There are many incidents happen where you have a difficult time remembering your saved wifi password. Majority of you keep lengthy as well as hard to memorize passwords for Wifi networks to keep it secure. However, eventually, you forget it in a few weeks. I can relate as I’ve done this thing so many times.
Now, what if I say that you can easily find your Wifi Password in Windows 10, and other versions. So sit back and stick to this page as we’ve mentioned some of the best methods to find Wifi Passwords on Windows 10, 8, 8.1 as well as Windows 7.
So let’s jump on to the process of finding Wifi Passwords.
How to Find your WiFi Password in Windows 10!
You can find your Wifi Passwords in Windows 10 by 2 methods. Here we have mentioned two primary methods which can help you achieve this.
Method 1: Recovering Password in Windows 10 from Network Settings
To reveal your forgotten password, follow the given steps carefully.
Step 1: First you have to the right click on the Wifi icon located at the bottom left corner of Windows 10 Taskbar and then click on “Open Network & Internet Settings”.
Step 2: Under the Open Network and Internet Settings go to ‘Change your Network Settings’ and tap on the ‘Change Adapter Options’.
Like this you can access to the ‘Change Adapter Options’ selection by taping on the ‘Start’ button, choosing the ‘Settings’ option and give a final click on the ‘Network & Internet’ option.
Now, on the right pane under ‘change your network settings’ locate the Change Adapter options.
Step 3: Locate your Wifi Network Adapter and right click on it and select the ’Status’ option.
Step 4: When you tap on the Status options a Wifi Status pop-up display. Now, you’ve to click on ‘Wireless Properties’ button.
Step 5: Click on the ’Security’ Tab in the pop-up Window that appears and check the ‘Show Characters’ checkbox.
Step 6: Finally, you can see the encrypted password which is being displayed in the plain text in the ‘Network Security Key’.
Method 2: Recovering Wifi Password via Command Prompt in Windows 10
Step 1: First open the ‘Command Prompt’ by searching in Cortana Search Bar in your Windows 10 PC or Laptop. After that, right click and select ‘Run as Administrator’ option.
Step 2: Now to display the list of Wifi Connections you’ve to connect to the past connections recently.
Now run the command given below: “nets plan show profile.”
You’ll find all the ‘User Profiles’. Now, you have to make sure to find the list of all Wifi Networks recently used.
Step 3: To reveal the password of any of the networks, run the given below command
Nets plan show profile “Wi-Fi name” key=clear
Replace the “Wi-Fi name” with the actual SSID of the Wireless network. Copy the encrypted password and use it to authenticate your new devices.
Step 4: Congrats! You have successfully encrypted your Wifi Password via Command Prompt.
How to Find your Wifi Password in Windows 8, 8.1 & Windows 7
The procedure of password retrieval is pretty close to the one in Windows 10.
Method 1: Using the Network & Sharing Settings
Step 1: First, right click on the Wifi icon and select “Open Network & Sharing Centre” option.
You can access by tapping Start > Control Panel > Network & Sharing Center.
Step 2: Now, right click on the current Wifi SSID as defined by ‘Connections’ and select ‘Status’.
Step 3: Under the Wifi Status pop-up tap on the ‘Wireless Properties.’
Step 4: Tap on the Security Tab and check the ‘Show Character’ box.
Step 5: The unencrypted password will be displayed in the plain text.
Method 2: Finding Wifi Password via Command Prompt in Windows 7
Earlier in this article, we have learned how to find Wifi Password in Windows 10. So here we have mentioned the methods to find Wifi passwords in Windows 7.
Step 1: Open the ‘Command Prompt’ and run the following command to display a history of Wifi networks accessed by your PC.
Step 2: Scroll down and locate the ‘User Profiles’. The list of Wifi SSIDs will be displayed. Now to reveal a password for any one of them use the below command:
netsh plan show profile “Wi-Fi name” key=clear.
Step 3: Now again scroll down to “Security Settings” and locate ‘Key Content’ right adjacent the last plaintext password used of the Wifi you connected to will be displayed.
Step 4: Congrats you have successfully unencrypted the password.