Wi-Fi connections have become quite ubiquitous over the years, thanks to the ever-growing content on the internet and a list of people to communicate on a daily basis. Are you guilty of going to a totally new place and asking for the Wi-Fi password? We all are and I think this habit, too, has become pervasive. But what happens when you’ve forgotten your own Wi-Fi password? Well, this tutorial will help you to check the Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 PC. Keep in mind though, you can only find out the password if your device is and or ever was connected to the PC. So, dive in!
How to Check the Wi-Fi password on Windows 10
Method 1: Settings
Use this method if you are trying to see the password of the network you are currently connected to.
Press the Start button and search for the Control Panel. Click Enter on the first search result.
Inside the Control Panel app, select Network and Internet. It is the hub of all the network connections your PC has ever dealt with.
A new window will open. Select View network status and tasks under Network and Sharing Center.
Once inside the Network and Sharing Center, navigate to Change adapter settings on the left-hand pane.
The adapter settings will show you all the networks connected to your PC. Select the network whose password you want to know. Now, click on the View status of this connection on the top right corner.
A pop-up dialog box will be opened. This setting option will show you all the options related to your Wi-Fi connection, like the IP address or the speed. Select Wireless Properties next to Details option. You’ll see a window with two tabs – Select Security. This will tell you what type of security your network has, the encryption type and the Network security key, which in layman’s term is the password you are looking for. The password will be hidden for security purposes so just click on Show characters and voila, you have your Wi-Fi password.
Method 2: Command Prompt
Use this method if you are trying to figure out the password of the network that is out of range.
Fire up the Start menu and search for Command Prompt. Right-click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator.
After the Administrator: Command Prompt is opened, type netsh wlan show profile. This command will list all the Wi-Fi networks once and or still connected to your PC.
To reveal the password of any of the listed network, enter the command netsh wlan show profile “NETWORK NAME” key=clear which will give the password for this particular Wi-Fi. Make sure to substitute NETWORK NAME to a Wi-Fi network’s name that is in your list. We have put the name of our Wi-Fi network, that is “illustrake.”
Here, you’ll clearly see the password for the network you requested for. It’s right next to Key content. This command will not only reveal the password of your network, but it’ll also give you some additional details of the said connection, like radio type, authentication, etc.
These were the two heck easy techniques to know your Wi-Fi password. Remember, this isn’t “how to hack a Wi-Fi password tutorial”. This will only show you how to check the Wi-Fi password for the networks you had (or still are) connected to, on your Windows 10 PC.