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How to find the WiFi password using CMD?

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There are several ways to find the WiFi password, and one of them is via the Windows Command Prompt (CMD).

CMD is a command-line interpreter in Windows that allows you to perform various functions, including changing directories, modifying file types, and shutting down the Windows system.

However, in this article, we will explain how to find the WiFi password using the Command Prompt (CMD).


Why you should use CMD to find WiFi password?

People may ask why they should use CMD to find the WiFi password, even if there are other ways to do so. Here are some reasons for this:

  • Quick and direct access: You can use the command prompt to access the network directly without having to use the graphical user interface.
  • No additional software is required: The command prompt is an in-built feature, and knowing how to operate this tool guarantees that you can use Windows a bit more seamlessly.
  • Troubleshooting: A command prompt can also be used remotely, enabling IT professionals to troubleshoot effectively.
  • Learning opportunity: People usually avoid learning the command prompt. Using the tool for small tasks, such as finding the WiFi password, will allow users to learn more about it.

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How to find the WiFi password using CMD?

Now that we have understood why you should use CMD to find the WiFi password let us learn the steps:

Step 1: Search Command Prompt or cmd in the taskbar search bar and click on the relevant option to open the tool.

Step 2: Next, type the following command and then press Enter:

netsh wlan show profile

This command will show you all the networks that your device has connected to.

Step 3: Now, select the network whose password you need. Here is the command:

netsh wlan show profile name= "WiFi name" key=clear

For example, if I want to find the password for the network ‘UshaYadav5G’, the command will look something like: netsh wlan show profile name= "UshaYadav5G" key=clear

Step 4: Head to the Key Content option to see the password.

In conclusion, finding the WiFi password via the command prompt is quite easy. Two commands are all you need, and you’re good to go. Follow the instructions above to do this easily.

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Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: kumarhemant@pm.me

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