How To Recover Wi- Fi Password?


People fail to remember their passwords all the time, but if there’s one kind of password that most of them fail to remember it has to be the Wi-Fi password. Most people configure Wi-Fi networks once, enter the password on all their devices and erase it from their mind completely. Until you buy a new phone, or a guest wants to access the network on their smartphone, that’s when a frenzied search for the Wi-Fi password arises, before giving up and resetting your wireless router. Before you go down that path, here are a few tips to retrieve your saved Wi-Fi passwords.

Note that this is not a guidebook to hack into Wi-Fi networks. That is against the law and could land you into far more grave trouble than you probably realize. These steps are only for retrieving your own Wi-Fi password, and are difficult if you have not already got access to the network on one of your devices. If you have forgotten the password of your Wi-Fi network, follow these steps to recover it.


While you might come across several apps that boast to let you recover saved Wi-Fi passwords, you do not need any of those on Windows PCs. Even if you do not have administrator access on your PC, you can look up the Wi-Fi password by following these steps. Note that this technique only works when the security is set to Personal – if you are connected to an Organization network, such as your office Wi-Fi, then this method will not show the password.

  1. Using a PC that is connected to the Wi-Fi network in question, go to Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Centre. On Windows 8 computers, you can tap Windows key + C, click Search and look for Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click Change adapter settings on the left sidebar.
  3. Right-click the Wi-Fi network you’re using and click on Status.
  4. Click Wireless properties.
  5. Click the Security tab.
  6. Now you will see the name of the Wi-Fi network and the hidden password. Check Show characters to reveal the saved password.


You can find saved Wi-Fi passwords through the Keychain Access app on the Mac. Here’s how.

  1. Go to /Applications/Utilities.
  2. Open Keychain Access. Go to the System keychain listed under the Key chains on the top left.
  3. Search for the Wi-Fi network you are trying to find the password for, by typing the name of the network (SSID) in the search box in the top right corner, or by manually finding it in the list.
  4. Double-click the name of the network and in the resultant box, check the Show password option.


  1. Enter the user account password when prompted and you’ll be shown the saved Wi-Fi password in clear-text.

Through the router


In case you don’t have a Windows or Mac computer that has the Wi-Fi permits saved, or if you are trying to do this with your phone or tablet, you can still try to find the saved Wi-Fi password through the router. Obviously this will only work if you are connected to the router’s network – remember you can connect to the router with an Ethernet cable as well. Tablets and mobile phones cannot proceed further unless they are already connected to the Wi-Fi network.

The steps will vary slightly with each router. Changing the wrong settings here may mess up the wireless network for everyone, so proceed at your own risk.

  1. First, open your browser and go to the router’s local address – this is usually – but the URL varies depending on the make of the router, so check the manual (or the official website) to find the correct address.
  2. Enter the username and password. Again, this will vary by manufacturer, and you can and should change the passwords as well. By default on most routers, both the username and password are “admin” without the quotes (other routers often have “password” without quotes as the default password). You will have to check with the router manufacturer or ISP if these combinations do not work.
  3. Click Internet and then click Wireless. In some routers the Wireless option may be visible on the main screen. In this section you’ll see the security type (WEP, WPA, etc.) and the key. Some routers may have these options under a Security tab.

The box next to the key field contains the password for the Wi-Fi network. On many routers this is in plain text, so you can just note it down.

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by techtalks @TechTalks August 12, 2015 12:21 PM UTC


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