When you have multiple Wi-Fi connections, it is natural to forget the Wi-Fi password. If that ever happens to you, follow these steps to view saved WiFi passwords in Windows 10.
When the Wi-Fi you are trying to connect is password-protected, Windows will prompt you to enter the password to connect to the network. Once connected, Windows saves the Wi-Fi SSID and password.
This eliminates the needed manually enter the Wi-Fi password each and every time you want to connect to the network. When in need, you can dig through, find, and view saved WiFi passwords regardless of whether you are connected to the network or not.
It is pretty easy to do. Let me show you how.
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There are two ways to see the saved Wi-Fi password. The first method is useful when you are connected to the target Wi-Fi network. If you are not connected the Wi-Fi network right now but connected to it previously, then follow the second method.
View Wi-Fi Password of Connected Network
Note: This method will only work if you are connected to the network right now. Otherwise, follow the second method.
1. First, press Win + I to open the PC Settings app. In the Settings app, go to "Network & Internet → Status" page. On the right panel, scroll down and click on the "Network and Sharing Center" link.
2. The above action opens the Control Panel. On the right panel, you will see the network you are connected to. Click on the Wi-Fi network connection name appearing under "View your active networks".
3. In the Wi-Fi Status window, click on the "Wireless Properties" button.
4. Now, go to the Security tab and select the "Show characters" checkbox to see the saved Wi-Fi password.
Once you know the password, simply close the window and you are done.
View Password of Previously Connected Wi-Fi network
When you are not actively connected to the Wi-Fi network, you need to use another trick to view the password. Thankfully, it's not that hard. All you have to do is execute a couple of commands and you are done.
1. First, open the start menu, search for "Command Prompt" and select the "Run as administrator" option. You can also right-click on Command Prompt and select the same option.
2. Before you can see the saved password, you first need to know the Wi-Fi's SSID (Service Set Identifier). So, execute the below command.
netsh wlan show profiles
As soon as you execute the above command, the window will list all the previously connected Wi-Fi networks. Find the network for which you want to view the password and note down the profile name. We are going to need that in a second.
3. Once you know the SSID or profile name, execute the below command while replacing ProfileName with the actual profile name you saw earlier.
netsh wlan show profile name="ProfileName" key=clear
The above command will list a whole bunch of details regarding the Wi-Fi connection. You can find the saved Wi-Fi password under "Security Settings" right next to "Key Content".
5. Once you know the password, close the Command Prompt window and you are good to go.
That is all. It is that simple to find or view saved Wi-Fi password in Windows. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
If you like this tip, do check out how to hide a Wi-Fi network and how to change a connection from public to private in Windows.
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