It can be difficult to remember the passwords of all Wi-Fi networks you have connected to and disconnected from in the past. Your own modem password may be the password of a cafe, school, library or home networks of friends and relatives.
Method 1: Use Settings to View Windows Wi-Fi Password
- In Windows 10 , select the Start button, then Settings > Network and Internet > Status > Network and Sharing Center .
- Search for Network in Windows 8.1 or 7, and then select Network and Sharing Center from the list of results .
- In the Network and Sharing Center, next to Connections , select the name of your Wi-Fi network.
- In the Wi-Fi Status, select Wireless Properties .
- Select the Security tab in Wireless Network Properties , then check the Show characters checkbox.
Your Wi-Fi network password is displayed in the Network security key box.
Method 2: 2 Steps to View Saved Wi-Fi Password with Command Prompt
Step 1. Open Command Prompt with administrative access (this is important) and type the following command:
netsh wlan show profiles
** To open the command prompt as an administrator; Type command prompt in the Windows search section, right-click the command prompt that appears and open as administrator .
As you can see below, all Wi-Fi networks you have connected to in the past are displayed with their SSID names.
Step 2. Next, type this command in the same Command Prompt window:
netsh wlan show profile name="Profile-Name" key=clear
The profile name must be the full SSID name of the Wi-Fi network whose password you want to learn and be written without quotes. See screenshot below to understand the correct format.
If you just want to view the password (Key Content) and not unnecessary details, change the command slightly:
netsh wlan show profile "Profile Name" key=clear | findstr Key
I used Windows 10 to demonstrate the process, it also works on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 11.