Since your computer only has to know your Wi-Fi password once and it will automatically join the network whenever it is nearby, it is quite normal to forget your WiFi password. Fortunately, there are several ways to find out the WiFi password on Windows 10 computers if you can’t recall it and need to use it on another PC or share it with someone else.
This guide will teach you the different methods to find out your Wi-Fi password on a Windows 10 PC. Depending on your preferences and how much control you have over the PC’s settings if you’re not the administrator, you’ll find each option useful.
How Can I Find Out the Wi-Fi Password on my Windows 10 PC?
Below are different ways to find out the Wi-Fi password on a Windows 10 PC.
Find Out Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 through Settings
Users can check their Wi-Fi settings and see their Wi-Fi password more easily with Windows 10’s settings. To view the WiFi password on Windows 10 through settings, follow these instructions:
- Click Settings from the PC’s Start menu, then select Network & Internet
- Next, scroll down and select Network and Sharing Center from the Status section.
- Now select your Wi-Fi network name from the area labeled View your active networks
- Select the Wireless Properties option here when the Wi-Fi Status window appears.
- After that, switch to the Security page and choose the Show characters checkbox to find out your Wi-Fi password.
Finding out the Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 is straightforward through the above steps. If, however, it doesn’t work, try any of the other methods below.
View Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10 through the Control Panel
You can immediately access your WiFi network settings by using the Run command if you would like a quicker method and don’t mind remembering a brief command. This approach should work for you as long as you have access to your network settings.
Follow these steps:
- By using the Windows+R keys, bring up the Run dialog. Type “ncpa.cpl” into the text area, and then click OK.
- Right-clicking on your WiFi network here and choosing Status from the context menu will instantly display your network connection in the control panel.
- In the WiFi Status window, click Wireless Properties.
- To view your WiFi password, first select the Security tab, and then click Show characters.
Use a Power Shell Command to View Wi-Fi Password on Windows 10
It’s possible to access a ton of information about your network, including its password, in the Power Shell by using the Network Shell (Netsh) command.
You’ll also be able to view all of the network passwords your PC has previously connected to using this way. Note that this won’t work if you have previously forgotten a network’s specifics using the Forget option.
Here’s how to find out your Wi-Fi password on Windows 10 with a Power Shell command:
- Use the Start menu’s right-click menu to select PowerShell from the list.
- Press the Enter key after typing the “netsh wlan show profiles” command in this box. Underneath the User profiles area, you can view the names of all your saved networks.
- Simply copy the network name(s) from here so you can use it in the next command.
- Use the following command, replacing “wifiname” with the real name of the network, to find the password for any one of the saved networks:
“netsh wlan show profile “name=wifiname” key=clear”
- When you click the Enter key, several data about this network will appear. The password will be displayed here, next to Key content, in the Security settings section.
In summary, this article has described three different ways to find out Wi-Fi passwords on Windows 10 devices. So, if you ever forget your Wi-Fi password, try any of the suggested methods to remember it.
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