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How to Find WiFi Passwords

What’s the best way to keep your WiFi network secure? Encryption and a password. When my Internet service provider first came to set up my Internet, they took care of setting up my router and generating a password. It’s a long password. I’ll never remember it by heart. I’m willing to bet that you had a similar experience.

Naturally, I did what anyone else would do: I wrote down my password. I wrote it only a little piece of paper that I kept on my desk. But when family came to visit in the spring, they lost my little piece of paper.

At first, I panicked. How will I get back into my WiFi network if I have to? I contemplated calling my Internet service provider, but I didn’t want to wait an hour to get someone on the phone. So, I started researching “how to get WiFi password” on Google. I’m going to share how to find your WiFi password on the most common connected devices, so you don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

How to Find a WiFi Password

Whether you have a WiFi Booster or just a regular WiFi network, you can find your password in just a few simple steps. Even with my Trifiboost WiFi extender, I was able to find my WiFi password on my desktop PC.

I’m going to explain how to find your password on your Windows device, but I’ll also explain how to get your password on other devices.

How to Find WiFi Password on iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone, you may have a hard time getting your WiFi password to show. That’s because you can’t look up a network password on your iPhone unless your phone is jailbroken and running apps that allow this function.

Apple just doesn’t allow you to look up a WiFi password on your device, even if you have it saved on your Keychain. What you can do is share your password with a friend in just a few simple steps.

Before you can share your password, you have to make sure that:

  • Bluetooth is enabled on both devices (yours and your friend’s).
  • Your friend’s Apple ID must be in your contacts.
  • Both of your devices are running iOS 11 or later.

Now, once you’ve met all of these requirements, you can share your password. Here’s how:

  • Make sure that your iPhone is close to your friend’s iPhone. Both devices have to be near each other in order to share your password.
  • Have your friend try to connect to your WiFi network.
  • A “Share Your WiFi” pop-up should appear. Just tap Share Password.
  • Your phone will send your WiFi password to your friend’s phone and allow them to connect to your network.

It’s convenient to be able to share your WiFi password with friends, but if you need to find your password directly, you’ll need to use a different device, such as a Windows PC, Mac or Android device.

How to Find WiFi Password Windows 10

Whether you’re on a free WiFi network or your home network, you can find WiFi passwords with your Windows 10 PC. Here’s how:

  • Click the Start button.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Network & Internet.
  • Choose Status.
  • Click Network and Sharing Center.
  • Choose your WiFi network name, which should be listed next to Connections.
  • Select Wireless Properties under WiFi status.
  • Choose the Security tab, and then click the Show Characters checkbox.
  • Your WiFi password should be displayed.

How to Find WiFi Password on Android

Android used to be like Apple. It was impossible to find passwords of WiFi networks you have connected to. With the release of Android 10, you can now view WiFi passwords from your Android devices.

There are a few ways to share and view your password. First, let’s look at how to share your password by generating a QR code that other people can scan to connect to your network.

  • Open your Settings.
  • Navigate to Connections.
  • Tap WiFi.
  • Tap the Current Network you’re connected to.
  • A QR code will be displayed that’s specific to your WiFi network.

The password will also be displayed in plain text right underneath the QR code. This makes it easy to retrieve your WiFi password if you forget or lose it.

How to Find WiFi Password on Mac

Finding a WiFi password on Mac is relatively simple and straightforward. To find it, you will need to navigate to your Keychain.

Just open the spotlight search and type “Keychain.” This will launch a built-in app that stores passwords, including the passwords for WiFi connections.

Once you’re in the Keychain app:

  • Choose your network name on the list.
  • Click the “info” button near the bottom of the window.
  • Choose “show password.”
  • Enter your Mac login details.
  • Your password should be revealed.

Now, you can take this password and connect your devices to your WiFi network.

How to Avoid Losing Your WiFi Password

We’ve all been there. We’ve all lost our WiFi passwords and had trouble figuring out how to get it back. Sure, you can reset your router, but that’s a pain.

The steps above can help you retrieve your password on a wide range of devices, but it can also be helpful to get a password manager.

You can find apps for Android and even browser extensions that act as password managers. These managers will help you easily retrieve your WiFi passwords, but keep in mind that there is some vulnerability if you go this route. Hackers are always a concern, but a reliable, credible password manager is a convenient option.
Losing your WiFi password is a pain, but there are ways to retrieve it without having to call your Internet service provider or reset your router. I have used these methods successfully on different devices and haven’t had any issues viewing my password. Even if you have a WiFi extender connected to your network, you can still get your password using the steps listed above.

August 11, 2020


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