It can be hard to remember all the passwords for the Wi-Fi networks you have connected to in the past. Sometimes people need help from a person’s computer or other ways, but if you have forgotten your Wi-Fi password, Windows will show you all of your saved passwords for Wi-Fi networks.
However, there is another way to find your WiFi password on a Windows 10 PC without downloading additional software. We’ll go over both methods below.
It gets more difficult to recall or even save passwords for all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to and stored with time.
Rather than attempting to discover credentials from system administrators, experts, or any other means, Windows gives various choices for viewing your saved Wi-Fi passwords if you forget your Wi-Fi password.
In this post, we’ll explore:
- 1 How to Find Your WiFi Password on a Windows 10 PC
- 2 Method 2: See your network’s Wifi password.
- 3 Method 5: – Find Saved WiFi Passwords on Windows 10/11 Through Network Settings
How to Find Your WiFi Password on a Windows 10 PC
To find your WiFi password on a Windows 10 PC, open the search bar and type WiFi Settings. Then go to Network and Sharing Center and select your WiFi network name > Wireless Properties > Security > Show characters.
Method 1: PC Using Netsh Commands for Wireless (Recommended)
The first option is to download the Netsh Commands for Wireless from Microsoft’s website and install it on your Windows 10 PC.
This method is recommended because you can also use other Netsh commands with this software. Once installed, follow these steps:
- Press the ⊞ Windows Key, then press X and C at the same time.
- To see all of your wireless network profiles on your computer, type the following string into a terminal window:
netsh wlan show profiles
- Go to the Profile Settings screen and, in the left-hand pane, select the profile you wish to check. In the right-hand column of its main window, double-click on a user’s name or account number. Then run this command to show the Wifi password content of each profile:
netsh wlan show profile name=WifiConnectionName key=clear
- Replace WifiConnectionName with the SSID for your Wi-Fi network, which is obtained by executing the above command
netsh wlan show profile show password key
- If you just want to view the password without any additional information, you may use the following command instead:
netsh wlan show profile name=Sanixmi key=clear | find /I "Key Content"
- If you plug the same command on your computer, you may check all of the WiFi passwords that have been stored. Simply replace the profile name with a different one.
- Click Copy from the menu that appears and paste it into a document (Notepad, Word, etc.) to read the password associated with that particular wireless network.
You can now use this WiFi password at home or work to log in to your wireless network. If you had trouble finding the Netsh Commands for Wireless software on Microsoft’s website, follow the steps below.
Method 2: See your network’s Wifi password.
If you’re looking for a network’s Wifi password, follow these steps:
- To open the Command Prompt window in administrator mode, type regedit at a command prompt.
- Run the following command:
netsh wlan show profiles
- Copy the profile you wish to use for your router to a text file on your computer. To list all of the saved WiFi profiles on the PC, type this command:
- Run the following command:
netsh wlan show profile name=”network-profile-name” key=clear
- Replace network-profile-name with the name you copied in step 2.
- This will show you the Wifi password.
Method 3: How to find WiFi Password on Windows 10 via Control Panel
- Type “View Network Connections” in your Cortana search box and then right-click on it when you see it among the search results.
- From the context menu, click on “Open Network and Sharing Center”.
- Now select the wireless connection from the list and then click on Properties.
- When you open up your network properties, go to the Security tab and choose “Show Characters” option under Data encryption.
- This will reveal your WiFi password in plain text.
Sometimes this method is not possible to use so you will need to try the fourth option which is described below.
Method 4: How to find WiFi Password on Windows 10 via third-party software
- Download WiFi Password Revealer and unpack it with your favorite archive manager. You can also just run it directly from the download folder if you do not have an installer for it.
- Select the type of wireless connection from the drop-down menu, enter the SSID and click on “Start” to begin.
WiFi Password Revealer works on all types of Windows PCs including the latest models released by Microsoft running Windows 10 Creators Update.
- You just have to download Wifi password revealer, install and run it. There is no configuration required.
- The tool displays your WiFi password almost instantly after you select the type of Wi-Fi connection and its name from the list.
- You can select any Wifi connection and press Ctrl + Alt + C to copy the password in the clipboard.
- In order to create a backup of your WiFi password, always go to the Tools menu and select “Save as Text” option.
- In case you need to restore your connection, simply run WiFi Password Revealer again and then choose the “Restore from File” option.
The program allows you to import previously encrypted files so there is no need to manually type in your WiFi password again.
Method 5: – Find Saved WiFi Passwords on Windows 10/11 Through Network Settings
When you connect to a Wi-Fi home network on your Windows 11 or 10 computer, you only have to enter your password once. Windows will remember and store your passwords so you can connect to the same network again with ease.
If you want to know your WiFi security key, check out the solutions below.
- Click the button that says “Start” to do the thing.
- To find Settings, go to the Control Panel.
- Do you need to go on a computer? Click on the Network and Internet.
- You can click on the Status button to show that you have read this email.
- Select the ‘Network and Sharing Center’.
- Go to Connections.
- Select a WiFi network.
- Go to Settings > WiFi.
- Right-click Wireless Properties.
- Click the Manage Audiences button. Select the one you want to use and click OK.
- Click the Show characters box to view the password.
If you want to know the password for the WiFi network you used to connect to before, you can do so.
Replace the name of your WiFi inside the quotes with “WiFi name” from
Step 2. -> You may recover information regarding any of your previous connections by using this method.
Follow the same instructions as in Step 1 and replace “WiFi name” with the name of your wireless connection.
- Go to Connections and select Change Connection Settings.
- Click Networking and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings.
- Select the WiFi network you want to change the password for and click Properties.
- Under This Connection uses the following items, click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
- Click the Properties button.
- Enter data as you wish and click OK.
- If you only want to change the password, enter it in key form and safely remove afterwards.
- You can also use this method to set a new password if you used to connect with WEP/WPA2 and now your router is asking for WPA.
- You can use the Windows key + R shortcut to open a Run command box.
- Enter “credwiz” and click OK.
- Select your currently used WiFi network in the drop-down menu next to SSID.
- Click Use this connection only for resources on its network option if you are using an office or homegroup connection.
What are your reasons for finding your WiFi passwords? Were you successful in retrieving them? You can let us know in the comment section below.
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