Have you forgotten the WiFi Password? Or Don’t Remember it so that you can connect a different device? Well sit tight as we are going to see the easiest methods to find your WiFi password on computer.
WiFi expanded as Wireless Fidelity is the technology which literally revolutionized internet connectivity. WiFi freed us from cables and wires for good. It’s everywhere now, from smartphones to smart gadgets in our home.
Before WiFi, we lived in the era of cables where everything needs to be physically connected with each other to communicate. WiFi made it possible to communicate without any physical medium.
We use internet on our phones either by using Mobile Data or connecting to a WiFi network. WiFi provides good connection and speeds and also saves battery. You know what I’m talking about. If you use Mobile Data and WiFi on your phone, it’s really obvious that Mobile Data consumes more battery than when we are connected to a WiFi terminal.
Everybody uses WiFi. The chances that you are reading this article by connecting to a WiFi network is high. Enough about the whole Wireless sh*t. Let’s get to the point. We are going to see different ways to find wifi password from your computer. Stick to the bottom of the post as we have a way to see saved WiFi passwords on Android as well.
Forgotten WiFi Password?
It is always good to have your WiFi network encrypted with a secure password. If the network is Open, you wouldn’t be able to control the who get connected to the network. People can simple connect to the network without your permission and start using data. But the bad thing about this is that hackers can easily get confidential information or files from any connected devices easily. See our post on How to Access Shared Windows Folders over WiFi.
We are humans and can easily forget passwords. I personally tend to forget my passwords all the time. But yeah if you forget your WiFi password, you can easily get it if you are on a Windows PC or on an Android Phone (rooted).
WiFi passwords are stored on the system in an encrypted way. We can access these files to reveal the passwords of all the saved networks. Exciting…isn’t it?
How to get WiFi password from Computer
If you are wondering how to find your internet password? or how to check the WiFi password on your PC? Then you are at the right place. We will be seeing How can someone check the WiFi password on their PC using very simple method.
If you have connected to a WiFi network and then forgot the password for some reason, then you can easily find out what the WiFi password was in few easy steps.
People sometimes use complicated passwords with numbers, alphabets, special characters and is pretty long. It’s a good thing… Makes it very difficult to crack the password when it has a complex combination. But the thing is that, long complicated passwords can be forgotten easily.
Out of these two, which one do you think is easy to memorize:
The second one is impossible to crack and easy to forget. Which one would you prefer, a password which is easy to remember and less secure or something which is secure af and impossible to remember?
If you are second kinda person, chances are you are her because you forgot your WiFi password…Here’s how you can figure out your WiFi password.Did you know?
How To Find WiFi Password On Windows 10
If you are on a Windows 10 PC, you can find your WiFi password in two methods. One is the direct and easy method were you can get the password of the WiFi network that you are currently connected to. In the more advanced method, you will be able to retrieve the password of all the saved WiFi networks.
Find WiFi Password On Windows 10 from Control Panel
This is the easy method which I have told about. This method is for the noobs. Here is How it’s done.
Step 1: Go to Control Panel on your Windows computer.
Step 2: Click on Network and Internet.
Step 3: Next go to Network and Sharing Center.
Step 4: Click on Adapter Settings from the left pane.
Step 5: This will show you the network adapter on your computer. Right Click on your WiFi adapter and select Status.
Step 7: This will bring a window where you can see WiFi Status. Click on Wireless Properties
Step 8: From the new window, click on the Security tab and check the Show characters checkbox.
Find WiFi Password On Windows 10 using Command Prompt
Now we are going to see how pros find their WiFi passwords using Command Prompt. In this method you can not only get the password of the current network, but also the networks you have connected to in the past.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt by Clicking Win + X or Click Win + R and enter cmd.
Step 2: Enter the below line in CMD. Copy it and right click while in cmd to paste it. Hit Enter. You will be able to see the list of saved WiFi networks.
netsh wlan show profile
Step 3: Now to get the WiFi password of the particular network, enter the following line of code. Make sure you replace the <wifi name> with yours. Hit Enter. You will able to see a lot of info regarding the WiFi access point. Scroll to the Security Settings section. You will find Key Content. The value corresponding to key content is the WiFi password of that particular access point.
netsh wlan show profile name=<wifi name> key=clear
Done. You have successfully retrieved the WiFi password of your Access point.
How to find WiFi password on Android Phone
Now let us see how we can find saves WiFi passwords on Android Phone. This method needs root permission, which means that you should have a rooted device. This is because we need to access a system folder which otherwise is not accessible.
Here is how you can get the WiFi password on your phone:
Step 1: We are going to use ES File Explorer which is a great file manager which allows supports Root mode. If you don’t already have it installed, you can just download it here.
Step 2: Open ES File Explorer, navigate to the Root(/) folder. You will be able to see a folder called Data. Open the folder, then go to misc >> wifi folder.
Step 3: You will be able to see a file named wpa_supplicant.conf. Open the file in ES File Explorer’s built in Note Editor. You will able to see the saved passwords of all the WiFi networks that was connected to in the past.
You will be able to see the Saved WiFI names and their passwords or Pre-Shared Key(psk).
Its very easy to forget your password especially when the password is very complicated. But you can easily see the WiFi password of the current network as well as all the previous saved networks in Windows computer or in Android pretty easily.