Internet has now become essential for making full use of your computers and WiFi has made it even more accessible, reducing the need for cluttered wires to stay online.
WiFi networks are also much more stable and reliable than mobile internet networks, which although have achieved high-speed connectivity, their stability is still an issue.
If you’ve guests over at your place or a visiting colleague at your office, one of the first things they might request is the WiFi password and if you’ve forgotten yours but still have your laptop connected to the network, we can help you dig it out.
Here we’ve explained how to see the WiFi password in Windows 10 through two methods, one of which uses Windows Settings and the other one uses the Command Prompt. While the first method will help you see the password of the WiFi that you’re currently connected to, the second one will help you find the password of all the networks that you’ve connected to in the past.
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How to see current WiFi’s password in Windows 10?
Make sure you’re connected to the WiFi network whose password you want to see and follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Click on the Windows button or menu icon at the bottom-left of your desktop. Then click on the Settings icon. On the Windows Settings page, select Network & Internet.
Step 2: On the Network Status page, click on the Network and Sharing Center option from the list at the bottom.
Step 3: Then on the next page, click on Wi-Fi (Network Name) link beside Connections under View your active networks.
Step 4: Then on the pop-up Wi-Fi Status box, click on the Wireless Properties button.
Step 5: Then on the Wireless Network Properties box, first click on the Security tab and then on the checkbox beside Show characters, located below Network security key.
How to see WiFi passwords for all connected networks in Windows 10?
Using this method, you can view WiFi passwords for all the networks that your Windows 10 PC or laptop has connected to in the past.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + R to start the Run prompt.
Step 2: Type cmd to launch the Windows Command Prompt.
Step 2: Type the following command and it will display all the WiFi networks that are or were connected to your Windows 10 computer.
netsh wlan show profiles
Step 3: Take note of the network you want the password for and type in the following command:
netsh wlan show profile name="network name" key=clear
Replace “network name” with the name of the WiFi network whose password you want to see. If your network name contains spaces or is more than a word long, then keep the double quotes or else lose them.
You’ll now be able to see the WiFi passwords alongwith other relevant network details.
Also read: How to find stored passwords in Windows 10?
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