How to Find / Recover Forgotten WiFi Password in Windows 10
Sometimes we have to share our Internet to our visitors or relatives. Usually, we don’t remember the wifi password that we had entered when we connect to our wireless network. Normally once you connect to a WiFi network, Windows save it to connect automatically next time without entering password again to that network. We’ll show you the steps how you can find the WiFi password in windows 10 computer.
How to find WiFi password in Windows 10
You should have to follow the below steps to find and view a saved WiFi password.
- Open Control panel – Click on start button and then click on settings (Gear) icon.
- Click on Network & Internet.
- Click on Network and Sharing Center.
- On the Left side pane, click on the Change adapter settings.
- Double click on Wireless adapter or right click on it and click on Status.
- Click Wireless Properties Button.
- Open the Security Tab.
- On the security tab, tick the check-box “show characters.” You’ll see the current connected wifi’s password under the “Network security key.”
We have mentioned further 2 methods in detail to recover a forgotten wifi password in Windows 10. One is when you need to recover the password for currently connected Wireless network and another is when you require to get the password of forgotten network which you used previously but currently not connected to the network.
- Find saved password for the currently connected wireless network.
- Recover password for forgotten network which is not currently connected.
1. Finding the WiFi password of connected Wireless Network
- You can easily find WiFi password in Windows 10 while you’re currently connected up. First of all, look at the task bar and see the network icon. Right-click that and a small menu will come up. Click on the ‘Open Network & Internet settings‘.
- Click on the “Network and Sharing Center” in the bottom of right pane.
- It will bring up a second window where you need to choose “Change adapter settings.”
- The next step is to find your WiFi network and right-click on it. When you do that, another menu will appear. Choose the “Status” option.
- It brings up yet another window, though this time it will be a pop-up. Go to “Wireless Properties” and then navigate to the tab labeled Security.
- You’ll see a box marked “Network security key,” which is just Windows 10’s way of referring to the network password. Don’t worry about the wording, as in this case, they mean exactly the same thing. Put a mark in the checkbox and the WiFi password will show up!
2. Recover password for network which is not connected (Out of range)
If you’re looking to find a wifi password of network you have connected previously, then you’ll have to do things a little differently. It’s not difficult, but you need to use the command prompt instead of just browsing through menus. The command prompt is fast and effective, and once you get to know how it works, it’s not scary at all.
- First, go to Command Prompt and open it. Make sure you’re running it with administrator settings because otherwise, this method doesn’t work. Read: How to open command prompt as Administrator.
- Then type in command netsh wlan show profile and press Return or Enter. You’ll see a big list of WiFi profiles (wireless network names) because what you just typed displays all the WiFi networks you’ve ever used.
- Note down the network name for which you want to recover the password.
- Type netsh wlan show profile = NETWORK key=clear replace the NETWORK to the network name you’ve just noted down. Now look for the Key Content under security settings. Value of the key content is the password of your previously used WiFi network.
Video Tutorial: How to find the saved Wifi password
When you’re using Microsoft Windows 10, you’re likely going to be spending a lot of time online. There are so many Internet-based applications and features nowadays that it’s almost impossible to avoid. Most people now use Wifi a lot, since it’s very simple to use, doesn’t require cables that can get in the way, and usually gives you a good connection speed.
However, one thing you need to use Wifi with Windows 10 is the right password. You’ll need it to connect to a network in the first place, and you’ll also need it if your connection drops and you want to get back online. This goes whether you’re using your home wireless network or one in an Internet cafe or even your friend’s place.
Also Read: How to create wifi hotspot in Windows 10