.
Click the “Show Password” checkbox in the window that appears. You must enter a user name and password to get access to the password. You need an administrator account for this. Assuming your Mac account is an administrator account, just type your account username and password.
After you do this, your Mac will display the Wi-Fi network password.
How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords on Rooted Android Devices
It’s not easy to reveal passwords for Wi-Fi networks on Android or iOS, but it is possible. Your Android device needs to be rooted.
First, download an alternative root-activated file explorer, such as ES File Explorer. Open the application and tap the menu button in the upper left corner. Scroll down and slide the “Root Explorer” switch to “On”.
Give superuser access when prompted.
Then, in the left hand menu, open Local> Device.
From there, search for data / misc / wifi and open the file wpa_supplicant.conf in the text / HTML viewer file explorer.
Scroll down or search for SSID to find the password for it, next to the term “psk”.
How to Find a Wi-Fi Network Password on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad
The only way to reveal the Wi-Fi network password on iOS is to jailbreak your device first.
Open the Cydia store and look for the WiFi Password tweak. Tap the Install button to install it. It is compatible with iOS 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Once installed, open the application and everything will be given a list of each Wi-Fi network that you are connected to, along with their password. You can search for the network you are looking for or scroll down to it.
How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords from the Web Router Interface
If you have access to the router’s web interface, you can also try searching for it there. This assumes that the router uses a default username and password so that you can log in, or know the current username and password for the router.
Open your router’s web interface and log in with the username and password currently needed by your router. Look through the router interface for the “Wi-Fi” section or similar label. You will see the Wi-Fi password currently displayed on this screen, and you can also choose to change it to whatever you want from here.
If All Else Fails: Reset Your Router to the Default Wi-Fi Password
Can you find your Wi-Fi network password and don’t have access to your router’s web interface – or just don’t want to be bothered? Dont worry. You can reset the router and force it to use the default Wi-Fi passphrase that is printed on the router again.
Look for the small “reset” button on the router. This is often the pinhole button that I have to press with a bent paperclip or a similar small object. Press the button down for ten seconds or more and your router settings will be completely erased and reset to defaults. The Wi-Fi network name and password will be restored to the default name on the router.
Not sure what your Wi-Fi network’s name – or SSID – is? Just look at the Wi-Fi settings on any device connected to the Wi-Fi network and you will see the network name. If no devices are connected yet, you should see this information printed on the router itself or in the router’s documentation.