How to Know the Wi-Fi Password on a Computer
Despite the fact that almost nothing has changed in comparison with previous versions of the OS, some users ask how to find out their Wi-Fi password on a Windows 10 computer or laptop, I will answer this question below. Why might this be needed? For example, if you need to connect a new device to the network: it happens that you just cannot remember the password.
This short instruction describes three ways to view the Wi-Fi password from the current network or from any saved wireless network: the first is to easily view it in the OS interface, the second using the command line and the third in the Wi-Fi router’s web interface. Also in the article you will find a where everything described is shown clearly. If desired, you can see the Wi-Fi password on the Android phone. Additional ways to see the passwords of wireless networks stored on a computer or laptop for all saved networks, and not just active in different versions of Windows, can be found here: How to find out your Wi-Fi password.
- How to see the Wi-Fi password in Windows 10 network settings
- How to find Wi-Fi passwords of saved networks in CMD
- View password in router settings
View your Wi-Fi password in wireless settings
So, the first way, which is likely to be enough for most users, is to simply view the Wi-Fi network properties in Windows 10, where, among other things, you can see the password. First of all, to use this method, the computer must be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi (to see the password for an inactive connection will not work, use the second method for them), the second condition is that you must have administrator rights in Windows 10 (for most users this is the case).
- The first step is to right-click on the connection icon in the notification area (bottom right), select “Open Network and Internet Settings”, and in the window that opens, at the bottom. “Network and Sharing Center.” When the specified window opens, select “Change adapter settings” on the left. : How to open the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 10 (opens in a new tab). You can also press WinR keys on the keyboard, enter ncpa.Cpl and press Enter to open the desired window.
- The second step is to right-click on your wireless connection, select the “Status” context menu item, and in the window that opens with information about the Wi-Fi network, click “Wireless Network Properties”. Note: instead of the two described actions, you can simply click on “Wireless Network” in the “Connections” item in the window of the network control center.
- And the last step to find out your Wi-Fi password is to open the “Security” tab in the properties of the wireless network and check the box “Display entered characters”.
The described method is very simple, but allows you to see the password only for the wireless network to which you are connected, but not for those to which you previously connected. However, there is a method for them.
How to find the saved Wi-Fi password on the command line
The option described above allows you to see the Wi-Fi network password only for the currently active connection time. However, there is a way to see passwords for all other wireless connections saved in Windows 10 using CMD.
- Run the command line on behalf of the Administrator (how to do this) and enter the commands in order.
- Here, remember the name of the Wi-Fi network for which you need to know the password.
- If the network name consists of several words, quote it.
As a result of the command from point 3, information about the selected saved Wi-Fi connection will be displayed, the Wi-Fi password will be displayed in the “Key Contents” item. This method is also demonstrated in the instruction below.
View password in router settings
The second way to find out the Wi-Fi password, which can be used not only from a computer or laptop, but also, for example, from a tablet, is to go into the settings of the router and see it in the wireless security settings. Over, if you do not know the password at all and have not saved it on any device, you can connect to the router using a wired connection.
The only condition is that you must know the data to enter the router settings web interface. Username and password are usually written on a sticker on the device itself (although the password usually changes during the initial setup of the router), there is also an address for entry. Details about this can be found in the How to enter the router settings guide.
After logging in, all you need (and it does not depend on the brand and model of the router) is to find the wireless network setup item, and in it are the Wi-Fi security settings. It is there that you can see the password used, and then use it to connect your devices.
How to see the Wi-Fi password on a Windows 10 computer.
And finally, a in which you can see the use of the described methods for viewing the saved Wi-Fi network key.
If something doesn’t work or doesn’t work as I described, ask the questions below, I will answer.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to find out the password from my Wi-Fi. Let’s consider several ways: through the Windows settings, using the command line, through the router menu.
The easiest way to find out the password from Wi-Fi
1. Right-click on the icon on the taskbar and select “Open network and Internet settings.”
It is located in the lower right corner of the screen, between the alphabet and the clock. Sometimes hiding under a small arrow.
2. Go to the “Configuring adapter settings” section.
3. A new window will open. Right-click on the desired connection and select the “Status” item.
4. In the window that appears, click on the button “Wireless Network Properties”.
5. Go to the “Security” tab, click on the item “Display entered characters” and get the password.
1. Left-click on such a tray icon.
It is located in the lower right corner of the screen, between the alphabet and the clock. Sometimes this icon is hidden under a small arrow.
2. In the window that appears, right-click on the network from which you want to learn the password, and select “Properties”.
3. Put a check in “Display entered characters” and the computer displays the wifi password in the “Network security key” field.
Another easy way
1. Open Start and right in the menu that appears, print the Control Panel. We launch the application.
2. Go to the “Network and Sharing Center.”
3. Click on the connection.
4. Click on the “Wireless Network Properties” button.
5. Open the “Security” tab, click on “Display entered characters” and get the password.
1. Right-click on the tray icon and select the “Network and Sharing Center” item.
2. A window will open, in the left part of which we select “Manage wireless networks.”
3. Click on the desired network with the right mouse button and select “Properties”.
4. Go to the “Security” tab and put a bird next to “Display entered characters.”
If the item “Wireless Network Management” is not available, then click on “Change adapter settings”, right-click on the desired connection and select “Status”. In the window, click on the “Wireless Network Properties” button, go to the “Security” tab and check the box next to “Display entered characters.”
Using command line
1. Press the key combination Win and R on the keyboard.
2. In the line, type cmd and click OK.
3. In the window that appears, print or copy / paste the code netsh wlan show profiles and press Enter on the keyboard.
All wireless networks saved on the computer appear.
4. Enter the code netsh wlan show profiles name = network_name key = clear and press Enter.
For example, if you need to know the password for connecting “iPhone”, enter the following command: netsh wlan show profiles name = iPhone key = clear
5. You can view the password from Wi-Fi in the item “Security Settings” in the line “Key Content”.
We look at the password from our Wi-Fi in the settings of the router
This method is good because only thanks to it you can find out a password that the computer does not know at all. For example, Windows was reinstalled, and you don’t remember the password from your Wi-Fi and now you can’t connect. So in this case, the router will help.
A router is that thing that “distributes” the Internet. It looks something like this:
In its settings, among other things, a password is stored. To find it, you need to connect the router to the computer through a network cable (usually it comes with the kit).
If the computer remembers the password and connects to the network, then you can not do this.
1. Open the browser (program for the Internet), in the address bar, type 192.168.1.1 and press the Enter button on the keyboard.
Most often after this, a login / password request appears. If this does not happen, try other addresses: 192.168.0.0, 192.168.0.1, or 192.168.1.0. But if they do not fit, then take a router, turn it over and find its IP address on the sticker.
For example, I did not have an address on the sticker. Then I copied the router model from it (in my case, Huawei HG8245A) and drove the request “huawei hg8245a ip address” into the search engine. It turned out that the default address is different, as, in fact, is the login with the password.
2. In the window that appears, enter the username admin and password admin.
Usually, these data are suitable (if no one specifically changed them). But there may be other options, for example, root or user. They are usually written on the router itself. On a sticker on the other hand.
3. Open the Wireless tab or Wireless LAN and look for the password there. Often it is located in Wireless Security (Security Settings or Wireless Security).
Typically, the password is written in a column with the word Key, Password, or Password. Often, to see it, you need to uncheck.
By the way, it happens, it is written right away when you open the router settings.
If it didn’t help
Then you can reset all the settings of the router to factory settings. But in this case, you will have to configure it yourself: specify Internet connection parameters, network name and password.
To reset the settings, the router has a small deeply hidden Reset button (usually located at the back).
Clamp it with some sharp object for ten seconds. After that, all settings will be reset, and the router will be as good as new. You just have to configure it.