Once we get used to our regular Wi-Fi networks — the library, school, cafes, work — we take it for granted that we’ll automatically connect whenever we enter the vicinity. But what if you’ve got a new phone, tablet or computer to connect to a Wi-FI network and you don’t have the password written down?
If your laptop or computer has connected to that Wi-Fi network before, don’t worry. The first time you connect to a network on a Mac or Windows computer, the network name and password are stored in memory. It’s fairly easy to dive into your computer settings to extract and record the password for other devices.
Read on to learn how to find the passwords to all of the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to on MacOS and Windows. For more details, here’s what to know about the latest MacBook Pro and the MacOS Monterey update.
How to find Wi-Fi passwords with MacOS
Every password you’ve entered and saved on a Mac is stored in Keychain Access, the password management system for MacOS. And that includes Wi-Fi network passwords.
To start, use the search feature to open the Keychain Access app and do the following:
1. Click on System under System Keychains in the sidebar.
2. Next, click on Passwords at the top of the window.
3. Find the Wi-Fi network you want the password for and double-click on it.
4. Finally, check the box next to Show password and enter your password when prompted.
The blank password field will then show the password you used to log in to that Wi-Fi network. You can then double-click in the password field to select the password and copy it to your clipboard, if needed.
How to find Wi-Fi passwords with Windows
Finding the password to the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to is simple on Windows, but getting your hands on all stored Wi-Fi passwords takes a bit of work, so we’ll discuss both methods below.
To find the password to the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to on Windows:
1. Click the Start button and then go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center (Windows 11) or Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network and Sharing Center (Windows 10).
2. Next to Connections, click your Wi-Fi network name highlighted in blue.
3. In the Wi-Fi Status page that opens, click Wireless Properties and then on the Security tab.
4. Finally, check the box next to Show characters to display your Wi-Fi network password above it…Read more>>