How to Find Wi-Fi Passwords on Mac and Windows

Last Updated: November 30, 2018
Find Saved WIFI Passwords Mac Windows

You may not remember the passwords of Wi-Fi routers or repeaters after you connect. Whether it is your home or office connection, you might get into the need of entering the password of the same network connection for any other device. It might not be possible to as or check for the Wi-Fi passwords with the router every time. But it is easy if you have already connected a Mac device (MacBook or iMac) or a Windows system to your WiFi network.

Here is how to find out the saved Wi-Fi passwords on Mac and Windows.

How to Find Wi-Fi Passwords on Mac?

Unlike other Operating Systems, you do not need any extra software or tools to store your passwords and login information, from Wi-Fi to any other website. Apple provides an inbuilt tool with every Mac OS versions to save every single password including the network ones.

Open Applications and Utilities on Mac

  1. Open Finder from the MacOS desktop.
  2. Click on Applications.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom.
  4. Open the “Utilities” folder.
    Open Keychain Access Application on Mac
  5. Choose Keychain Access and double-click to open.
  6. Click Local Items from the left pane.
    Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Mac using KeyChain Access
  7. From the visible on the window, everything that comes against the “Kind” Airport network password is a Wi-Fi connection. Double click on any of the Wi-Fi networks to open details.
  8. From the pop-up window, check the box “Show Password.”
    Show Password in Keychain Access
  9. Enter your MacOS password.
  10. The Wi-Fi Network Password will be visible in the previous window. You can either copy them or edit and save.

There is no third-party app or programs required on MacOS in order to find saved Wi-Fi passwords.

Related: How to See Saved WiFi Password on Android Device?

How to Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows 10?

Unlike the MacOS, the Windows 10 Operating System only allows you to find the password of the Wi-Fi Network which you currently connect with. Here is how to find the password of the connected Wi-Fi network on Windows 10 PC.

Open Settings in Windows 10

  1. Open Settings from Start window. You can also use the key combination Windows Key + I to open the Settings window.
  2. Click Network & Internet.
    Go to Network and Sharing Center in Windows
  3. From the Status tab, choose Network and Sharing Center which is located at the bottom of the window, on the right pane.
    Choose the connected network from control panel
  4. You must be connected to the Wi-Fi network to find the password. From the popup window (Control Panel), click on the WI-Fi network you are currently in, provided in blue hyperlink style.
  5. Click Wireless Properties on the popup window.
    Find Saved Wi-Fi Password of Connected Network
  6. On the next popup window, switch to the Security tab where the security details regarding the network are shown.
  7. Check the box “Show Characters” and the hidden box will reveal the Wi-Fi password.

You must be the primary administrator of the Windows System in order to find the saved wifi password of the connected network.

The inbuilt method for Windows 10 OS does not even help in finding the older Wi-Fi passwords of the Wi-Fi networks which you connected lately. For finding every saved Wi-Fi passwords, some crooked methods are there to help. Here are some of them.

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Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows Using CMD

The command prompt is the ultimate solutions for all issues and tasks on Windows (as well as in almost every Operating Systems, literally. Thus, the saved Wi-Fi passwords can also be found using the Command Prompt commands. Luckily, the CMD method works not only on Windows 10 devices but on almost every older version of Microsoft Windows.

How to find saved Wi-Fi Password on Windows using CMD

  1. Open the CMD or Command Prompt window on your Windows system. Following are some methods to open CMD on Windows.
    1. Windows + R > Enter “cmd” > Hit Enter.
    2. Windows + X Command Prompt (Admin) / Windows Powershell (Admin).
    3. Open Start > Search CMD and hit enter.
  2. Enter the following command in the Command Prompt Window.
    netsh wlan show profile name=WifiConnectionName key=clear
  3. Replace the WifiConnectionNamepart of the above command with your network name.
  4. To find the list of known networks, follow the methods in various Windows versions.
    1. Windows 10: Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Known Networks.
    2. Windows 7/XP/8/8.1: Go to Control Panel > Network & Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Manage Wireless Networks.
  5. Scroll down in the CMD window to find more details about the network.
  6. Find the password of the Wi-Fi connected against Key Content under Security Settings.
  7. Select and copy the password from the Command Prompt window. If you are on Windows, simply Ctrl+C works, or else right click and copy.

Related: How to Find out Unauthorized Users on WiFi Network?

Find Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on Windows Using Wi-Fi Password Revealer

Not every Windows users might not be as familiar with the Command Prompt as Linux users with the Bash. Don’t worry if you are one of them and don’t want to complicate things with the command lines. For such users, there is a simple tool available named Wi-Fi Password Revealer. The working and the interface of this freeware software is also as simple as its name. The tool is developed by a team called Magical JellyBean, the brains behind the KeyFinder for Windows. The Keyfinder tool helps to retrieve the Product Key information of Windows Operating System directly from the registry and activate itself.

WiFi Password Revealer on Windows

You can download the Wi-Fi Password Revealer from the official Magical Jelly Bean website. This lightweight tool sizes only 2.5 Megabytes and does not steal your data at any purpose. So, you can install the software without having any doubt. After finishing installation using the setup file, simply open the software to reveal the entire list of connected Wi-Fi Networks and their passwords. There is no waiting time or retrieval process that waste your time.

Whenever there is a new connection added to the PC, it too will be listed. Otherwise, you can refresh the list from Actions > Refresh. In some very older PCs (like Windows XP and Server 2003), the Wi-Fi password will be shown in HEX format which can also be used as the Wi-Fi Key on any device for the same networks.

We hope this article helps in solving your confusions regarding the Wi-Fi password retrieval from Windows or Mac systems If you have any queries regarding the same, share them through the comment box below.

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