Believe it or not, finding your Wi-Fi password is incredibly easy. All you need to know is where to look. Unfortunately, for some of us, it can be a real hassle. But don’t worry. We’ll show you a couple of ways to find your Wi-Fi password quickly.
So, whether you changed your Wi-Fi password, you’re looking for the default one, or haven’t connected a device to your Wi-Fi, simply follow the steps below to find it!
How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password on the Router
Well, this has to be the easiest method for most people. But it isn’t always the most practical option because not all Wi-Fi routers list the information. Of course, if you’ve changed your Wi-Fi password or you don’t know where your router is, you’ll need to try the other methods below.
If you need to recover your password quickly, all you need to do is look at the back of your router. There’s a small sticker with a bunch of random numbers and letters. The one next to the Password is your Wi-Fi password.
How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password on a Mac
Have a Mac or MacBook? You don’t have to go to the router to find your Wi-Fi password. Follow these steps to locate the password and connect to your Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Open the Finder
Locate the Finder on your dock (it’s the button that looks like two faces).
Note: You can also click the Command and Spacebar keys on your keyboard to access your Mac’s Spotlight. Then, skip steps 2, 3, and 4 by typing Keychain Access and selecting the first option.
Step 2: Click Applications
Now you’ll likely see your Recents folder. So, click Applications on the left side of the window.
Step 3: Click Utilities
Scroll down to the bottom and click on Utilities.
Step 4: Click Keychain Access
Scroll down again and double-click on the Keychain Access file.
Step 5: Double-Click Your Wi-Fi Network
Double-click the Wi-Fi name of the network you need a password for, and a small window will open.
Step 6: Click Show Password
Now, click the Show Password box in the lower left corner of the pop-up window. Input your computer’s password, and your Wi-Fi password will appear.
Here is a step-by-step video for further reference to find your Wi-Fi password on a Mac:
How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password on Windows
Perhaps you have your Windows PC handy but can get to your router. If so, you can see your Wi-Fi password in the settings. Follow these steps:
Note: This will only show you the current Wi-Fi network’s password. Unfortunately, there isn’t a native way to see all your Wi-Fi passwords on your PC. Some third-party apps may help (which we typically don’t recommend if you have another option).
Step 1: Click Settings
First, click the Windows Icon in the bottom right. Then, click Settings in the pop-out window.
Note: You can bypass steps 1 and 2 in this tutorial by typing Network in the search bar at the bottom of your PC.
Step 2: Click Network & Internet
Now, select the Network & Internet button.
Step 3: Click Network and Sharing Center
Scroll down this page and click on Network and Sharing Center.
Step 4: Click Your Wi-Fi
You’ll see your Wi-Fi network in the upper right corner. It will have a blue hyperlink. Click it.
Step 5: Click Wireless Properties
Click Wireless Properties when the new window opens.
Step 6: Click Security
Select the Security tab at the top of this window.
Finally, click the Show Characters box to reveal your Wi-Fi password.
Here is a step-by-step video for further reference and visualization:
How to Find Your Wi-Fi Password on a Mobile Device
You can also find your Wi-Fi password on Android mobile device or an iOS one. If you want to find and share Wi-Fi password on your iPhone follow these steps:
Step 1: Tap Wi-Fi in the Device Settings
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on Wi-Fi at the top of the list.
Step 2: Tap Your Wi-Fi Network
Tap the name of your network.
Step 3: Tap the Password
Finally, tap the password. Face ID will activate (or your fingerprint scanner), and your password will appear.
Other Ways to Find Your Wi-Fi Password
Still haven’t found your Wi-Fi password? If you’re still scratching your head, it’s time to get creative. While these methods require some skill and don’t always work, you may find some benefit in them. So, we’re including them.
Use a Web Browser
If you’ve ever changed your Wi-Fi password before, you likely know where this is going. But if not, stick around and learn something new.
You can type your IP address into a web browser’s address bar and access some pretty neat settings. Your IP address consists of a series of numbers and periods. You can usually find it on the back of your router (or sometimes by typing What’s my IP address into Google). Most routers use admin for the username and password.
Once you get past the login area, you can find (and change) your Wi-Fi password.
Note: Some routers (like Asus) don’t list the IP address or password on the back of the router. Visit the website listed next to IP Address. Then, search for your router’s default password.
Find Your Router’s Default Password
Sometimes, you just won’t be able to find your router’s password. This typically happens after creating a new and really cool password. Your only option is to reset your router to factory defaults and set everything up again.
Do a quick Google search of What’s the [Netgear’s] default Wi-Fi password? and you’ll find it pretty quickly. Then, you can follow the method just above this one to get back into your router and find or create a new Wi-Fi password.
Wi-Fi Password? Found!
While your Wi-Fi password helps keep out interlopers and spies, it’s also incredibly painful if you forget it. Unlike most other passwords, you typically don’t get to choose it, and it makes no sense! Fortunately, it is pretty easy to find the password and change it into something memorable.
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